How Mindful Meditation Can Help Prepare A Young Adult For Life
Recovery from substance abuse, trauma and mental health issues isn't something that can be achieved simply by attending a primary program. Your child is likely to have fallen into some of his or her patterns of behavior because coping skills are under-developed. Learning alternative ways to cope with what life throws at us requires ongoing work on our part. One of the tools available to help learn these coping skills is mindful meditation.
What It Is
There are many different styles of meditation. Mindful meditation involves quieting the mind of all the excess chatter and fully concentrating on the most important thought of the moment. For example, your child may be feeling the need to return to problem behaviors such as drugs or alcohol. By quieting his mind and focusing on this urge, without judgment, he can answer many questions. What is he feeling at that moment? Maybe it is fear, anxiety or depression.
Once the underlying emotion is identified, he can search his mind for other ways to deal with that emotion. For example, maybe he has argued with someone and the way he has dealt with anger in the past has been to drink until the anger was dulled. By identifying that his urge to drink now is caused by anger, he can then think of other ways he has been taught to deal with anger and put one of those skills into use. The whole things is to identify the emotion behind the urge.
Why This Works
Over time, meditation has been proven to actually change the structure in certain parts of the brain. It strengthens the areas that help with coping skills and makes those responsible for anxiety and depression less strong. As the structure of the brain changes, the areas that are responsible for addiction become less strong and those that help with dealing responsibly with emotions are strengthened. The connection created between the emotion and problem behavior becomes weaker. This in turn makes it easier to avoid acting upon the urge to indulge in the addictive action.
Addiction most often results from not having the necessary coping skills to recognize and deal with certain emotions. Over time, the brain creates a connection between that emotion and the problem behavior. Over time, meditation can help identify that connection and create a means to weaken the connection over time, making it easier to avoid acting out of impulse. This in turn strengthens the coping mechanisms and makes success more likely. For 24-hour admissions assistance for new students, please call 855-998-5272