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Why to Practice Meditation in Recovery

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Creating a plan for substance abuse recovery is as unique a process as each individual trying to recover.  Each person has different needs and their treatment plan will reflect that.  There are many different techniques that can be successfully used during their recovery to aid in successful rehabilitation.  One such technique that is often overlooked is meditation.  Meditation can be very useful when it is understood and used properly as part of a complete treatment plan.  Using meditation during recovery can help decrease the likelihood of a relapse and will give those using it a better understanding of themselves and their addiction.

What is Meditation

Many people have a misunderstanding about what meditation is and how it is used.  It is often discarded as a legitimate method of helping people despite the fact that it has proven to be useful in helping people with many different areas of their lives.  Many people imagine sitting in complete silence and spending a lot of time doing this.  While silence can play a role in meditation, it is not necessary for the method to be successful.  That is something that will depend upon your personal needs and preferences.  And there is no need to devote large amounts of time in order to be successful when using this as part of a treatment plan.  It can be just as effective to spend 15 minutes as it can be spending several hours if everything is done correctly.  The main purpose is to help you observe your own thoughts and feelings without judging yourself for having these thoughts and feelings.  And if properly used, it can even be done while on the move and doing the things that you normally do during your day.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation can have a useful role in a treatment plan if used properly.  The benefits may be surprising but can clearly help those dealing with substance abuse recovery be more successful.  Meditation can help determine what led to addiction and what feelings or thoughts can cause issues with your recovery.  By adding meditation into your treatment plan, you will be creating a positive habit to fall back onto during your treatment and even afterward.  Meditation is a unique tool as it is something that can be continued even after the treatment plan has been completed and you move back into your regular life.

The overall benefits relate both to the recovery period itself and to other aspects of your life.  One benefit that will have a lasting impact on your life is stress relief.  Proper use of meditation will allow a person to relax and go about their life without overwhelming themselves.  Another benefit is that meditation can give those who are used to the fast-paced lifestyle of parties an alternative to help keep them occupied and distracted while trying to overcome the desire to fall back into old habits.  The more someone is able to avoid falling into old habits and patterns, the more likely they are to be able to successfully recover from substance abuse in the long term.

Why You Should Meditate

Meditation is a very useful tool when used as part of a substance abuse treatment plan.  It offers the benefit of being a tool that a person can continue to use long after the treatment period is over.  Recovery from any substance abuse is a mentally taxing ordeal and can be very difficult for people to undergo.  Meditation is an excellent treatment option that allows people to gain control of themselves and to get to know themselves in such a way that they may continue to be successful long after their treatment period is over. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and need to talk to someone, contact us at Lake Hughes Recovery today. We want to help!

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