Finding recovery from a substance use disorder is a personal endeavor that will require a different combination of treatments designed to meet the needs of each person.
Your struggle with substance use disorder is unique, and you deserve access to an individualized treatment and therapy plan that will help you recover.
At Lilac Recovery Center, we understand the need for many different approaches to recovery, and we know how important an individualized plan is to ensure people feel in control of their own recovery. Here, we offer individual and group therapy, medically assisted treatment, and an array of therapeutic techniques, including mindfulness exercises.
Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery
Mindfulness is a critical aspect of long-term recovery. As important as physical treatment is, it must be combined with a mental and emotional change to give you the best chance at lasting recovery. Mindfulness as a substance use disorder treatment is designed to help you focus on the present moment and reduce the desire for your substance of choice.
Mindfulness works as a holistic and evidence-based treatment by providing a number of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Together, these benefits help you understand your triggers and learn how to accept and cope with the emotions they bring about. Whether your recovery requires detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or a combination of these, you can use mindfulness to change the ways of thinking that lead to substance use.
Benefits of Mindfulness
When you engage in mindfulness during recovery, you’ll focus your mind and body until you reach a state of enhanced awareness. Focusing on the present moment and addressing the ways of thinking that once led to substance use has been shown to reduce cravings and substance-dependent behaviors in both the short and long term. There are a number of benefits mindfulness can provide that will help you along your recovery journey.
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and provide general mental health benefits. Often, substance use occurs as a coping mechanism for stressful events and mental health issues, and any co-occurring disorders exacerbate one another over time. Improving your mental health with mindfulness techniques can make you feel better and begin breaking out of the substance use cycle.
Better Cognitive Flexibility
Practicing mindfulness is linked to several positive cognitive changes, including improved focus, boosts in working memory, reduced rumination, and increased flexibility in cognitive pathways. The ability to think flexibly and focus more acutely can help reduce the risk of relapse by allowing you to adapt more effectively to stressful or triggering situations. This ability to change how you think also boosts emotional regulation, allowing you to separate yourself from negative emotions more easily.
Being present and aware in the moment is a major component of mindfulness, as is being aware of your own thoughts and emotions without judging them. This self-awareness enables you to understand your actions and emotions, which can lead to understanding and coping with substance cravings. The ability to monitor your own mental and emotional state and respond to changes can help you prevent relapse.
Many people working through early recovery stages have difficulty sleeping, whether due to withdrawal symptoms, cravings, or general anxieties and worries. Mindfulness and meditation can help reduce anxiety and improve relaxation, which allows for better sleep. A full night’s rest has additional health benefits, which can reduce the likelihood of negative emotions that lead to substance use.
Mindfulness at Lilac Recovery Center San Diego, CA
When you practice mindfulness, you are focusing on the here and now and anchoring yourself in the current moment. This is a useful technique for a number of reasons, especially in improving mental health by reducing anxiety and depression. In this and many other ways, mindfulness is useful for recovery.
Here at Lilac Recovery, we’ve observed many patients who enter our doors consumed with worry about past trauma, mistakes from the past, and the uncertainty of the future. This intrusive worry is often what drives the desire to turn to substances in an attempt to cope with uncertainty and negative circumstances. Part of recovery is learning to address this worry over things that can’t be changed by changing the ways of thinking that lead to substance use.
Mindfulness techniques at Lilac Recovery help you address intrusive worry and dangerous coping mechanisms by keeping your mind in the present moment so you can focus on what is under your control. Substance use disorder is both a mental and physical problem, and both must be treated to achieve lasting recovery.
Premiere substance use recovery centers like Lilac Recovery are designed to give you the time and space you need to recover away from everyday stressors and triggers. For most patients, recovery means returning to the world without needing to rely on substance use to reduce that stress. Mindfulness gives you a new way of thinking, as well as a better way of monitoring and dealing with stressors and triggers in daily life. Practicing mindfulness allows your new thought processes to become a lasting state of mind.
