Addiction and substance abuse problems are diseases, not an indication of a lack of willpower. Addiction causes significant changes to your brain chemistry, neurotransmitter imbalances and impairs your judgment. Relapsing is common among people in recovery, with stress and negative emotions among the most common triggers. Mindfulness based stress reduction and a meditation therapy program are a powerful tool during recovery because it provides you with the skills to cope with stress in a healthy way.

When you are struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder, finding help is the first step in your recovery journey. Addiction is a widespread problem, impacting more than 10% of Americans each and every year. Addiction is also deadly. Rising overdose rates have led to drug and alcohol overdoses becoming the leading cause of accidental death in the country. Among people ages 12-35, overdoses are one of the overall leading causes of death.

How Addiction Works

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and incurable mental health condition that causes changes to your brain, mood, and personality. Addiction can influence and change your decision-making process and make you more likely to experience harmful consequences, such as lost jobs and legal issues. Drugs and alcohol cause your brain to release a pleasurable rush of neurotransmitters. Once the effects wear off, you are depleted of neurotransmitters.

Your brain then associates drugs and alcohol with pleasure and rewards drug use and punishes abstinence by controlling how many neurotransmitters it releases. You can deal with intense and powerful cravings whenever you don’t use, making it difficult to quit without help.
Addiction can also cause:

  • Physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop using
  • Medical problems, such as liver damage
  • Mental health issues, such as mood changes
  • Memory loss and neurological damage
  • Changes in your physical appearance, such as sudden weight changes

Treatment Options

When you suffer from addiction, you can find both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. Inpatient treatment centers offer the highest level of care, while outpatient programs are less demanding on your time.

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs can offer:

  • Medically supervised detox services
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction programs
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • Holistic therapies
  • Individual, family and marital counseling
  • Medication assisted therapy

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

Inpatient and outpatient treatment centers utilize mindfulness-based stress reduction to help you learn how to better control and manage negative emotions. Stress is unavoidable, making it important to understand how to limit the impact stress has on your life. Stress is one of the most common triggers during recovery. Mindfulness based stress reduction teaches you how to reduce your stress in a healthy way, without the use of drugs or alcohol. This can include healing through meditation and healing through yoga. It can also improve cognition and promote relaxation.

Finding Help Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, finding help is the best way to start your recovery. Mandala Healing Center, which offers a premier meditation therapy program and mindfulness based stress reduction program, is here to help. Call us today at [Direct] to learn more about our programs and your treatment options.