Did you know mindfulness can be a powerful ally in sustaining recovery from addictions? The practice of mindfulness can increase awareness of the triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and automatic reactions that can lead us into harm. It can give us the space and presence of mind to pause, observe our experience, and bring awareness to the broader range of choices available to us in any given moment.
The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is happy to offer a number of resources for people working to maintain their recovery:
- Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
- Recovery Friendly Ashtanga Yoga
- Article: Mindfulness & Addiction
- Article: Ashtanga Yoga for Mental Health
- Recovery Friendly Guided Meditations
Mindfulness isn’t meant to take the place of a comprehensive addictions treatment program for recovery, but it it is proving to be a helpful adjunct for many. We encourage you to ask your provider about the potential benefits of adding mindfulness practices to your recovery toolkit.