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Meditation and Spirituality for Addiction

For many who are just entering into recovery the idea of spirituality is a foreign concept. They had spent years neglecting this side of themselves and a great many associate with atheism. They believe that spirituality is a way for the weak and any talk of spiritual things brings up a hardened resolve, shutting the mind like a steel trap against any new ideas. It brings up ideas from their youth and of a spirituality that was thrust upon them with little to no explanation, that they were expected to believe. This however is not what spirituality is and after being sober for a little while, an individual begins to realize that spirituality is extremely diverse, and that it is broad enough that they can carve out their niche of belief in it.

Over the last half-century, spiritual practices have been incorporated into treatment approaches and the twelve 12 step programs. This has been proven to be a key in the success of recovering peoples sustained sobriety and has given them a power to live that they never had before. Spirituality in this context is not some esoteric idea but merely means the relation of one’s individual experiences with a power greater than oneself. It is a power that gives perspective, meaning, and purpose and allows an individual to maintain their sobriety on a daily basis.

" It is a power that gives perspective, meaning, and purpose and allows an individual to maintain their sobriety on a daily basis. "

One of the most important elements to developing a spirituality like the one described above is the ability to choose it for oneself. This is a revolutionary concept to many newly sober people and one that they did not know existed before getting sober. They are given the ability to determine their own belief system and explore their purpose in life within a personal construct that they understand. This allows for them to develop a strong connection with their spirituality and in turn it can bring great comfort and provide a source of inspiration and motivation.

Mindfulness & Meditation in Addiction Treatment

Mindfulness meditation helps the individual become aware of what is presently in front of them, focusing on the here and now. It is the practice of focusing attention on one’s breathing and internal bodily sensations, in an attempt to foster spiritual growth. Through the process of mindfulness meditation, the individual discovers new passions and recovers old passions that may have been lost while they were in active addiction. It teaches them that trying to escape the ills of life only perpetuates unnecessary suffering, while achieving acceptance gives answers to all of life’s problems.

Meditation and spirituality have been shown to improve mental concentration and clarity, reduce anxiety and depression, and promote a deeper sense of inner peace. This results in improved sleeping patterns, an improvement in the overall quality of life, and has even been shown to reduce physical pain in those who have for suffered from it chronically. Research has shown that being in the present improves the individual’s overall well-being, through being mindful of emotions and thoughts that arise, but without the constant judgment that plagues many addicts and alcoholics. Furthermore, studies show that brain waves functioning at 4-10 hertz lowers blood pressure, enhances immune and digestive systems, and causes a reduction in symptoms associated with pain. By meditating regularly, the individual can develop a sustained concentration, reduce stress and tension, develop a renewed energy, improve relationships, and helps the individual equip themselves with tools to more effectively deal with life’s daily challenges.

Types of Spiritual Teaching

Kabbalah

Five thousand years ago a set of spiritual principles were created to unlock all of life’s little mysteries and provide humanity with the code that governs the universe, it was called the Zohar. From the Zohar came Kabbalistic wisdom. Kabbalah means “to receive” and it is a form of spirituality that is the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives. Through the teaching of Kabbalah, the individual connects to an energy that allows them to maintain a connectedness to true, long-lasting permanent fulfillment in life. Its universal principles apply to all faiths and religions, regardless of religious affiliation, or lack thereof. It is not a religion, so there is no dogma or belief system, nor is there is any coercion in its spiritual teachings. Kabbalah brings forth a deeper understanding of ourselves, allowing us to live a more fulfilling life with richer experiences, while exploring and determining who we are and what our purpose is. It provides a roadmap for ridding the self of chaos and experiencing the universe the way it was intended to be experienced. Through the teachings of Kabbalah, the individual discovers powerful tools to eliminate chaos and replaces it with unity, love, and fulfillment.

Y2 Yoga Flow

12-Step Yoga Flow- Y12SR is a rich and powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of the 12-step model of recovery in order to help stimulate recovery from addiction. It accomplishes this by bringing the mind and body closer together, allowing for spiritual growth. Recognized by Yoga Alliance as a true yoga practice, Y2 Yoga Flow uses physical postures and controlled breathing in order to foster a greater sense of control when experiencing cravings, insomnia, agitation, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, or irritability, all while allowing for spiritual growth.

Tai Chi Qigong

Originating from ancient Chinese practices, Tai Chi Qigong consists of a combination of movements, self-massages, meditations, and breathing techniques, that result in a calm meditative state of mind. It fosters a heightened awareness and perception of the individual’s feelings of well being and has developed into a unique martial arts practice for the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health by training the mind to direct the body’s energy to any part of the body. The meditation of Qigong is often referenced to as moving meditation or meditation in motion. It has been proven that the practice of Qigong relaxes the mind, muscles, tendons, joints, and inner organs, which help to lower blood pressure, increase stamina and vitality, reduce stress, improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions, and overall restore the individual’s health. Through this intervention, the individual improves their overall health and wellbeing, supporting a healthy balance of yin and yang, thereby aiding the flow of qi, a vital energy or life force.

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Spirituality & 12 Step Programs

For nearly 80 years, 12 Step Programs have been promoted as a set of spiritual principles outlining a course action that will allow the individual to overcome their addiction and live a happy and whole life. The 12 steps which act as the basis for the spiritual principles in the 12 step programs were created over a period of 4 years by the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. They found that when these principles were integrated into an alcoholic’s life, it allowed for the expulsion of the obsession to drink and created a foundation for living that many lacked. Since that time many other 12 Step fellowships have sprung up, all using some iteration of the original 12-steps.

In Twelve Step Spirituality, emphasis is placed on the spiritual malady that rests at the core of addiction and alcoholism. This malady results in an emotional obsession within the individual’s cognitive thinking that causes them to repeat compulsive behaviors, such as drinking or drugging, with little to no regard for their health or wellbeing. This irrationality in their cognitive thinking results in the individual being semi-aware that they will have an inability to stop these behaviors, but all while operating under the premise that the results will be different.

The significance of the steps in changing the addict or alcoholics life is through their requirement that the addict or alcoholic accept that their life has become unmanageable. This unmanageability directly refers to the irrationality of thoughts that pervades the individual’s thought processes. Being alleviated of the irrationality of thought allows for healing to occur and for a spiritual awakening to enter into the alcoholic or addict, expelling their obsession to abuse substances.

Find recovery today at holistic recovery centers

Find Meditation and Spirituality today at Holistic Recovery Centers

If you want to learn more about our programs that will help you to attain the spiritual growth required to maintain sobriety then give us a call today, at 877-723-7117. Our trained professionals are here to help you find your own brand of spirituality, which will help quell the chaos that has become your life.

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