Is Meditation Effective for Handling Addiction

meditationWe live in a complex and stressful world with rapidly advancing technology that far outstrips our understanding of ourselves and others and why people do the things they do.  Historically, Man has considered himself to be spiritual in nature, and it is only in recent years that people have begun to think of themselves as brains and bodies rather than the spiritual Being that they truly are.  It is this lack of understanding of Man’s nature that opens the door to such devastating conditions as addiction and the quandary of what can be done to heal addicted lives.

What is Meditation

Meditation, very broadly, is awareness.  Loosely, whatever a person does as regards his or her awareness could be considered meditation.   It can be as simple as engaging in quiet thought that helps a person to relax.  Some use meditation as a religious or spiritual exercise, and others use it as a means to relieve stress, diminish mental distractions and better focus their attention.

The word itself is derived from Latin, meditari, meaning to exercise the mine, to dwell upon; and mederi, meaning to heal.  On another line of language, the word mediation was derived from the Sanskrit word, medha, meaning wisdom.

In today’s times, meditation is commonly regarded as some form of spiritual practice wherein one empties the mind of its bric-a-brac and random thoughts, acquiring some quietude and peace.

Oftentimes, people choose something which is therapeutic for them personally, such as music or art or gardening, and consider that activity as a form of meditation with its benefits.

There are those who regard meditation as more than a technique, and incorporate it and its philosophy into a way of living life.  Any one of us would likely find life more pleasant and livable without a head full of scattered thoughts and can appreciate the idea of quieting the mind and controlling one’s attention by putting it on things of our choosing.

It is readily apparent that any practice of techniques which restore balance to the mind , raise awareness and put a person’s thoughts and thinking back under his or her control could only prove beneficial in every aspect of living and in the handling of addiction as well.

Techniques for Handling Addiction

One scientist ( Yariv Levy) and several colleagues conducted an investigation on addictive disorders while Levy was a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  In his paper of December, 2013, Levy stated the conclusion drawn from the research was that “treatment based on meditation-type techniques” is helpful in getting a person out of addiction.

It would be safe to extrapolate from such research on addiction to empirical (based on observation) facts that techniques which align with the natural mental and spiritual nature of Man and are non-invasive and non-harmful to the person can only serve to benefit, especially in the efforts to help a person working to reclaim their life from addiction.  Any techniques which assist the person to think more clearly and more rationally, assist the person to be more aware of his or her environment and the people in it, and assist the person to more effectively deal with life and other people through improved communication and understanding are vital and desperately needed in the field of addiction rehabilitation.

Narconon, a holistic and drug-free rehabilitation program has long been using the valid techniques of improving mental clarity, mental focus, raised awareness and increased communication skills as a vital component of their proven drug rehab program.

The Therapeutic Training Routines (TRs) are a series of communication and exercises and drills that are done in a classroom setting. These communication exercises and practical drills are done until each addict in recovery achieves a renewed ability to comfortably communicate with another person.  These exercises begin also assist the person to increase his or her ability to control attention, focusing on the here and now.

For more information on the drug-free Narconon program and its Life Skills Courses, please call us today.


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