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How Can Meditation Help with Substance Abuse?

meditation and substance abuse

Palo Verde Wellness offers a variety of holistic treatment options in Palm Springs, California. The meditative therapy program can help those struggling with a substance use disorder to use meditation to heal physically as well as mentally. Addiction treatment programs that use meditative therapy have proven that they can give patients a better chance of avoiding relapse throughout their recovery. Using different therapeutic modalities to address the traumas that lead to addiction can better prepare you for life after treatment and how to manage the triggers that can challenge your sobriety. An integrated approach combines evidence-based treatments and experiential therapies, like a meditation therapy program.

Discover how meditation and substance abuse can be entwined in an effective therapy program. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, the Palo Verde Wellness team is standing by to answer your questions about treatment options. Call us at 760-209-6683.

The Relationship Between Meditation And Addiction

Meditation has proven to help reduce the negative thoughts and feelings connected to – and lead to – addiction and mental health issues.

The different types of therapies using meditation at Palo Verde Wellness include:

  • Meditations that are guided. Individuals follow the direction of a therapist or yoga practitioner, following their lead in breathing exercises, affirmations, or exercises.
  • Exercises like Yoga, Tai chi, and Qi-gong involve deep breathing. Deep rhythmic breathing is a highly effective way to find calm and slow the heart rate. This helps ease anxiety, especially when craving drugs or alcohol.
  • Palo Verde Wellness is one of a few treatment facilities to offer sound baths, where clients are bathed in sound to experience an enhanced level of meditation.

Effectively treating an addiction to drugs and alcohol requires a combination of both clinical and experiential therapies. Using positive psychology and motivational techniques to address past traumas is an important layer on top of more traditional clinical therapies. In addition to offering a meditative therapy program, the treatment team at Palo Verde Wellness also includes nutritionists, life coaches, and yoga instructors. Our team will happily walk you through what to expect from the unique sound bath experience.

Benefits of Meditative Therapy

The benefits of meditation as part of addiction treatment are many. From giving patients a better understanding of how negative thoughts and feelings lead to addiction to how to manage those thoughts and feelings better. It’s a more holistic approach that sometimes eliminates the need for medication-assisted treatments.

Benefits of meditative therapy include:

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Better focus
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced negative thoughts and emotions
  • Better sleep patterns
  • Emotional stability
  • An overall sense of calm and wellbeing
  • Creativity and the ability to be more open-minded

Meditation has also been proven effective in treating co-occurring mental health conditions and the symptoms that come along with them, like anxiety, depression, migraines, and insomnia.

Palo Verde Wellness Offers Meditative Therapy

At Palo Verde Wellness, we offer a safe, comfortable, and private treatment facility in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Meditation therapy has proven very beneficial in helping men and women gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the trauma that led them to therapy. While using meditation and substance abuse therapies, individuals can find their own path to recovery. The approach helps reduce negative thoughts and feelings associated with addiction and mental health illnesses.

In addition to meditative therapy, Palo Verde Wellness offers:

  • Yoga therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy

Give our team a call today at 760-209-6683 to learn more about treatment programs on our campus in the mountains of Palm Springs, California.