Meditation is an ancient practice that is increasingly being offered as a component in mental health treatment. Meditation is part of what is known as the ‘holistic’ approach to healing from mental illnesses like depression, PTSD and addiction. The word holistic refers to the treatment of a person as a whole in terms of mind, body and spirit. In this article, we take a closer look at how meditation can benefit people suffering with mental illness.
The majority of people know what meditation is although they are very likely to associate it with hippies from the 1960s who were behind its introduction to mainstream medicine. Ancient practices like meditation and yoga which fall under the mindfulness umbrella were originally devised long before modern medicine and shown to be effective.
The way meditation works to improve mental is by allowing people to achieve a truly relaxed state. Mental illnesses are very often driven by negative internal dialogue that directs associated behaviors. Meditation enables people to tap into a place in their minds that is not influenced by negative thought processes so that they are empowered to reduce them.
Meditation has been shown to be a highly effective tool in maintaining sobriety, allowing for long-term recovery. One of the main triggers of relapse for people with depression or addiction is stress. Meditation acts as a very formidable shield against stress and provides people with a coping mechanism they can rely on to help them avoid relapse.
Here at CASA Recovery, we provide personalized mental health rehab in San Juan Capistrano, CA that allows you to achieve your unique recovery goals. Meditation is just one component of a mental health treatment program which is designed to prepare you for a happy and fulfilling life in recovery. Find out more about CASA Recovery meditation-assisted treatment programs by contacting us in confidence today.
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