Before we enter recovery, drugs and alcohol essentially are our only coping mechanisms to deal with life. Recovery is all about finding new ways to deal with the stresses and problems of life- all without drugs or alcohol in the equation. A perfect example of this is meditation. Here we break down the benefits of meditation in sobriety and a life in recovery.
So what is meditation?
Meditation is the practice of using certain techniques to obtain an emotionally calm state with a clear mind. These techniques include simple practices, such as focusing on one’s breathing or a single thought.
Early sobriety (and life in general) is a time often ripe with a rollercoaster of emotions. Practicing mindfulness and meditation, no matter how strange it may feel to us, will help us balance these emotions.
What are the benefits of meditation in recovery?
Stress is a major trigger for us. Fortunately for us, studies have shown that mediation has a profound ability to cause stress reduction in those who practice it. (1)
Help rid cravings
Cravings are an unfortunate reality for most of us in early sobriety. Once craving starts, it can be awfully hard to break our fixation on it. When we master meditation, however, we are able to break through these thoughts and clear our minds. (3)
Early sobriety is often ripe with racing thoughts, worry, and fear. These thoughts can lead to powerful anxiety. Studies have shown that meditation has the ability to provide anxiety relief to those who practice it. (2)
Help with sleep
Sleeping difficulties is one of the most common problems in early sobriety. One study found that meditation not only helped participants to fall asleep faster, but they also stayed asleep longer than participants who did not meditate. (4)
Meditation can provide the spiritual aspect of some programs
Some recovery programs, such as Twelve Step programs, have a spiritual component to them that make some of us uncomfortable. Meditation, however, can provide an excellent substitute to prayer. Meditation often ends up becoming an essential component to our recovery programs.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.