We guide and teach you strategies that help you cultivate balance and well-being for yourself. These strategies are mindfulness-based. Strategies to help you breathe deeply, pause, and notice the present moment for what it has to offer.
When families experience addiction, everyone suffers. The disease casts a wide net. It creates significant stress, pain, and loss for everyone. Individuals and families get trapped in destructive thoughts and behaviors. These thoughts and behaviors wreak destruction on their relationships, jobs, and their well-being. They rob everyone in the present moment, which is the only reality.
We teach individuals and families simple techniques that can help you manage the significant challenges in early recovery. We guide and support you in dealing with thoughts and behaviors that have sabotaged your own health and wellbeing in the past so that you can live with more sanity, balance, and peace now.
Mindfulness-Based interventions and Recovery
Whole Families Intervention Services utilizes a mindfulness-based approach in each intervention and recovery coaching session.
Just What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness practice is paying attention in an intentional way without judgment in the present moment. When we pay attention in a direct way, the structure and chemistry of the brain begin to change. Science now calls this neuroplasticity. In other words, the brain changes with our current emotional and spiritual state.
Mindfulness Practice Calms the Mind and Body
When we are living in a constant state of stress, such as alcohol and drug addiction, or disordered eating, the nervous system goes into high alert. The body secretes the hormone, adrenaline, which prepares the body to go into the flight, fight, or freeze mode.
Practicing mindfulness meditation on a daily basis can shift the brain’s neuronal structures, thus calming the mind and whole body. For recovering people and their families, this practice is hugely beneficial.
Many are experiencing less stress, emotional, and physical discomfort.
Living without the use of alcohol, drugs, or disordered eating can feel stressful. Both those who struggle with addiction and their families have experienced legal issues, financial ruin, broken relationships, physical and emotional sabotage. Many feel trapped by past behavior and are fearful about the future.
Whole Families Intervention and Holistic Recovery Services offers both mindfulness-based interventions and recovery coaching in order to initiate long-term healing deep in the brain.
How does Mindfulness-Based Intervention and Recovery Work?
Mindfulness-based interventions and recovery coaching help us be aware, accept, and embrace the present moment without judgment or the need to enhance or avoid our experience with addictive behavior.
As the Buddhist says about meditation, “it is simple but not easy.” To pause and breathe is not easy. To pause and breathe in the midst of an intervention, a stressful situation, or an emotional trigger can prove almost impossible for many of us.
We at Whole Families are here to walk alongside and support you in this healing practice.
Mindfulness Practice Can Help With Cravings and Urges
Mindfulness-based practices can help curb cravings and impulses that can trigger a relapse. Due to the brain’s chemistry, mindfulness-based practices access healing in the brain deeper than talk therapy.
We experience stress when we desire things to be different than they are. When we experience stress, many of us look for ways not to feel a sense of dis-ease, that feeling of uncomfortableness. Cravings and urges arise when we’re searching for substances and behaviors that promise to relieve the feelings.
Thoughts and feelings can make us feel uneasy. We go looking for relief. We pick up a drink, a drug, sex, food, no food, caffeine that promises a fleeting sense of bliss. When we come down, we suffer from withdrawal. This is the incessant cycle of addiction.
Cravings and urges bombard those who suffer from addiction like a turbulent ocean, with waves pounding the shore one after the other. Just like riding waves in the ocean, if we can ride out the cravings, we can begin to understand their impermanence without needing to change or escape them.
Mindfulness-based practices help us to ride the waves rather than trying to push them back. Eventually, the waves calm down and the cravings diminish. The key is to resist the urge to fight back. We don’t ever win that battle. Eventually, we lose and give in to the craving. Mindfulness helps us to ride the waves with a bit more equanimity.
Mindfulness Helps Us to Pause and Respond Rather Than React
Mindfulness allows us to recognize intrusive thoughts and feelings without urging us to act upon them. Meditation allows us to pause and respond with clarity rather than impulsively reacting. It reintroduces choice into our lives, and with that choice comes a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment.
Holistic practices can be life-saving to newly recover addicted folks and their families. Mindfulness, in which we’re paying attention in an intentional way without judgment in the present moment, can help us to experience a sense of calm in the midst of transition and change. It may be the life preserver that keeps us afloat until we can find dry ground.