What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., from U. of Mass. Medical Center, describes mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Studies from the last 20 years show that mindfulness training has broad applications. It is especially beneficial for individuals suffering from multiple life situations, most of all addictions!
Benefits of Mindfulness Training
At Providence Treatment, we place a high priority on the training and the practice of mindfulness meditation. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, an overly active mind, or just general discontentment – mindfulness is a proven strategy to reduce these diseases in our lives.
Stress reduction is a major benefit of mindfulness. Often, substance abuse is an unhealthy reaction to stress. Once you learn to handle stress healthily, recovery becomes much more achievable.
Practicing mindfulness can also have positive effects on your relationships with loved ones. Approaching conflicts with a calm, observant mindset reduces reactionary anger. It can help you better communicate your feelings as well. This approach makes it easier to mend relationships broken by your addiction.
Mindfulness training can also be an essential part of relapse prevention. Without coping skills like mindfulness, cravings can be impossible to manage. However, the ability to take a step back and acknowledge the craving without acting upon it is invaluable. Paired with other coping mechanisms like participating in a hobby and talking to a friend, maintaining recovery is much easier.