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Meditation helps overcome physical and emotional withdrawal from addictive substances or activities

Tags: stress, antiaging

Addictions can have a powerful hold on a person’s psyche. No matter the addiction, there is going to be some withdrawal. The symptoms may be physical or emotional, or both.

Using meditation to cure addiction is an effective part of the patient’s treatment; meditation also helps ease the recovery process until the dependency is completely eliminated.

There may be physical pain; anxiety; tremors; profuse sweating; terror; anger; excessive energy or fatigue; fever; depression; manic behavior; and much, much more.

Meditation helps ease or eliminate these symptoms while at the same time reinforcing the feelings of well-being and peace that replace the need to escape from an upsetting situation.

Practitioners can meditate to focus their attention away from the negative symptoms. They may have a strong urge to return to the addictive substance or activity just to find relief from their anguish. Taking the focus away from the physical or emotional symptom negates the need to find relief.

Repetition of a mantra helps increase the ability to focus, and maintain that focus, thus shutting out all other thought; and while the mind is preoccupied with a mantra, or the breath, thoughts of discomfort or addictive urges cannot exist.

In addition to taking focus away from the negative symptoms of withdrawal, meditation helps the body heal itself.

The body’s ability to self-heal is truly remarkable - but we have to give it a chance, by drastically reducing stress and increasing deep relaxation. Nothing is more powerful than meditation for creating that deep relaxation where stress melts away, only to be replaced by well-being and peace.

The emotional symptoms of withdrawal are also due to chemical changes in the brain that have taken place during the addicted phase. It’s the release of these chemicals, and the gradual return to a normal state of being, that causes additional stress and anxiety.

Meditation is the most powerful stress-reliever known to man - so spending twenty minutes or more every day in deep meditation will help a person cope with the volatile emotions of withdrawal.

Many studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of meditation to relieve stress, including the associated emotions of anxiety, depression, fear and anger.

For example, Charles Raison, MD, clinical director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University School of Medicine conducted a study that indicated an improvement in emotional responses due to stress after a six-week meditation program.

Most notably, participants were far less emotionally distressed during stressful situations than the control group. This suggests that the emotional upheaval of recovery can be better managed through meditation.