Healing Through Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for healing.

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for healing and an important adjunct to recovery. Holistic healing starts with an intentional awareness of one’s surroundings. This conscious shift to living more in the present moment, versus ruminating on things from the past that cannot be changed, is invaluable to those recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction.

This ancient practice of redirecting the mind’s attention helps to counteract the anxiety and stress that can result when a patient who is committed to healing from the diseases of addiction is first beginning to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Although the shift from an addictive lifestyle to one of wellness is positive, it is not without stress and unique challenges.

The Purpose Of Meditation In Recovery

The addictive mind can often be stuck in a fearful mode. Sometimes, out of fear, the mind distorts reality and suggests that change may not be possible, or that things to be exposed during the healing process may be too painful to bear. The very qualities of temperament and character that a person in recovery once believed were too rigid to change can actually be modified greatly through meditation. The ongoing, deliberate practice of retraining one’s mind through mindfulness meditation actually creates new neural pathways and networks in the brain, decreasing stress responses and anxiety.

Mindfulness teaches the brain to regulate emotions, and as a result, the pulse lowers and breathing slows and deepens. It also heightens the ability to be reflective and creates a sense of well-being, spaciousness, optimism, creativity, curiosity, and possibility.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Each new patient is evaluated individually at the point of his or her particular phase of recovery. Many of our patients have never meditated before, so we provided a soothing and welcoming atmosphere to help everyone feel relaxed and comfortable.

A typical Mandala meditation session encompasses several common points:

  • Settling the body into the quiet space
  • Becoming more aware of the surrounding environment
  • Breathing deeply and comfortably
  • Checking in with each one of the body’s senses
  • Shifting conscious awareness to the physical body
  • Drawing even more mindful attention to each breath
  • Allowing the mind to wander freely for a time
  • Concluding the session by bringing one’s attention back to the surroundings

WHAT CLIENTS THINK

Once Mandala patients try meditation a few times, most feel considerably less anxious and better able to respond to stressful stimuli in a calmer, more appropriate manner. Many also say they are finally able to sleep better at night. Finding a regular time to practice meditation on their own for just 10 minutes each day is something that most patients feel is very feasible once they return home and also highly beneficial. Individuals who continue practicing mindfulness meditation find they have an easier time regulating their emotions and find that it helps reduce cravings for mind-altering substances. The improved wellness that patients feel throughout the day helps to maximize their chances for long-term recovery.

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The Mandala Healing Center values the kind and generous words that both professionals and patients have shared with us. Thank you.

The Delray Recovery Center has helped me in many ways. They helped me deal better with my traumas, become more educated about the disease of addiction, and open up more. The Delray Recovery Center crew is a great group of people who are willing to help if you are willing to change. I have strong hope after your recovery program. There is no doubt that the therapists are fantastic people. They helped me out so much and I won’t ever forget them and what they did to help me in recovery.

Jonathan D., Long Island, NY

It brings me pleasure to acknowledge the excellence of your facility. My husband recently stayed at the Delray Beach site. I was so pleased with my visit. Immediately, I noticed the neatly-groomed grounds and cleanliness of the rooms. It was very impressive.

During my husband’s stay, he became very ill and needed emergency medical care. It is impossible to express, in words, our thanks and appreciation to Brett for his unbelievable job of observation, caring, and kindness to him. Also, for his patience with my many phone calls and willingness to assist beyond the call of duty with compassion.

I am also thankful to Mike, who assisted with the packing, and Joe for his conversations. The respectful and helpful manner of The Delray Recovery Center staff was beyond what I expected. My gratitude and prayers are with all. God Bless you and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Theresa R., Orlando, FL

I think the world of you and what you’re doing to help people. I do owe my life to you, Brett, and Mike, literally. Words aren’t enough to express my gratitude, nor could anything in this world. Maybe someday, when you run into me clean and sober, you’ll get some ‘thanks’ from above.

Those several days I spent with you changed something in me. I can’t quite put my finger on it–but it’s good. And you guys all had a part in it. For that, my deepest gratitude belongs to you, Joe, Brett, Mike, and the young lady who welcomed me with all the grace she had in her.

My hope is that we can become friends. Quality people like yourselves is what I need in my life.

Brian T., Philadelphia, PA

Why has The Delray Recovery Center been successful when other programs were not? The Delray Recovery Center was a much longer term program than he had participated in previously, and Mark knew that if he didn’t follow the rules that he had no chance of future family support.

These consequences may have been just as important as the rehab center itself. They staff at The Delray Recovery Center is appropriately strict, honest and demanding of their clients. They helped him address legal issues as well as helping him gain employment.

This was a relatively unique aspect of the center. It forced individuals to be proactive and encouraged optimism regarding the future.

I do not know if this is similar at other programs. The therapists at The Delray Recovery Center have also been exceptional: Chris, his therapist has been great–forthright, and great at communication. He has helped Mark sort out numerous psychosocial problems. Mark has continued to follow up with him intermittently since completing the program at DRC. I have no hesitation in recommending The Delray Recovery Center for someone with Mark’s challenges.

Dr. Malone, Jersey City, NJ

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