Mindfulness Reduces Stress

Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Mindfulness helps individuals reduce feelings of stress

Stress impacts how we think and feel, and it can cause us to turn to familiar sources of comfort. Unfortunately for addicts, sources of comfort often include drugs such as Ambien. Stress can increase cravings making it a primary contributor to relapse. Mindfulness helps individuals reduce feelings of stress and manage those feelings when they cannot be avoided or mitigated. Increasing a person’s ability to cope with stress ultimately decreases the occurrence of powerful triggers for relapse.

Mindfulness Limits Thoughts That Could Lead to Relapse

Sustaining recovery involves thinking positively. However, life will always have its ups and downs, and negative thoughts cannot be avoided all the time. These negative thoughts can challenge recovery, but the journal Substance Abuse explains, “mindfulness meditation limits experiential avoidance by promoting nonjudgmental acceptance of moment-to-moment thoughts and by interrupting the tendency to respond using maladaptive behaviors such as substance use” (“Mindfulness-Based Therapies for Substance Use Disorders: Part 1,” 2009). Practicing mindfulness allows Ambien addicts to acknowledge negative thoughts and responses and react to them objectively rather than engage in negative, potentially relapse-triggering thought patterns or coping mechanisms.

Mindfulness Increases Awareness

Just as mindfulness helps individuals see negative thoughts objectively, it also allows them to see all thoughts objectively. This helps recovering addicts recognize all the thoughts and behaviors that led to drug use in the past. This awareness is a powerful tool in learning more about yourself, drug use cues and how to maintain recovery on an individual basis.

Mindfulness Provides a Sense of Agency

Substance Abuse explains that mindfulness is, “positively associated with a sense of agency related to cessation.” This means that mindfulness allows individuals to see the role and strength they have in their own recovery. This sense of power and agency provides confidence and hope for future recovery maintenance. If an individual is responsible for his own recovery, he can continue to be so.

Mindfulness Aids in Mental Health Recovery

Mindfulness is a powerful tool in addiction recovery, and it is also a powerful tool for recovery from other mental health concerns. Since addiction often co-occurs with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, this means mindfulness can serve “double duty” in treatment, offering support for these interrelated issues. Both addiction and mental health must be addressed for complete and lasting recovery, so therapeutic processes that offer support for both are particularly helpful.

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