Relieving Stress and Anxiety During Addiction Recovery


Relieving Stress and Anxiety During Addiction Recovery

Meditation Can Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety During Addiction Recovery

There are many forms of treatment available for anyone seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction. Just as all drugs are different so are the people that use them. The one consequence that drug or alcohol dependency has in common is the fact that during recovery most people go through depression and anxiety.


Medications can be prescribed for people suffering from depression during their recovery process from addiction and they do help. Antidepressants are very useful when treating different forms of depression and have helped many people cope while working on their recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.

A form of Alternative Medicine that can be used along with traditional forms of treatment is called Meditation. There are many different types of meditation and most of them came from ancient religious and spiritual traditions. Using a meditation technique during abstinence and recovery from using substances has helped many people cope, decreased their depression and their anxiety. Meditation is mentally and physically relaxing and has a positive effect on a person's over-all health and well-being.

Meditation can be an important part of addiction recovery for many people. Many Holistic addiction rehabilitation centers include meditation in their treatment programs. In order to successfully recover from dependency to drugs, alcohol, or food addiction, the individual needs to learn positive coping skills and behaviors. Using meditation is a healthy way to cope with stress, tension and anxiety.

Life can be very stressful at times and when a person is changing negative behaviors and thinking patterns it's not always easy to stay positive all the time. Including meditation in your daily life can not only offer calmness and relaxation it can help you to stay positive and focused.

Meditation can make a huge difference when it comes to relapse for some people. Practicing meditation helps a person to change their thought process and emotions. After a while for some people, just thinking about meditation helps them to begin to relax.

Meditation doesn't take the place of medical care but it can help with stress, anxiety, create calmness, improve psychological balance, and improve overall wellness. When a person uses meditation they learn to focus their attention. In some types of meditation the person becomes mindful or aware of their feelings, thoughts and sensations without being critical of what they feel or think.

There are many benefits associated with meditating on a regular basis. Not only can meditation benefit a person during and after their recovery from drug addiction, but meditation can also help with treating other disorders which include:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Chronic pain
  3. Depression
  4. Tension
  5. Stress
  6. Migraines
  7. Headaches
  8. High blood pressure
  9. Insomnia
  10. Life threatening physical illness
  11. While recovering from illness or accidents

Mindfulness Meditation is associated with changes in areas of the brain that involve memory, learning and emotions according to a recent study. The individual focuses their attention on their breathing in order to become more conscious or aware of the present.

Mantra Meditation involves phrases or words that are repeated over and over out loud or silently, to focus the attention, timed with the breath.

A physical technique involves movement like Tai Chi or Qi Gong which stills the mind. The individual coordinates their breath and their body with gentle slow movement.

The technique of emptying or clearing your mind, letting go of any thoughts or letting thoughts float in and out of awareness or consciousness is extremely calming and relaxing.

No matter what form of meditation a person chooses the mental and physical benefits are worth your time. Meditation isn't a cure for depression, anxiety or stress but can definitely make them manageable. Awareness meditation is very peaceful and it doesn't cost a dime.

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