Contrary to what some people think, addiction to drugs and alcohol is a disease. It’s a very complex issue that cannot be treated simply by remaining abstinent from the drug or the alcohol. There is a comprehensive treatment plan that is required to help many addicts recover, and this typically requires rehabilitation of some kind.
One tool that many rehabilitation and recovery programs are beginning to use to help addicts combat their disease is meditation. Meditation is a practice going back over thousands of years, and it is used by many different people for many different reasons. While some people use meditation as a way to connect with God or Spirit as they understand Him, other people simply use meditation as a tool to sharpen their minds and rejuvenate their bodies.
Meditation can be practiced alone or in groups. It can be done in complete silence, or a guided meditation can be used. Some people meditate while chanting. Some people meditate while playing bells or wind chimes. Some people meditate while walking, dancing in the rain, or just breathing.
There are many studies that support the addition of meditation as a tool for addicts and alcoholics who are in recovery and trying to learn ways to live clean and sober lives. When people practice meditation (especially daily), they develop more wisdom, more clarity, more of a sense of focus, and essential skills they need to cope with life in a way that won’t require them to choose to use drugs or drink alcohol. Meditation provides addicts and alcoholics with tools they need to stay sober and clean over a long period of time.
This is why meditation is now such an integral part of so many different recovery programs. Whether you are going through a traditional recovery program or focusing more on something like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), there is a good chance that you will be asked to develop your meditation practice in your recovery program.
While meditation is a very positive thing for all recovered addicts and alcoholics, it should not be a substitute for an actual treatment program. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please consider contacting a rehabilitation facility or a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you are struggling with alcoholism or addiction, it’s important to remember never to give up on yourself. You can live a life free of drugs and alcohol. You are stronger than you know! And meditation can be an excellent way for addicts and alcoholics to find that strength within themselves.