Addiction is a disease that directly affects the brain. However, you can’t separate the brain from the whole person—mind, body, and spirit are all linked and affected by addiction. To be successful, addiction therapy must incorporate all elements of a person. Mindfulness-based recovery incorporates everything from meditation to specific therapies to aid recovery. A dialectical behavior therapy program that adheres to the principles of mindfulness-based rehabilitation is considered quite effective in treating drug addiction.
If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness for addiction recovery, Northpoint Seattle can help. Reach out to us to answer all your questions about mindful recovery and what opportunities are available at Northpoint Seattle.
Mindfulness for Addiction Recovery
Mindfulness techniques have been shown to improve health in various ways, including meditation and yoga. Mind and cardiovascular systems, as well as the brain, are affected by these exercises. Using breath, stillness, and mindful attention can reduce:
- Fearful thinking
At the same time, participating in a meditative therapy program can improve:
Mindfulness-based techniques we teach in our meditation therapy program heal you from the inside out. These exercises may help those in recovery from addiction address various issues. Finding a way forward is possible when you can see, accept the truth, and understand what is required with honesty. Accepting the “now” with humility allows you to find a solution rather than becoming trapped by an obstacle. It’s not simple, but it makes sense and appears to be a step forward rather than a barrier.
A clinical treatment that aligns with the principles of mindfulness is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). It is effective and works in conjunction with other therapies and mindfulness practices.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has been proven effective in treating addiction. You can access DBT in individual therapy, group therapy, or combination. Using principles of mindfulness, DBT targets underlying issues of addiction such as negative self-image, false beliefs, and trauma. Below are some fundamentals of DBT.
- Mindfulness skills. DBT employs mindfulness to fight addiction’s anti-mindfulness effect. Substance abuse prevents you from being attentive, aware, and present. The mindfulness taught in DBT enables you to reclaim your capacity to live in the moment and learn how to cope with internal conflict, overwhelming emotion, and anxiety so that you can take control of yourself and find a forward path.
- Behavioral shifts. In DBT, your recovery stays focused on positive changes in your behaviors. It enables you to stop engaging in behaviors that increase your pain and unhappiness and begin behaving in healthy, empowering new ways.
- Cognitive changes. It’s difficult to believe you can change your thoughts because they appear to come on their own and take control. However, in DBT therapy, you improve your mental dominion. You realize how detrimental harmful ideas are once you understand how your thinking influences your beliefs, which drive your behavior. Toxic ideas lead to negative results. Once you learn how to use the principles of DBT to influence your thoughts, it will be easier for you to make behavioral adjustments.
- Reframing for distress tolerance. When you realign your thinking to the current reality, you can put aside defense mechanisms that have seemed to serve you in the past. Though they have protected you, they have also created unhealthy habits and played directly into your addiction. Substance use may take the edge off for a short while, but it does not make unhappiness, stress, or bad situations go away. Through the process of DBT, you learn to soothe yourself without drugs or alcohol and reframe situations that formerly triggered you.
Learn More About the Meditative Therapy Program at Northpoint Seattle
At Northpoint Seattle, our team of professional therapists can help you use dialectical behavior therapy and other techniques to walk the path to sobriety successfully. Mindfulness or meditation therapy has been demonstrated to promote sobriety, and it may be learned and practiced by anybody. To discover more about how Northpoint Seattle might assist you or a loved one in overcoming addiction, contact us immediately.
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