At Alo House Recovery Centers, we believe that sobriety runs deeper than abstinence. Because of this, all of our therapies, such as our Meditation Teaching Program, are designed to address addiction’s deep psychological roots in order to achieve emotional sobriety.
For some clients to gain relief from an overactive mind, they must discover their ability to slow down how they respond to life. An effective way to accomplish this is through meditation.
Recent studies show that meditation has a powerful impact on our brains and how we respond to stress.
Because of these marked internal changes, adopting a meditation practice has the ability to treat a variety of mental health conditions, and in some cases, is powerful enough to replace pharmaceuticals.
Focus of Meditation
Through meditation, our clients are able to transform their minds. This powerful, ancient practice teaches ways to remain still, let go of negativity, embrace the unknown, and relinquish control.
In addition, meditation provides a “natural high” by activating the brain’s prefrontal cortex. Because of this, it has proven to be an effective alternative to substance use, making it a particularly transformative practice for those in recovery.
At Alo House, we teach our clients how to meditate in order to provide them with the skills necessary for physical and emotional sobriety.
The Therapist’s Role in Meditation
Because meditation can be practiced without the supervision of a therapist, we believe this is an important tool that will aid our clients in their recovery long after they leave our facilities.
While the principles of meditation are quite simple, it is a practice that requires patience, dedication, and, most importantly, mindfulness.
Therapists who are experienced in teaching and leading this practice often use it in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a method that is particularly effective for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
This type of therapy is referred to as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and teaches clients to break free from negative thought patterns and prevent relapse.
Types of Meditation
At Alo House Recovery Centers our meditation teaching program utilizes Dzogchen Meditation, The Kriya yoga system, and Mindfulness.
1. Dzogchen Meditation
Dzogchen Meditation is a tradition of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism aimed at attaining and maintaining the natural primordial state or natural condition. This form of meditation teaches that we are all naturally complete and encourages the practitioner to recognize their existing enlightened nature.
The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based on techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. Kriya is an movement-based practice that draws the attention to consciousness and breath.
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring simultaneously in the present moment. This can be developed through the use of guided techniques that can be taught and then self-guided. Learn more about interpersonal mindfulness-based self-regulation.
Why Meditation Teaching is Beneficial
While meditation has a powerful effect on the mind, the benefits also extend to the body and spirit. This all-encompassing, holistic practice has the power to transform the lives of our clients by providing the following benefits:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved concentration
- Decreased depression
- Improved resilience
- Encouraged healthy lifestyle
- Heightened self-awareness
- Increase in overall happiness
- Slowed aging
- Increased acceptance
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Boosted immunity
- Eased chronic pain
- Elevated mood
- Balanced eating habits
- Increased focus
- Boosted creativity
- Improved breathing and heart rate
At Alo House, we believe that in combination with other therapies, meditation is a powerful tool that can be used to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Through teaching the practice of meditation, we equip our clients with a means to combat negative thinking and calm the mind in the face of life’s difficulties.
Learn more about the Alo House Treatment Therapies used in our recovery centers.
We believe trust, meaningful connections, and kindness are the essentials to beginning a journey in recovery. We are dedicated to providing an honest, authentic, and genuine treatment environment that gives our clients a unique opportunity for healing.