This Unusual Trick Has Been Scientifically Proven to Decrease Cravings And Urges

-By A. Scott Roberts
M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Addiction Specialist

Mindful meditation techniques are effective in improving general health and decreasing addiction problems. Mindful techniques are very useful to those who struggle with addiction because it trains the brain to react in a different way to cravings as it did in the past.

It can help anyone to properly manage their cravings, urges and intrusive thoughts – if used properly. I call it a “trick” because it tricks the brain out of the “normal” way of behaving.

Many studies have examined the benefits of mindful meditation on physical, emotional and psychological well-being. But more relevant to those struggling with addiction, is that it decreases levels of stress, anxiety, depression and anger1 – which are emotional states that lead to relapse.

Individuals who practice mindful mediation do not just feel less stressed, depressed or anxious, but instead, are replaced by feelings of gratitude, happiness, contentment and satisfaction.2

One of the most important tools in using mindfulness mediation for addiction recovery is the increased ability to recognize and manage destructive thoughts and emotions by becoming aware of them, observing them, analyzing them and then discrediting their validity.

People who have used mindful mediation have greater control over their emotional reactions and are better able to redirect their attention at will.4

Mindfulness used for addictions and compulsive behaviors are particularly effective because it employs the “non-reactivity” principle. This technique teaches to just observe cravings as they happen, to “not react,” but rather, just acknowledge and observe.

This may sound strange at first, but think of it this way. When a recovering addict starts to crave something, they either give in or react to it in a panic or a defensive way. Many times, recovering addicts will try to suppress the urges and cravings, but this makes matters worse and research shows it actually intensifies the craving.5

Using cognitive techniques that are incorporated with mindful processes can begin to rewire the brain.

The Truth Of Addiction Program teaches you step-by-step how to properly use mindfulness techniques and other methods to get you out of habit loops. These techniques coupled with key nutrients to restore the brain and body,  will boost success.

I wish you all the best,

-A. Scott Roberts
 M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Addiction Specialist

References

1. Baer, R. A. 2006. “Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches.” Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Baer, R. A. 2003. “Mindfulness Training as Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Empirical Review.” Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 10:125–143.
2. Baer, R. A. 2006. “Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches.” Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Feldman, G., A. Hayes, S. Kumar, J. Greeson, and J. P. Laurenceau. 2007. “Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation: The Development and Initial Validation of the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale-Revised (CAMS-R).” Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 29:177–190.
Walach, H., N. Buchheld, V. Buttenmuller, N. Kleinknecht, and S. Schmidt. 2006. “Measuring Mindfulness—The Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory.” Personality and Individual Differences 40:1543–1555.
3. Analayo. 2003. Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization. Birmingham, UK: Windhorse Publications.
4. Creswell, J. D., N. Eisenberger, and M. Lieberman. 2008. Neural Correlates of Mindfulness During Social Exclusion. Los Angeles: University of California. Unpublished manuscript.
5. Brown, K. W., R. M. Ryan, and J. D. Creswell. 2007. “Mindfulness: Theoretical Foundations and Evidence for Salutary Effects.” Psychological Inquiry 18:211–237.
Wegner, D. M., D. J. Schneider, S. Carter, and T. White. 1987. “Paradoxical Effects of Thought Suppression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 53:5–13.

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