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Non-12 Step Treatment: Meditation

meditation2At AToN Center we believe that a holistic and sustainable treatment plan has to be comprised of a multitude of therapeutic components. Meditation is often included in a multidisciplinary approach to addiction treatment for its positive effects on the mind and body.

Meditation is a technique whereby the resident will increase awareness and non-judgmentally attend to internal and external stimuli. This may help calm the mind and allow the resident to effectively decrease stress, cravings and emotional upset. Meditation can provide a deeper insight into one’s emotional life as well as allow for a peaceful escape. Meditation is a compassionate approach and focuses on acceptance and openness rather than guilt, blame and shame about one’s addictive behavior.

The basic advantage of meditation for treatment is in its simplicity. It does not take a long time to learn Meditation. It can be done nearly anywhere, anytime and, after some training, without any outside support. Most importantly, residents will be able to apply and exercise it in critical situations; avoiding relapse by controlling their stress, anxiety and cravings. Scientific research has been able to prove the positive effects of Meditation on the success of addiction treatment programs and the prevention of relapse.

At AToN Center, the Clinical Team teaches weekly meditation groups. These groups are focused on Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors. Through these groups, residents are able to incorporate meditation into their Relapse Prevention plan. They participate in guided meditation such as automatic pilot and relapse, awareness of triggers and craving, mindfulness in daily life, and mindfulness in high-risk situations. Additionally, AToN Center offers individualized meditation therapy with a skilled practitioner.