My Friend Kimberly Hayes from United States is a prolific writer and wants to share some tips and suggestions on addiction recovery. She’s also written an impressive ebook. She would continue to write for Migrainenet in future as well. I feel addiction is also responsible for migraines and headaches so this topic touches the core issue I’m trying to address through my blog.
The road to recovery is never the same for any two people. Sometimes, it’s not even the same for one person. For instance, you may start out trying to overcome your addiction with traditional methods such as inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services or attending Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, only to discover a different direction has more success. There simply is no one-size-fits-all recovery method.
Some people attempt traditional recovery methods repeatedly, only to find themselves dealing with relapse after relapse. Others may not find the support they need to cope with urges and live a balanced life. Still, others have trouble sitting through meetings or finding a sponsor they connect with. While people battling addiction shouldn’t give up on rehab or meetings too soon, if you are feeling stagnant in your recovery journey or are looking for a new way to walk away from addiction, there are many alternative recovery methods out there to consider.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Addiction is not just about the physical attachment we have to a substance; it’s also about the way that substance soothes our emotions or mental state. For example, if we’re coping with anxiety by abusing alcohol, the root of the problem lies in the anxiety. If you simply focus on the addiction to alcohol, you aren’t addressing the underlying cause. Meditation and mindfulness are alternative recovery methods that help by giving us the tools to try and understand why we do the things we do. Meditation trains the mind to find calm amid chaos, which is especially helpful during stressful situations that might trigger a relapse. Mindfulness applies a meditative mindset to our emotions, helping us dig deep to find out why we feel sad, angry, nervous, fearful — or even joyful and excited — in moments where those emotions might allow an addiction to take control.
When you feel the urge to reach for alcohol or drugs, find something else to replace them. Replacing the addiction with a different behavior will take patience and dedication to be successful every time, but it can lead to healthier choices in other aspects of your life, as well. Replacing harmful behaviors with healthier ones starts with removing yourself from people and places where the substance is readily available. When you feel the urge to put yourself in those situations, have an alternative ready. For example, if you want to head to the bar after a stressful work day, head to the gym instead. In fact, exercise in and of itself can also be an effective alternative recovery method.
Exercise is an ideal way to combine behavior replacement and meditation, making an effective addition to a traditional recovery program as well as its own alternative recovery method. First, there are physical benefits to using exercise as a tool for recovery. For example, exercise alters your brain chemistry, which can reverse the negative side effects of long-term drug use and give you a similar sense of euphoria that drugs and alcohol provide. In addition to physical benefits, exercise boosts your mental and emotional state-of-being, as well. You’ll find yourself feeling more optimistic and less depressed, with fewer instances of anxiety.
Sticking with a traditional recovery method is an important way to be a part of a community that can genuinely empathize with your daily struggles. That kind of connection is priceless. However, it’s not the only kind of connection you may need for success. Developing a connection to your mind, body, and behavior can be a useful addition or alternative recovery treatment option.
Kimberly Hayes enjoys writing about health and wellness and created PublicHealthAlert.info to help keep the public informed about the latest developments in popular health issues and concerns. In addition to studying to become a crisis intervention counselor, Kimberly is hard at work on her new book, which discusses the ins and outs of alternative addiction treatments.