From Addiction Now
By Ryan Beitler
Devan Thrash has been off meth for the past 16 months, and credited meditation with helping her maintain her sobriety.
“Before I went into recovery, I hated myself,” she said. “I felt broken. I went to a spiritual healing program and the first thing we did was meditated. I had never felt peace, and the first time I meditated I wept.”
In a new trend in addiction treatment, meditation and mindfulness training are used to help people overcome dependency during treatment and after rehab.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction discussed the ways mindfulness-based interventions help people with a substance use disorder. The study stated that mindfulness targets certain biological determinants such as changes in areas of the brain that can increase the capacity of learning, memory, and self-regulatory processes that allow people to have more control over their behaviors.