When it comes to getting sober from alcoholism, alcohol abuse, or binge drinking, there are many steps to take. While detox is an important step, long-term recovery involves comprehensive work. At Awakenings for Women, we offer long-term support for women in recovery. Our halfway house IOP includes many therapies for addressing the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of addiction. Our therapies and treatments are often improved by the addition of meditation. There are many ways meditation can help with drug and alcohol recovery in South Florida.

How Meditation Helps Sobriety

There are many reasons people consume drugs or alcohol, and stress is often a major influence on addiction. Meditation can help by removing accumulated stress [1]. Meditation allows an individual to gain better control of their emotions, thoughts, and responses to the stresses of the outside world. With greater control of these factors, a person can better manage their stress without turning to drugs or alcohol. Additional benefits of meditation include:

  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Decreased Pain
  • Improved Memory
  • Reduced Blood Pressure
  • Increased Melatonin
  • Improved Blood Flow
  • Increased Grey Matter in the Brain

Each of these benefits of meditation [1] brings a variety of benefits to alcohol and drug addiction recovery. For example, alcoholism is connected with a reduction in grey matter [2]. Grey matter is responsible for a variety of mental and physical processes, meaning that reduced grey matter can result in many memory or behavioral issues. Meditation can help reduce some of this damage.

Meditation can be very beneficial for alcoholism recovery and drug addiction recovery. In addition to reducing stress, meditation can help reverse some of the damage caused by drug or alcohol use. At Awakenings for Women, we support sober living through our halfway house IOP. Our programs include therapy, counseling, and more. Call today to learn more about how meditation can help improve patient outcomes at halfway houses in South Florida.

 

Sources:

1- NCBI, Meditation: Process and Effects

2- Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Regional Gray Matter Deficits in Alcohol Dependence

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