For people who are battling with substance abuse, the question “how to stop an addiction” is often asked.
While there are channels in which a person is able to get professional help, some people tend to initially fix the problem by themselves.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. However, I think it should come with a BUT.
I still recommend that you consult with a professional. You really don’t have to follow or adhere to the professional’s advice. What you are really looking for is an outside professional perspective of your problems. Now that we have cleared that, here is one possible way of beating your addiction.
Meditation And Addiction Recovery
I know that this might sound as “new agey”, but I really think that meditation can help in beating addiction. I am a skeptic myself, and I don’t believe anything without concrete bases. However, with meditation, I have a different view.
This is because there are already scientific studies on the benefit of meditation. In my opinion, the benefits of meditation can be applied to DIY addiction treatment. Listen because I think this is very important.
Addiction Causes And Meditation
First of all, I am not a professional but I can relate firsthand what addiction is all about. In my opinion, most people abuse drugs or alcohol because of two major factors, and these are:
- For Escape – the reason why some people abuse drugs or alcohol is because they see it as a form of escape. They may be depressed, in pain or see their lives as “shit”. Using drugs or alcohol allows them to escape to a different realm in which they don’t have to deal with “shitty” situation.
- Cravings – some people realize that they may be addicted in some ways, but they also realize they don’t want to be addicted anymore. However, the big hindrance to full recovery is battling with the cravings.
Why are we discussing about these two major factors? It’s because meditation can actually deal with the two problems. It’s like uprooting the problem by its roots. Remember about the benefits I said? This is where I think it can greatly help.
Benefits Of Meditation In Relation To Substance Abuse
Let’s start with one of the major cause of substance abuse, which is “for escape”.
In mindful meditation, you are training your mind to be aware of the past and future, and allow you to “let them go”. It is said that if you are sad or depressed, it’s because you are dwelling in the past. If you are worried, then you are dwelling in the future. According to meditation practitioners, brining your mind to the present can bring you happiness that comes from the inside. Why is this important?
This is because we are actually dealing with the one of the root problem. If can train your mind to be happy right now, then there is no need to “escape”. Hence, that’s one major addiction reason you can scratch of the list. However, it’s not all that; and it’s because of the second major reason.
The second reason is cravings. This is the most problematic part. Even if you can eliminate your worry, sadness or depression, your body is going to crave for the substance; and that’s a different story.
Fortunately, mindful meditation can also help with this. This is because in meditation, you are training yourself to detach yourself from your mind. I know it’s confusing, but listen.
Imagine yourself as sitting at the top of the mountain. The world around your is your mind. The clouds are your thoughts and emotions.
In meditation, you are training yourself to recognize these emotions and thoughts, and that includes your cravings. You are training your mind to recognize them as “clouds” in which you can simply allow them to pass you by. In short, your true self is not attached to emotions, thoughts and cravings.
While I truly believe that meditation can help with substance abuse, but there is another BUT. This is because meditation takes practice, training and repitation.
It won’t happen overnight or in a week. However, with practice, you can learn be happy from the inside and recognize your cravings and choose not to react with it.
Even though I believe this to be true, I still recommend that you talk to a professional about your problem. They are not called “professionals” for nothing you know.
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