guided meditation in Recovery
Benefits of guided meditation for addiction recovery
The causes of addiction are complex and often difficult to diagnose. But no matter the cause or specificity of any particular disorder, all addictive behavior manifests itself in the reward pathways of the brain. Using guided meditation in addiction counseling can give professionals a method to address the source of substance-abuse & behavioral addictions: brain chemistry & structure.
lessening addictive impulses
Creating anti-reward associations with addictive behavior
Depending on the addiction, creating an anti-reward association can be helpful to inhibit the addictive behavior. For example, smoking addiction can be addressed by creating the anti-reward association with the embarrassment of smelling “like a smoker”, the image of blackened lungs or the concept of how it poisons the body. In The Guided Meditation Framework®, we teach guided imagery techniques which can be used to promote the inhibition of addiction by utilizing the imagination to create anti-reward associations with addictive behavior.
Creating pro-reward associations with healthy behavior
On the flipside, building & fortifying pro-reward pathways associated with positive behaviors can improve the resilience of addicts to the pressure of subconscious & physical temptation. In fact, replacing the negative reward of addictive behavior with the positive rewards of abstinence is a necessary step in all addiction recovery. Addiction counselors can use the methods we teach in The Guided Meditation Framework® to help addicts build new neural pathways by visualizing the benefits to their health & well-being associated with non-addictive behavior.
Moving beyond the story
Uncovering the emotional trauma that often fuels addiction is important in understanding the cause of destructive thought processes at the heart of the addicts detrimental behavior. However, too much emphasis on the story can leave addicts in a cul-de-sac rumination, without clear directions towards a healing future. Professionals can use guided meditation in addiction counseling to enable their clients to chart a path forward, paved with the values & goals often discovered through the insight-provoking guided meditation techniques taught in our program.
Silencing the inner critic
Negative or harmful self-talk is one of the fundamental drivers of most addictive behavior & relapses. Traumatic experiences ingrained in our survival brain or harmful belief systems adopted over time can give power to the voice of the inner critic, which clouds sound judgment and the ability to realize one’s self-worth. Meditation has been shown to produce flow state neurochemistry and reduce activity in the areas of the brain associated with self-loathing & criticism. Addiction counselors using guided meditation in addiction recovery could enable addicts to quiet the inner critic to promote self-acceptance & self-compassion in recovery.
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Guided meditation in rehab & treatment centers
Addiction treatment centers across the nation have recognized the importance of bringing meditation into the rehabilitation process. Addiction counselors using meditation in rehabs are few in number, but are in high demand.
Food, sex, gaming, and drug addiction counseling techniques can all be made drastically more effective by integrating guided meditation to combat the psychological inertia that undergirds addictive behavior. Addiction counselors with professional meditation teacher training will not only have a leg up on addiction but also their competition.
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Our methodology was created by results coach & clinical hypnotherapist, Heather Hayward, who has used this technique in her work with many MD’s & surgeons and those battling life threatening illnesses for years.
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