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Meditation Therapy and Mindfulness for Addiction Treatment

As part of the mind-body-spirit approach for drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Cornerstone Healing Center, we provide our clients with meditation therapy. Our meditation therapy approach is mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which teaches clients awareness of how subconscious thoughts and behaviors affect overall health. 

The American Psychological Association reports MBSR is effective in helping those who practice it to reduce stress and anxiety. That makes it an effective treatment for those struggling with addiction. 

MBSR therapy teaches clients how to:

  • Be in tune with one’s mental experience with less judgement. 
  • Gain control of mental processes and increase calmness, concentration and clarity.
  • Enhance attentional capacities and improve emotion regulation.

These strategies help clients overcome the cycle of addiction and prevent relapse. A study published by the National Institutes of Health confirmed the link between stress and addiction and reports MBSR is an effective treatment to reduce stress and improve addiction treatment outcomes. As clients hone in on techniques that improve the spiritual component of their recovery, they gain life-long skills that can help them achieve a healthy, sober life.
MBSR is just one component of our holistic curriculum for those pursuing long-term recovery from addiction. Other addiction recovery programs include one-on-one and group therapy, fitness and nutrition therapy, 12 Step program meetings and life-skills training. Learn more about MBSR below.


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How Does MBSR Meditation Therapy Work?

During meditation, clients are encouraged to quiet the mind and focus on deep breathing exercises. Doing this enables clients to immerse themselves fully in the present moment. Clients are encouraged to observe and accept thoughts that pass through without judging them.

Practicing meditation strengthens neural networks, which helps clients manage anxiety and stress. Clients develop self-observation techniques, that lead to improved self-control, which is essential for addiction recovery.

Some benefits of meditation therapy and MBSR include:

  • Fewer depressive symptoms
  • Improved ability to sustain attention 
  • Less somatic distress
  • Better emotional regulation and less emotional reactivity
  • Boosted focus
  • Improved self-observation
  • Better communication skills 
  • Improved empathy, compassion and quality of life 

In addition to mental benefits of meditation, MBSR and meditation therapy benefit physical health. Meditation can improve sleep, decrease blood pressure, increase energy, decrease sensitivity to pain and reduce memory loss. These physical benefits enhance the mental gains that are made through meditation.

At Cornerstone Healing Center, no meditation experience is needed to start the practice. Clients are guided through MBSR every step of the way. MBSR sessions are taught by caring meditation guides in a supportive environment. 

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A habit of mindfulness is an integral part of client success in addiction recovery. At Cornerstone Healing Center, each of our programs is thoughtfully designed to create an environment where the truly miraculous can happen.  If you want to get help for a loved one or for yourself to overcome addiction, call us at 800-643-2108.

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