During the addiction recovery process, there are many self attributes that must be worked upon in order to grow out of old beliefs, habits, and desires. Compassion, forgiveness, and mindfulness are just a few. Mindfulness is an important component that some are known to struggle with during drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Being conscious of the things happening during recovery is one part of being mindful; however, in order to really be a mindful individual in that setting, it is important to not only be conscious of things but also understand the reasoning behind them, be aware of emotions, thoughts, and feelings and to retain a non-judgmental form of observation.
A tool that many addiction rehabilitation facilities use is called mindfulness meditation. It includes all of the characteristics above, combined with the therapeutic and reflective properties of meditation. During rehabilitation, individuals who wish to practice mindfulness meditation are instructed to be aware of the object they wish to focus on; they then must focus their attention on the object and remember to keep it there. With the three steps, awareness, attention, and remembering, mindfulness meditation can bring many benefits to an individual carving a new path in a rehab program.
Particularly popular to individuals following a spiritual path in a recovery program, in recent years, it has also become popular amongst others who would not consider their path to rehabilitation spiritual in nature. This growth in interest is attributed to the benefits associated with the form of therapy. Perhaps the most important benefit of mindfulness meditation is the higher ability to deal with stress in those who practice it. As the meditation focuses on the present, individuals get pulled away from worrying about what will happen in the future and eventually observe the tendency of the mind to go to such things known as “what ifs.” By controlling this tendency, which often leads to stress, individuals can learn to manage stress to a higher degree. Along with stress, this form of meditation similarly diminishes anxiety. By controlling stress, individuals also learn to break out of negative thought patterns.
It reduces anxiety, and individuals who practice mindfulness meditation have also been found to have fewer symptoms of depression. It is also known to increase self-awareness in patients that need improvement, including physical, emotional, and mental aspects. With the practice of mindfulness meditation, individuals can gain a better understanding of their own thoughts and goals, and they can better adapt to new forms of thinking and living.
Mindfulness is a thought process that is ultimately inescapable during the addiction recovery process. To some degree, it is necessary in order to learn habits and mindsets away from drug abuse. When an individual focuses on being mindful and practices using it throughout their days, it can help expedite the process of throwing out the old and bringing in the new, so to speak. It is a tool that can be extremely helpful with some of the most difficult parts of recovery and should be researched and practiced by anyone who feels they could benefit from it.