Holistic addiction treatment encompasses the mind, body, and soul. The focus on the mind helps clients to be fully engaged in treatment and in the right mindset. Mindfulness is being present, aware, and participating consciously in your experiences as they happen. A person cannot practice mindfulness until he or she goes through detox.
In detox, all toxins are removed from a person’s body and mind before treatment. Addiction clouds the mind with substances that control the brain’s function physically and mentally. The routine of addiction affects the way you think, act, and emotionally feel.
Every day, we are confronted with people and things that make us feel. We cannot control how we feel, but we can control how we respond to our feelings. Clients who enter treatment need to be fully engaged and be in the right mindset for a healthy recovery. Developing an open mind to treatment will allow you to accept the treatment and alter the central focus of addiction. An open mind will help establish a central focus on wellness, physical and mental health, sustainable relationships, and responsibility.
Depression, sadness, loneliness, or boredom tends to trigger craving and then substance use. Mindfulness is teaching people to notice that arising, and to relate to that differently. Dr. Sarah Bowen, a clinical psychologist at Pacific University in Oregon, discussed with HuffPost Science (2015) about how mindfulness works to short-circuit addictive behaviors. “So, there seems to be a shift between the experience of emotional discomfort and having that almost automatically lead to substance use. We’re seeing a reduction in craving, and also a reduction in the tendency to reach for something in order to feel better.”
Mindfulness helps to:
- Listen to your body. Addiction silences your body’s physical, emotional, and mental needs and covers up what is really going on with your body. Clearing your mind is like unraveling layers of a concealed identity.
- Relieve stress. Keeping a clear, open mind helps to relieve stress and incorporate appropriate treatment to heal effectively.
- Understand where feelings and addictions come from. Mindfulness helps to identify any underlying mental health conditions, which are treatable.
Keeping an open mind to treatment allows a person to form new, healthy ways to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Open-mindedness helps to embrace the efficacy of holistic treatments and removes all obstacles to a successful recovery.
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877