By: Bill Weiss
Addiction – Always a Dead End Road
Addiction has become one of the most prevalent issues in our country. Accidental drug overdose is now one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Last year more people died due to a drug-related overdose than the entire Vietnam War.
Buddhism & Abstinence: A Road to Recovery
Overcoming drug abuse issues is no easy task, thankfully there are a variety of recovery resources out there.
Almost everyone has heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and while these step based recovery programs are beneficial, they aren’t the only options.
The Buddhist approach can help one recover from drug addiction or alcoholism. This Buddhist path to recovering from addiction has thousands of meetings throughout the United States. It is slowly becoming one of the most popular free recovery solutions.
“The Buddhist approach to recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and uses Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process.
Different Roads – Same Objective
Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, an emphasis is on both knowledge and empathy as a means of overcoming addiction and its causes.
Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they can “understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced.”
The Buddhist approach doesn’t discriminate against anyone; there is no cost to join. No matter one’s gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, financial standing; all are welcome. This approach has a focus on mindfulness and meditation and how it can benefit those who struggle with drug or alcohol abuse issues.
Mindfulness, or “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
When someone becomes more mindful, that will find it easier to live in the moment. The stress of the future and their past will slowly become less and less burdensome.
As stress levels lower, one’s overall quality of life will increase substantially.
Meditation is one of the core parts of Buddhism and Refuge Recovery. Practicing meditation on a regular basis has been scientifically proven to improve one’s mental health.
Mediation can even help with physical health, like lowering blood pressure. However, there are more benefits for other physical and mental health issues.
When some people picture meditation, they may envision a Buddhist monk sitting with his legs crossed in a holy temple. The truth is anyone can meditate, at any time, anywhere. Plus, it only takes a few minutes, 5-10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
If you are new to meditation, go to YouTube and find some guided meditation videos. There are thousands of them, they are free to watch/listen to and will help beginners become comfortable with this new practice.
Mediation is all about finding an emotional and mental calm state. When people practices meditation regularly, they are often less reactive to situations. When someone meditates, their goal is to reach a mental state of profound peace and calmness, and get in touch with their inner self.When meditation is part of the daily routine, situations that used to cause anger are processed more calmly and rationally, and benefit all in recovery. Click To Tweet
Someone in recovery who practices meditation and mindfulness will significantly decrease their chances of relapsing.
They will no longer be as spontaneous and become far less reactive toward situations. When they take the time to play the tape forward, they are less likely to relapse.
They will become more comfortable with who they are and have confidence in being themselves. Their quality of life will increase as they find themselves, finding pleasure in small activities, which will lead to a happier and better life.
Bio: Bill Weiss
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