How Meditation Helps During and After Rehab

Whether you opt for an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program, your provider can recommend alternative therapies to support your recovery. Meditation is a common option thanks to its science-backed benefits for your health. Meditation is a practice that builds self-awareness and focuses on calming your mind through breathwork and attentiveness.

Meditation can be a sitting practice that you can perform with or without guidance throughout the exercise. It can also take the form of moving meditation where you can find your center more easily and comfortably as you go through specific and gentle moves. If you are more inclined toward the latter type, yoga or Tai Chi may be helpful. You can experiment with various kinds during your treatment to determine which sort of meditation works best for you.

Physical Benefits

Dealing with cravings is a key element of addiction recovery. Common symptoms include insomnia and feeling jumpy. Meditation helps anchor you in the current moment and be more in touch with your body. This can help you anchor yourself and recognize what you are dealing with and process it more healthily. The focus on the breath with certain meditations can help regulate your nervous system and help you develop a feeling of ease and comfort over time.

Growing more comfortable in your own body can make a positive difference as you go through rehabilitation. It can also help you feel more ready to engage in physical activity again with yoga or other exercise routines.

Psychological Benefits

Thanks to its positive impact on your nervous system, meditation offers cognitive and emotional benefits. This practice can alleviate depression and anxiety, which is critical when you learn to live without addiction and lay solid foundations for a sober lifestyle.

Meditation promotes not only relaxation but can help you reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body. It can help you focus on your goals and achieve calmness more easily and efficiently. Meditation can be a powerful mindfulness technique that helps you be more in touch with your body and get renewed perspective as you work towards relearning to trust yourself and achieve healthier goals.

Meditation as Aftercare

Aftercare is an important part of your rehabilitation program. After completing your inpatient and/or outpatient recovery protocol, you move on to aftercare, which are personalized resources for you to sustain a sober lifestyle. Your provider typically helps you identify what solutions can help you such as continuing your meditation practice on your own or at a local center near your home.

Although you can practice meditation on your own, as it only requires a quiet space and some time, you may benefit from working with a qualified mentor for support and accountability.

Meditation for Addiction Recovery at The Carter Treatment Center

Personalized rehabilitation programs are central to what we do at The Carter Treatment Center. In addition to medical detoxification and counseling, we can use a wide range of alternative therapy to help you heal from substance use disorder.

We can use meditation in combination with other alternative therapies such as Tai Chi or sound therapy if we believe this could help you. Thanks to the built-in accountability in our programs, we can regularly assess whether meditation is helpful or whether we need to try another additional method to help you feel more emotionally balanced and cope with cravings and other concerns.

The Carter Treatment Center offers family programs for addiction recovery in Cumming and Suwanee. Call us today at (678) 737-4430 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment!

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