Meditation is recognized as an essential part of the successful 12-Step program (number 11) to be extremely effective when included in traditional addiction recovery therapy plans.
A sense of calmness, peace and focus, invaluable to recovery, are all gained via mediation.
Through meditation in recovery, addicts are taught how to breathe slowly and deeply thereby quieting their minds which in turn provides an increase of self-awareness, positive reactions to stress and a diminished auto response to substance abuse.
Some also discover an increase in creative expression, like painting, writing or sculpting which can also bring a sense of peace and accomplishment.
The practice of meditation in recovery, although non-religious, will often produce a spiritual connection and awareness of a higher power. That connection most often generates a sense of strength and motivation to stay strong against relapse.
Meditation for recovery learned during rehab will be an invaluable long-term recovery tool that can be used at home.
Sit, Stay, Breathe
Where meditation takes place is just as important as the practice itself. Many mediators prepare a special place in their homes to be used specifically for meditation. To be able to reach that place of peace and increased focus, one must have pure quietness and no distractions to disrupt the process.
It’s not necessary to have an entire room set aside to meditate; a comfortable place to sit will be adequate. This space must be free of electronics; television, telephone, and computer.
Although having a loving pet by your side may be comforting, it’s not recommended during meditation as they can be distracting and break your concentration.
Silence is Golden
Choose a quiet area that is comfortable. For some that may be a dark space devoid of windows or with curtains drawn. It may be sunny and bright with the added benefit of the sun’s warmth. Sit on the floor, on a comfy chair, on a sofa, or yoga mat; as long as it is comfortable.
Breathe deeply and slowly. Concentrate on breathing; becoming more and more relaxed.
Focus on one object that is pleasing, clearing the mind of all other thoughts. Once this point is reached, recovering addicts often look at their lives and choices they make with a better understanding of their addiction without self-criticism. They can then determine what they need to do to maintain their sobriety.
Often times the sense of peace and inner-joy achieved during meditation in recovery is carried out in day to day life thereby reducing the chances of relapse. Just breathe.