Addiction can take your life and turn it on its head. You may feel trapped, and it may seem like there’s nothing you can do to change your life. However, this simply isn’t true. By enrolling in an addiction treatment program at Garden Heights Recovery, we can help you determine what steps to take to end your addiction. We design an individualized treatment regimen and choose addiction treatment therapies based on your needs. One of the therapeutic modalities that may be in your treatment regimen is mindfulness therapy. To learn more about mindfulness therapy at Garden Heights Recovery, contact us today.

What is Mindfulness Therapy?

a woman in addiction treatment practicing mindfulness therapyMindfulness is the practice of being aware of your inner experience, as well as your external surroundings. You can focus on what is going on in the present, and what your responses are to events happening around you. When you practice mindfulness, your goal is to be aware of what you’re experiencing without becoming attached to anything.
While mindfulness therapy sounds simple, you need a specific amount of discipline to do it regularly. You should learn how to focus on the present moment, without getting caught up in thoughts about the future or the past. This therapy trains you to practice this skill in your daily life. We can use this therapy to assist in a variety of conditions, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

How Does Mindfulness Therapy Treat Addiction?

Mindfulness therapy aids your recovery by making everything seem to slow down. You aren’t running from one task to another. You can quiet the mental chatter. Through this practice, you feel tranquil, a feeling you may have used drugs or alcohol to achieve in the past.

It can also help you notice the small things in life. You see the inherent beauty in your life. As a result, the world seems like a more pleasant place to be. You don’t feel the need to chase a high to enjoy life.

In addition, mindfulness therapy can help you understand why you react in certain ways to specific occurrences. However, you don’t get attached to these reactions, so you can let the little things go without responding to them. You’ll realize surprising new things about yourself, and what things trigger you to abuse substances. This realization can help you react differently to situations, such as:

  • Stress at work
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial struggles
  • Moving

Through mindfulness therapy, you’ll gain a variety of skills. For instance, you’ll learn to pay attention to what is going on around you and be able to say what is happening, as well as how you feel about it. You’ll also learn how to be involved in activities without feeling self-conscious, and accept things, rather than being judgemental. You’ll also learn how to focus on one thing in the moment, which makes you more effective in your daily life.

Mindfulness Therapy at Garden Heights Recovery

Our therapists at Garden Heights Recovery utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to help you break your substance dependency. For those who want to slowly transition back into everyday life, we offer outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

An intensive outpatient treatment involves you attending treatment a few days a week. There, you will attend both individual and group therapy sessions for a few hours. Then, you are able to go home and resume your home and work responsibilities.

Alternatively, an outpatient treatment program involves a group therapy program that meets once or twice each week. You can also attend an individual therapy program as needed. The rest of your time, you can spend putting your sobriety strategies, such as the tools you learn in your therapies, into practice.

Mindfulness therapy can be an asset to your addiction treatment. To learn more about how this treatment affects your addiction treatment, contact Garden Heights Recovery today at 201.275.1163.