Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain RecoveryMindfulness can be described as “paying attention.” Practicing the discipline of mindfulness means that you deliberately focus on the present moment. You step back to look at what is going on in your mind and emotions rather that impulsively reacting to outside stimuli.

Mindfulness is made up of three elements:

  • Awareness — becoming aware of what you want to focus on
  • Attention — fixing your attention on this event, thought or feeling
  • Remembering — Remembering to keep your attention fixed when your mind wanders

In mindfulness training, you learn how to focus your attention on the present moment — being in the here and now instead of being on autopilot. Mindfulness challenges you to pause, observe what is going on and become aware of the choices you have in each moment.

How Mindfulness Helps Sustain Recovery

While you were in recovery (outpatient or inpatient) for addiction to drugs like Lortab, you practiced a form of mindfulness as you stopped to examine your life to see how addiction developed. Mindfulness after rehab will utilize some of those same practices.

Ways mindfulness helps sustain recovery:

  1. Mindfulness fosters a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to seeing yourself. One of the struggles you face in recovery is accepting and loving yourself even though you have made mistakes and bad choices. Mindfulness helps you recognize that you are not your mistakes. You are a person of worth who makes mistakes. This can stave off relapse when you feel badly about yourself.
  2. Mindfulness slows down your thought processes, giving you time to think before you act. Using drugs like Lortab is often an automatic response rather than the result of concentrated awareness and deliberate decision. Mindfulness encourages you to stop and observe what you are thinking and feeling so you can stop yourself from using drugs.
  3. Mindfulness allows you to experience unpleasant feelings without numbing or medicating them. Mindfulness shows you that those emotions are tolerable and won’t last forever. The moment will pass, so you don’t need to take Lortab to feel better.
  4. Mindfulness helps you deal with stress, a major contributor to relapse. Your mind goes into overdrive as you worry about something — a lab report, job interview or relationship with a loved one. Mindfulness helps you focus on the present moment rather than what was or what it yet to come.
  5. Mindfulness helps you feel connected with other people. Often, drug addicts lose sight of their relationships because they are so focused on using or acquiring Lortab. By living in the present moment, a recovering addict can recognize and enjoy the people around him. That connection with others provides support to remain clean and sober.

There are many more benefits to practicing mindfulness. The more you practice it, the more you will recognize how it helps sustain recovery.

Getting Help For Your Addiction to Lortab

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs like Lortab, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can help you find the best treatment for your situation. We can also help you find a treatment facility that utilizes mindfulness practices. Don’t let Lortab control you anymore. Call us today and start on the path of recovery.