888-480-1703
Who Answers?

Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "meditation"

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Latest News, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Improving My Program

  With four months of sobriety under my belt and half of the Twelve Steps of A.A. completed there is an area of my ongoing program that I need to work on: my daily prayer and meditation. Almost every person I have talked to who is in A.A. working a constant program says that daily prayer and meditation are among the most useful tools for addicts in overcoming what they are struggling with.   The 11th Step from the Big Book reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying ONLY for knowledge for His will for us and the power to carry that out  I am not on step eleven yet but that really doesn’t matter.  Anyone can pray.  In the past, as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery

Meditating with Animals

Meditating with Animals

  The experience of meditating can be of great therapeutic value for people recovering from mental health illness and addiction.  Meditating allows us a brief reprieve from our lives of stress, fear, and worry.  In this process we each find an individualized way to make a connection with something greater than ourselves, and often have epiphanies of self-discovery and enlightenment.  Though meditation is a highly privatized practice, the thought of meditating with my animal appeals to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery

The Ridiculous Epidemic of Smoking Meditation and E-Cigarettes

  It was recently brought to my attention (which I thought was in jest) that a new method for quitting smoking is reigning in a growing number of followers.  Apparently, there is a new ruse out there that doing meditation while smoking increases the benefits of the latter. Look, I’m all for finding useful activities to do while doing one activity.  Multitasking is an essential aspect of life and makes us feel more accomplished and proud of our use of time.  However, I’m not jumping on this ludicrous bandwagon to engage in meditation while one partakes in smoking a cigarette.  People smoke for an endless number of reasons that I’m not about to begin to quantify.  Yet, looking at this new (for lack of a better word) phenomenon, in addition to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery

Ayurveda: A Holistic Way of Healing Addiction

Ayurveda: A Holistic Way of Healing Addiction

  The Indian science of healing called Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years.  Translated, it means “the science of life.”  The remedies used come from nature, although advanced surgical procedures were performed as well.  The oldest known surgical text comes from an Indian surgeon Sushruta, who practiced in 600 BC.  The book is called Sushruta Samhita and contains descriptions of several operations, including repairing the bowel, removing the prostate gland, performing caesarean … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery, Spirituality

Beyond the Addict – Yoga and Meditation

Beyond the Addict – Yoga and Meditation

  Pop stars bring their gurus to award shows, Snooki meditates in the park, and even insurance company billboards display health and wellness as people sitting in lotus pose. It’s no longer just for hippies and soul searchers. Meditation is now a part of mainstream culture and is even accepted in medical communities as a powerful tool for healing and recovery. Athletes have found that it improves their concentration and focus. Studies show that we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Spirituality

What does an Olympic Gymnast and a Recovering Addict have in common?

  I’ve been watching the Olympics every night, and while I enjoy the athletics to a certain degree, I find myself more touched by the human experience of the athletes.  In a weird way, their interpersonal relationships of parent-athlete, coach-athlete, and teammate-teammate, are similar to the ones I have been experiencing on my journey of recovery.    These athletes train for most of their lives to become as talented and strong as they are, and they do not do it alone.  Like an athlete, I have performed the physical and mental feat of getting and staying sober (I have a year now!), and I have not been able to do it alone.  Obviously, I have more of a mental recovery to go, but it is one of those journeys that never truly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

Improving My Program in Sobriety

Improving My Program in Sobriety

With four months of sobriety under my belt and half of the Twelve Steps of A.A. completed there is an area of my ongoing program that I need to work on: my daily prayer and meditation.  Almost every person I have talked to that is in A.A. working a consistent program says that prayer and meditation every day can be one of the most useful tools to overcome anything they are struggling with.  The 11th … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery

Mindfulness and Mental Illness

Mindfulness and Mental Illness

  The obstacles to overcoming mental illness are numerous, as anyone suffering from anxiety, mood, and/or personality disorders can attest. There are many tools available to treat mental illnesses, including therapy, medication, diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene. One tool that has gained increased acceptance over the last five decades is mindfulness meditation. At its heart, mindfulness is the focus on breaths, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and body as they are in the moment. By focusing on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Recovery, Research, Spirituality, Treatment

My Path To Enlightenment

My Path To Enlightenment

The 11th step of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out”.  When I first heard this step in the rooms of AA, I was 21 years old and fresh off of a DUI arrest.  I was going to meetings to get my court card signed and rarely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Spirituality, Treatment

treatment4addiction.com
Treatment4addiction.com is operated by Recovery Brands LLC, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc.
Learn more about what this means here
© treatment4addiction.com 2018 All Rights ReservedPrivacy Policy | Terms Of Use
Treatment4addiction.com is operated by Recovery Brands LLC, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, INC.
An American Addiction Centers Resource