Mindfulness Activities for Addiction Recovery
Before mindfulness becomes a constant state of being, it must be practiced regularly. Lilac Recovery Center offers a number of therapeutic activities that promote mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is the most well-known way to practice mindfulness, but mindfulness can be extended to many other therapeutic activities. Breathing exercises, yoga, equine therapy, art therapy, and other therapies are also useful ways to practice mindfulness and anchor yourself in the present moment.
At Lilac Recovery Center, we begin building a personalized treatment plan the moment you walk through our doors, including a unique array of mindfulness activities designed to promote recovery.
- Individual or group yoga. Being led through calming stretches can help your body relax and allow you to focus on yourself in the moment.
- Swimming and aquatics. This type of exercise lends itself well to self-awareness and improved focus.
- Meditation. Setting aside quiet time to devote to yourself can allow you to focus on your thoughts and emotions.
- Stress management exercises. By working through how you will deal with stressors or triggers, you can be better equipped to handle them in the future.
- Massage. Massage provides both physical relief and stress relief and allows your mind time to focus on relaxation.
- Safe and calming environment. Lilac Recovery knows how important a beautiful and relaxing setting is for those who need to focus on recovery. We provide luxurious accommodations so that you can focus on mindfulness activities and recovery in comfort.
- Recreational activities. From beach events, trail hikes, and biking to jogging and gym exercise, recreation of all types can help you become more physically healthy while connecting with others and the world around you. Practicing mindfulness associated with recreation can help you focus on yourself and promote normalcy during recovery.
- Equine therapy. Connecting with horses can help you relate to others and create a better emotional understanding of yourself.
Every person’s needs for recovery are different, and Lilac Recovery Center strives to meet those needs with several therapeutic and mindfulness activities that can help you recover short-term and long-term. Finding a calming or invigorating activity can allow you to focus your mind and find awareness in your thoughts and emotions.
This method of practicing mindfulness is one way you can find your path to recovery.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Addiction
At Lilac Recovery Center, we firmly believe in the power of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. The purpose of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to help you talk through your incorrect assumptions and negative thought processes with a therapist so you can determine how to correct them. This can help you to cope with stressors and recognize unhealthy ways of thinking that could lead to relapse.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a therapy method found effective for dealing with depression, and it can also be effective for those experiencing substance use disorders. While CBT works to correct faulty thought processes, MBCT teaches patients to use mindfulness techniques to correct the thoughts and emotions that lead to substance misuse. Mindfulness helps you become aware of those thoughts and emotions, and MBCT enables you to separate yourself from them and change or redirect them so you can use a more positive coping mechanism.
When you use substances as a coping mechanism for negative emotions, depression, or stressful circumstances, you aren’t conscious of the impact your emotions and thoughts have on your actions. Being in a state of mindfulness prevents this from occurring, and effective MBCT allows you to change your reactions to your emotions.
Why Choose Mindfulness Therapy at Lilac Recovery Center
Here at Lilac Recovery Center, we strive to help you heal both your body and your mind with state-of-the-art care and quality, comfortable amenities.
Our luxury recovery center features:
- Individualized care
- Detox, residential inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare options
- Qualified on-site medical care
- Medication-assisted treatments
- Therapeutic and psychiatric qualified care
- Relapse prevention
- Tools and education for long-term recovery
- Mindfulness and meditation techniques
Lilac Recovery Center helps you address your mental, physical, and emotional health as you navigate detox and recovery. Our high-quality care can ensure you find the path to lasting recovery.
Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy Treatment in San Diego
Personalized care is a critical part of recovery. The circumstances and emotions that led you to substance use disorder are varied and unique, and treatment should reflect that nuance by presenting you with many paths to recovery. The many forms of treatment available at Lilac Recovery Center can ensure you develop a care plan that works for you.
If you are struggling with substance use disorder and are ready to pursue lasting recovery, contact us today to see how Lilac Recovery Center can help you. Our luxury, private facilities, many amenities, and expert staff will ensure you feel comfortable, safe, and able to take the necessary steps for your treatment.