MINDFULLNESS & CRAVINGS

Being Mindful Will Help Your Cravings

 

People in recovery need a full recovery tool box to maintain abstinence.  Cravings are the number 1 problem when it comes to relapse.  Stats show us that 9 out of 10 people relapse during their first week of drug rehabilitation. 

This means that 90% of all people going into rehab succumb to their cravings for this opiate drug.  Are these drugs THAT powerful that no one can stand up against them?  Well,…YES THEY ARE!    The numbers prove just how strong and powerful these drugs are.  Not many people can fight & win against cravings and addiction.

However, it is NOT impossible to defeat your opiate addiction.  It is NOT impossible to avoid cravings & relapse.  It is NOT impossible to have a successful drug recovery.

Per research, one way to effectively defeat cravings which cause relapse is to be mindful.  To think and use your brain.  Being mindful simply means that your train your brain to think constructively about whatever is happening in your life at that time.

This meaning that when you start to feel cravings for pain pills or heroin, you have to instantly be mindful and think about what you should do.  Address the cravings in your mind and have a pre-plan on how to deal with it.  by doing this, instead of nothing will help you avoid cravings and relapse.

It is referred to as “Mindfulness Training”.  Basically you train your mind to think the way it needs to if you are ever faced with cravings or triggers.

Then, when the time comes when you have cravings

A new study from the University College London in the UK found that as little as 11 minutes of mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers to reduce their alcohol intake in the following week.

Listen in to this opiate recovery group as they discuss whether mindfulness can be a helpful tool for opioid addicts.  This PodCast comes to us from Gail Gabbert with the “Opiate Support Group“.

Gail sits with a group of recovering Opiate Addicts and helps them plan their recovery for success.  She also records the group’s sessions so that others can learn.

We know that by going directly to the source, we can better learn the most effective ways to successfully beat addiction.  The addiction fight is difficult.  Many people are failing.  This is exactly why we need to listen & learn from the very addicts themselves.  Click the link below to hear the PodCast. 

We have provided the talking points below under “discussion guide”.  These will help you follow along.

We need your help in this fight against addiction.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think being mindful is important when it comes to cravings?

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Beat Drug Cravings With Your Mind

Below is a guide to the questions and points being discussed in the PodCast link provided below.  This is a way to go directly to the source of this drug crisis and learn from addicts themselves.  After all, they should be the most accurate and honest out of all people.

Discussion Guide:

 

  • Are you familiar with “mindfulness”? What is it? Have you practiced it?

 

  • How is mindfulness different from relaxation?

 

  • How is mindfulness different from meditation?

 

  • How can mindfulness be helpful in your recovery?

 

 

{Click The Link Below To Hear PodCast)   ⇓    ⇓

Mindfulness Helps You Cope with Cravings 

 

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Supplemental Reading:

Catharine Paddock, PhD, Very Brief Mindfulness Training Helped Heavy Drinkers Cut Back, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319120.php

Mindfulness sessions can be accessed through a number of phone apps. Search for “mindfulness” in your app store.


 

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One thought on “MINDFULLNESS & CRAVINGS

  1. Our most powerful part of our body is our mind. Our mind can control our physical body like nothing else! The key is using your thoughts in the right way.

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