When it comes to overcoming addiction, several approaches can be useful. For most patients, the best approach is a comprehensive one. At Gateway Foundation Joliet, you can expect evidence-based treatment alongside holistic and mindfulness therapies. Learn more about the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Sobriety and how it can be a key to relapse prevention.

Recognizing Cravings and Triggers

a group of people practice yoga as a form of mindfulness-based sobrietyRelapse happens. Anyone trying to overcome addiction should go into treatment knowing about this risk, why it happens and how they can avoid it. All too often, patients don’t fully understand the dangers of relapse, which can be dangerous. However, through mindfulness, patients learn more about how to recognize cravings and triggers.

Triggers often happen in stressful situations. Although you might embrace sobriety when you’re relaxed and happy, it can become harder when you’re tired, hungry or worried. Everyone has their own set of triggers, and it is essential to learn what those are. When you can recognize triggers, then you’ll be able to initiate your healthy coping mechanisms instead of turning to substance abuse.

Cravings often arise along with triggers. A craving can be psychological or physical, and some people feel like they are impossible to ignore. With addiction therapy and Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, however, you can explore what causes those cravings and fight back against them.

Being Mindful of How You Feel in the Moment

HALT is a great acronym to learn during mindfulness therapy. It stands for hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness. Very often, it is one of those feelings that is causing a craving. When you take care of the cause of the discomfort, the craving might subside altogether.

When you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, the priority becomes that substance. Things like thirst, exhaustion or anger are second to the overarching priority of addiction. Of course, it takes time and therapy to relearn how to spot the signals and recognize your emotions.

There are plenty of ways to check in with yourself on a regular basis and see how you’re feeling both physically and emotionally. For people who are religious, a morning prayer might be the answer. Other clients get in the habit of a short walk each day, 30 minutes of yoga or just a few minutes of guided meditation. The key is finding what works for you and what you can sustainably fit into your daily schedule.

Taking Time to Relieve Stress

For some patients, getting sober is the easy part. Maintaining that sobriety, however, feels much harder. That’s because many patients begin the recovery process in a controlled, comfortable environment. Once you’re back to the real world, however, there is more stress and more opportunities for relapse.

Through Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, patients can learn how to relieve stress in healthy ways. These techniques are different for every patient, and they will be unique to you and your lifestyle. By finding and committing to stress relief practices, you’ll have an easier time staying mindful and focused on your lifelong sobriety.

Implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Addiction often goes hand in hand with a desire for control. Many people who struggle with substance abuse are perfectionists, or they feel out of control in a challenging world. For this reason, in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, patients learn how to relinquish control. This makes it a natural fit for a Mindfulness-Based Sobriety program.

This therapy encourages patients to accept the things in life that they can’t control. When you’re able to do that, you can focus on preserving the things that matter, like your health, your sobriety and your relationships. Sobriety takes commitment, and it isn’t something that will magically appear after a few weeks of rehab. Patients need to commit to the lifelong pursuit of recovery.

Practicing Mindfulness-Based Sobriety at Gateway Foundation Joliet

At Gateway Foundation Joliet, you can expect a variety of addiction therapy options. Patients can look forward to a customized approach to recovery that includes an emphasis on Mindfulness-Based Sobriety. In addition, patients can access all of the following treatments and therapies:

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety can help during the recovery process, and it can also be crucial to relapse prevention. At Gateway Foundation Joliet, you can access a wide range of resources and begin your journey to recovery. Take the next step today by calling 815.265.6734.