Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that teaches mindfulness to help deal with stress, illness, and daily life. It is a simple process that teaches practitioners to be more present in their own lives. Mindfulness based cognitive therapy can also be useful in drug rehabilitation to help people deal more effectively with stress and to be aware of the factors that may trigger substance abuse.

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

So, what is mindfulness based stress reduction? Mindfulness is a technique for being more in touch with your own body and feelings. It helps to live more actively in the present. Often, people live their lives on autopilot. In addition, they respond to stresses and other issues automatically, believing that don’t have control over their lives.

For victims of substance abuse, this automatic response to stress can be a source of substance abuse addiction. Victims of substance abuse believe that they don’t have control over the way they respond to stress, depression, anxiety, etc.. To escape negative feelings, they may believe that the only option is to abuse drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and other drugs.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is typically an 8-week course that combines meditation, yoga therapy and other forms of stress reduction to help individuals deal with stress, pain, and other emotional issues. Also, MBSR teaches practitioners to cultivate mindfulness, a moment to moment awareness. Studies have demonstrated that mindfulness may increase self-esteem.

Mindfulness may also help clients seeking rehabilitation from substance abuse to also identify harmful habits and possible triggers for relapse. For example, a person may abuse drugs to seek relief from feelings of worthlessness and depression. Prior to mindfulness training, they would automatically respond to the onset of these feelings by abusing heroin, cocaine or other drugs.

How Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Works

With mindfulness training, the client will learn to be aware of the onset of these negative feelings. Also, they learn that they have options other than drug abuse.

Some exercises to increase mindfulness include:

Benefits of MBSR

There are a number of benefits that come with mindfulness based stress reduction. Some of the benefits of MBSR include:

In addition to mindfulness based stress reduction, we also offer:

Serenity Light Recovery is Recovery Center located in Angleton Texas. In addition, we offer a wide variety of substance abuse treatment programs, including mindfulness based stress reduction. Our holistic programs offer mindfulness based exercises like yoga and meditation, designed to help people be more aware of their state of mind and the triggers that may lead to relapse. Call us at (281) 431-6700 to learn more.