As part of our comprehensive rehabilitation programme for the treatment of addiction and its common co-occurring illnesses, Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn have implemented the holistic therapy meditation to assist in the recovery process. The benefits of meditation have been realised for many, many years, and it has been practised since the very 1st Century BCE in its most simplistic form. Since then it has evolved and different types of meditation have been developed; all with the same goal: to achieve inner peace whilst within the practice.
For most, whilst they realise the benefits of this therapeutic practice, it takes discipline and effort to work it into a daily regime Taking time out of a busy schedule to relax and just “be” is not as simple as it sounds. Addicts notoriously lead chaotic and undisciplined lifestyles, which is why we have implemented this power therapy into our detox and rehabilitation treatment.
Today’s life can be fast-paced, stressful and busy. It can feel like it is difficult to get any time of value to yourself. If you have children or are holding down full-time employment, finding the time and space can prove a challenge; yet for those that regularly practise it, it has been proven to assist in the cognitive repair process and also help to heal the body and spirit. As a non-intrusive therapy that treats the whole individual, we encourage our patients to experience it for themselves and work this holistic practice into their daily routine.
You don’t have to practise meditation for long to feel the benefits; each session provides deep relaxation and the opportunity for the individual to connect with their true authentic inner-self. We believe in the power of learning to self-calm the mind and body and so advocate and teach meditation as part of the rehabilitation and on-going recovery process.
We encourage our clients to use meditation regularly as a way of checking in with themselves and in building clarity and focus. On the outside of the treatment environment, they won’t have a counsellor on hand all the time to help them process thoughts and emotions; yet by practising meditation daily, along with the other techniques we teach, they have another valuable and powerful tool in their recovery toolbox
Practising meditation helps the individual focus from the outside and material world and refocuses it firmly within. Over time and with practice the individual will learn how to silence the chatter of their mind and find answers to problems within themselves. Addicts typically seek the solution to their thinking outside of their mind, through the use of drink, drugs, relationships, self-medicating, money, behaviours and food etc. We help our patients to learn meditation and show them how to work it into their daily routine. By continuing to practise meditation once they return home, they will grow within themselves and learn powerful self-calming and relaxation techniques. Far more effective than drugs and alcohol and far, far safer!
As well as being a very effective way to relax and calm the mind, Meditation and Mindfulness are also extremely helpful in assisting with the detoxification process, whether it be alcohol, drugs or a behaviour. It helps to bring the individual’s thinking into the present moment, the here and now, thus relieving catastrophic thinking and tension related pain in the body.
Meditation is now recognised medically around the world for its benefits in treating addiction and mental health illnesses. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn are able to introduce the following popular and highly effective methods of meditation as part of each of our patients individualised treatment programme.
Mindfulness focuses on the here and now and the individual being present in their own bodies and in the moment. It has been proven to assist with cognitive repair and in rewiring the brains pathways. It is simplistic in its practice and easy to learn. It is particularly helpful in assisting to alleviate the symptoms of mood disorders and helping to rid the mind of unhelpful and distressing thoughts. Combined with a low impact fitness such as Yoga, walking, Tai Chi or swimming it offers added benefits in releasing endorphins and strengthening the physical body. Its flexibility allows for it to be practised on an individual basis or within a group.
Guided meditation is particularly useful for beginners who may find it hard to be still initially. It can be practised alone or in a group and is very flexible. The individual will be guided on a journey of relaxation and self-discovery, which distracts from the outside world and soothes the mind. It is led by the soothing voice of the tutor. The guided meditation takes the individual away from the chatter of their internal dialogue and to a safe place within. Whenever they are feeling anxious, they can recall the safety and warmth of the place for self-calming and soothing. The beauty of guided meditation is that it is so easy to access; with numerous CDs and online videos and recordings available, each person is able to find at least one that they really connect with. Guided meditation uses simple instructions and is often accompanied by soothing music. Each instruction redirects the individual’s focus, shifting their focus from externally to internally and the peace they hat they seek within.
Guided Meditation can also be practised as a stepping-stone to a more disciplined and contemplative approach. Most individuals prefer to start with guided meditation before moving on to other more complex and challenging methods. Guided meditation is best practised early in the morning to aid relaxation for the day ahead and last thing at night to assist with falling asleep and restful sleep. It is not recommended to be used whilst driving or operating heavy machinery as it can be very sleep inducing and therefore dangerous.
For further information on our meditation therapy programme and its benefits, please call and speak to a member of our clinical team who will be happy to assist you further and answer any questions you may have.