HOLISTIC SUPPORT FOR HEALING AND WHOLENESS
Whole Families Intervention and Holistic Recovery Services offer holistic support for you and your family with practical, holistic techniques that help cultivate self-compassion and calm awareness so that you can live more fully in the present moment.
Mindfulness-Based Intervention and Recovery
Whole Families Intervention and Holistic Recovery 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.
Holistic Support - 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.
HOLISTIC SUPPORT. How does Mindfulness-Based Intervention and Recovery Work?
Mindfulness-based interventions and recovery coaching helps 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 say 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 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 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 promise 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 with 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 recovering 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.
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