Five Ways to use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Five Ways to use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Try to become more aware of your feelings and beliefs and things will become much clearer

Mindfulness is a common technique for introspection and reflection. Mindfulness is all about trying to develop a good moment-to-moment understanding of what is going on in and around us. It is about not attaching judgment to your emotions or experiences and allowing yourself to feel emotions safely and with less discomfort.

Mindfulness has been used for spiritual and physical purposes by people for thousands of years, and is a good way to help understand our own feelings, strengths and shortcomings. Here are five useful ways you can employ techniques of mindfulness to help you sustain and strengthen your addiction recovery.

  1. Recognize Triggers in Your Mind

One of the most important aspects of fighting addiction is to understand what triggers your cravings to use. By using techniques of mindfulness, you can identify what creates cravings, while maintaining your clarity and sobriety. It might be as simple as sitting at a bus stop and recognizing that when you wait for the bus you begin to crave methadone. This could be due to the fact that the bus passes by places you used to use or buy this substance. Maybe a certain environment or a certain situation triggers you to use drugs or abuse alcohol. By becoming aware of the source of your triggers, you can learn to avoid them and maintain your sobriety.

  1. Separate Fact From Fiction

Addicts often have a hard time separating fact from fiction. A methadone addict, for example, may believe that he will always be an addict and doesn’t deserve to have a healthy and fulfilling life because of mistakes he has made in the past. He may start to believe that the people who try to help him get clean don’t have his best interests at heart or only want to control him. By practicing meditation and mindfulness, however, he may be able to see more clearly the way methadone is destroying his life and take steps toward seeking treatment.

  1. Disentangle Your Thoughts

Drugs can create general confusion, irrational thinking and induce states of cognitive dissonance, where an individual believes two opposing beliefs at the same time. Drug abuse can also induce confusion and delusions, leading to paranoia and depression. One way to fight this is to disentangle your thoughts using mindfulness. Try to become more aware of your feelings and beliefs and things will become much clearer.

  1. Experience the Negativity

While many drug intervention programs are focused on minimizing the negative states associated with drug abuse and taking you out of the environment that triggers your abuse, there is another interesting technique that you can try. Instead of trying to minimize negativity and craving, and instead of employing techniques of aversion, a mindful person can try to fully recognize and fully experience this negativity. To do this in a mindful way, sit and relax, and identify negative emotions and cravings. Feel these negative and painful emotions fully and learn to identify and name them. You may be surprised that this allows you to let go of these thoughts more quickly.

  1. Be Yourself

This is the most basic and important thing you can gain through mindfulness. Understanding which parts of you are parts you recognize as yourself, and understanding which feelings are only brought about by cravings will allow you to act on feelings that are independent of drug abuse. Don’t give in to the pull of the drugs.

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