One of the most vital aspects of long term recovery from substance use is mindfulness. At Alina Lodge, we have constructed our program such that one of its primary features focuses on this central point. By being mindful and conscious of our surroundings, ourselves, and the present moment, students struggling with addiction can control their urges, successfully handle the triggers they are sure to face after they leave our program, and put themselves on the path to genuine, long term recovery. Participating in our mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) therapy program in New Jersey is an excellent place to start.
What Is Mindfulness?
Someone who is mindful is, in the most basic sense, aware of the present moment, and views it in a non-judgmental way. This may seem simple, but true mindfulness is almost always a skill that one must develop over time. This is one of the reasons that MBRP therapy is so well suited to the type of treatment our patients receive in the long-term treatment program at Alina Lodge. Our students are always given the time they need to recover fully and build the skills that they will need for reintegration into society.
A mindful person is aware of the people around them, but not consumed by or obsessive about them. In this sense, MBRP therapy encourages people to connect with others — whether peers in recovery or other individuals in their social support network — in a meaningful, healthy way.
What Can I Expect in an MBRP Therapy Program?
In MBRP therapy, students are taught to pay attention to the feedback their bodies are giving them. One of the techniques we use to facilitate this process is called a “body scan,” which is similar to meditative practice. In a body scan, the student lies in a relaxed state and is asked to slowly shift their attention between parts of their body as they control their breathing. This simple act of awareness is often the first step that students need when learning to pay attention to their own needs and the needs of others.
Our students also participate in mindfulness meditation as a way of getting into better touch with their thoughts, emotions, and surroundings. Additionally, they learn Hatha yoga, which trains students to be more aware of their bodies and more conscious of themselves as existing in space. This practice involves a series of deliberate stretching exercises coupled with specific breathing techniques.
Advantages of an MBRP Therapy Program
There are many ways in which MBRP therapy helps students thrive both in and after addiction treatment. Among these are:
- Students to be aware of triggers and high-risk situations so that they can handle them more effectively.
- They learn to focus on accepting and tolerating both positive and negative physical and emotional states, which allows them to handle cravings more effectively.
- Students learn to monitor their internal reactions to situations and to approach situations in a measured way, which leads to less impulsive behavior.
- Students learn to trust themselves and appreciate their own judgments, which increases their sense of self-worth.
In the MBRP therapy program at Alina Lodge, we have found that all of these benefits lead to one significant outcome: a reduced rate of relapse among patients who have participated in this type of addiction therapy.
Learn More at Alina Lodge Today
Our MBRP therapy program in New Jersey isn’t for everyone. No treatment approach is. But with the proper guidance, it can allow patients to take the time they need to combat their addictive behaviors successfully and achieve the long-term sobriety they deserve. To learn more, contact Alina Lodge online or call 833.685.1700.