A Recipe for Success: Meditation, Mindfulness, and Rest

The world of recovery is highly individualized. Treatment programs are most successful when they are specifically catered to the unique needs of the individual. Even in the infamous twelve steps which collectively promote a “psychic change” through a “spiritual experience”, the words describe finding God “as we understood Him”.

A Recipe for Success: Meditation, Mindfulness, and Rest

Post-treatment, the individual takes that approach and applies it to their own life. Synchronizing different tools and practices into one comprehensive program for life is part of the recovery process as a whole. Each day we pick up new pieces of information which might be beneficial to our new way of living. We try them on, we see where they fit into our existing program. If we like them, we fit them into our a schedule as part of a new routine. If they don’t, we “take what we want and leave the rest”, as it is often said.

Meditation, Mindfulness, and Rest

Recovery is not often equated with success in the terms of being goal-oriented. Long term recovery and abstinence from drugs and alcohol could be seen as measures of success. Recovery is less something that we do or achieve, but more something that we actively live and are. It is part of our being. Still, the idea of maintaining sobriety is a serious factor in ‘successfully’ staying sober. It must be noted, that relapse, chronic or intermittent, is not ‘failing’.

Addiction and alcoholism are progressive illnesses requiring serious care. However progressive the disease may be, recovery is equally progressive. That is why incorporating proven practices into our daily lives is critical. They keep us healthy, present, and in a state of emotional regulation. Getting too far out of sync with our normal practices puts us at risk for participating in old behaviors, which could eventually lead to a drink or a drug.

Individually, meditation, mindfulness, and rest are core components for a successful recovery program. Using just one or the other are considerably less effective than using all three on a regular basis. Meditation is effective in reducing stress, both external and internal. Mindfulness is important for enhancing focus and being present. Connecting to compassion and empathy for others is made easier through mindfulness based practices, helping us to get out of ourselves. Sleep is arguably one of the most important parts of any lifestyle. Humans benefit the most from eight hours of sleep a night. HALT, hungry, angry, lonely, tired, is a red flag for recovery. Sleep is a necessity in staying mindful and meditated throughout the day.

 

Aurora Recovery Centers encourages the development of mindfulness and meditation practices as part of a holistic program for recovery. Supplementing evidence based treatment with nurturing care for body and spirit, Aurora offers patients individualized plans for treatment for addiction and dual diagnosis issues. For more information call 1844 515 STOP.