5 Ways Meditation is Helpful in Addiction Recovery

If you are in recovery and have heard about using meditation, you need to know how it will be helpful to you in recovering from addiction. Here are some ways that it can be an added and superior tool in your recovery program. Sometimes called “mindfulness” there are many ways to meditate. However, they share one thing in common and that is the fact that they are helpful in addiction recovery. Meditation has been shown to be effective in dealing with addictions that range from drug and alcohol to food, tobacco, prescriptions and more.

1. It provides a natural high
The prefrontal cortex, which causes us to experience happiness, is extremely stimulated through addiction. Studies have shown that regular meditators have more activity in that region, in effect, by training the brain to be happy. By naturally being high, the need for substances is eliminated and recovery is aided.

2. Mastery over destructive urges
The very strong urge to satisfy your craving is tamed with the introduction of meditation. It allows you to witness these urges, rather than being controlled by them. Being mindful of what causes attachment is the first step in letting go of it.

3. Meditation releases Dopamine, a euphoric chemical in the brain
Dopamine is the chemical that causes the high as well as the crash cycle. Studies that were done on meditators show that dopamine levels rose dramatically during meditation.

4. It helps with dealing with stress
Meditation helps you become more immune to stress, which is also expressed as anxiety, anger, depression and insomnia in addition to substance abuse. It raises the threshold at which you begin to experience stressful feelings. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is lowered through the use of meditation.

5. Meditation provides a tool that helps cope with challenges
Chances for a successful recovery often depends on a variety of coping behaviors, such as yoga, exercise and nutrition. This particular tool has been studied in scientific settings and has been shown to be effective for those who are recovering from an addiction.

Discovering the cause of the suffering that caused the addiction and letting it go is made easier with mindful meditation. These 5 ways that meditation can be a tool to help you may be the beginning of your exploration of this age-old practice for gaining peacefulness and serenity.

Dewey G. Kotter