Mindfulness is for everyone, even and especially those struggling with serious addiction. Balance and happiness free from addiction can be cultivated with the right mindfulness exercises and by truly focusing on what is actually needed, rather than on what may have been eroneously learned by a hijacked dopamine system. By figuring out what you really need you can find your own inner peace. The philosophy that mindfulness is for everyone is one that is currently being posed by experts in the addiction field who believe that mindfulness is a valid and helpful emerging treatment methodology for addiction.
Additions, like all forms of behavior (both positive and negative) are reinforced by habit. That is why addictions are hard to break. People struggling with addiction receive a natural dopamine high every time they use the substance that they are addicted to, be that cocaine, heroin or simply nicotine, and it makes them feel better. They use this as a way to overcome any stress or negative emotions and it forms a ‘habit loop’.
An emerging possible solution for breaking this loop is mindfulness. Mindfulness forces people struggling with addiction to listen to their cravings and focus on how this makes their body feel. When you are being mindful the addictive substance you formerly craved suddenly becomes repulsive; cigarettes, for example, taste disgusting when you are truly focusing on how they taste and feel, as well as the impact they have on your body. This is the first step. Once you are disenchanted with your addiction you are ready to make the important next step and give it up forever.
Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a new treatment program for addiction that takes all of these concepts and uses them to deliver mindfulness training to for treating addictions of all kinds. This is therapy that can be delivered both online and in the form of innovative apps, potentially completely revolutionizing how addictions are treated.
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We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!