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Recovering from the disease of addiction is much more in-depth than many people think. Addiction is such a powerful disease that it involves a variety of addiction therapy programs in order to recover. The primary problem with addiction isn’t the substances a person was abusing, but has more to do with the way the person thinks and reacts to life. Everything that has fueled a person’s addiction doesn’t magically disappear when they leave treatment. It’s important to learn how to deal with life in a new way once a person discharges from treatment. This is why the best addiction treatment programs have a wide range of addiction therapy programs to help people recover.
The practice of mindfulness has been gaining popularity in recent years, and it’s not just something for those who struggle with addiction. Mindfulness-based treatment has been helping people in their day-to-day life learn how to manage stress, be happier and have a more fulfilling life experience. Many people just go through their daily routine without taking a moment to really acknowledge everything that’s going on around them. Simply put, mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose and non-judgmentally. Recent studies have shown that regular mindfulness practice actually helps strengthen the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for some of the following:
Understanding how addiction affects the brain, it’s been discovered that the prefrontal cortex of those who are addicted isn’t functioning properly. Practicing mindfulness is working on the part of the brain that leads to a person picking up the first drink or a drug. Learning mindfulness in treatment helps a person regulate their emotions, control their impulses and have more of an awareness of what they’re doing to themselves as well as the people around them.
We’ve come a long way when it comes to understanding the disease of addiction. Ever since medical science discovered that addiction is more than simply a lack of willpower or an issue with poor judgement, there have been discoveries as to how best treat the disease of addiction. These types of practices are called evidence-based therapies. This means that medical science has been able to prove that these evidence-based treatments legitimately help anyone who struggles with the disease of addiction.
The most popular form of evidence-based treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is done in qualified treatment centers because it involves learning to replace old behaviors with new ones. This is the perfect type of therapy because it helps a person use the other treatment methods they’ve been taught. For example, when a person gets angry, frustrated, lonely, depressed or anxious, they’ll turn to a healthier activity like a mindfulness practice, exercising, calling a friend or journaling rather than picking up a drink or a drug.
Here at Beaches Recovery, we know that there’s more than one way to treat addiction. We recognize that each of our clients have their own specific needs. Not only do we provide people with standard substance abuse counseling on an individual and group therapy basis, but we also do many other types of treatment as well. Our beautiful location in Jacksonville, Florida, allows us to provide clients with anger management, equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy and much more. We’ll also introduce clients to different types of 12-step programs, which can be very useful for when a person leaves treatment. Call us today at 866-605-0532 to start the path to long-lasting sobriety with our addiction therapy programs.