romas-buivydasMind over matter. This old adage encouraged us to believe that the mind is more powerful than the body, but is this actually true? What difference could a few positive thoughts possibly have in your daily life? The answer is much more than we could have anticipated. Research has shown the practical and statistical benefits behind meditation, or mindfulness, as an addiction recovery technique. Let’s take a look at some of the most fascinating finds from these studies.

Mindfulness as a Supplemental Form of Prevention and Recovery
One of the most highly cited studies is Treating and Preventing Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drug Abuse Through Transcendental Meditation: A Review and Statistical Meta-Analysis. The study finds that:

When utilized in a holistic treatment program, mindfulness soothes the path to sober living. For instance, just as drugs and substance abuse alter the brain, mindfulness changes the brain’s connections, except this time the alteration and growth is positive in nature. The result is less anxiety and depression, which are often some of the reasons that drug addiction begins in the first place. As recovery continues, the productivity gained from practicing mindfulness allows young adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives and explore new passions and hobbies.

The overwhelming benefits of practicing mindfulness couldn’t be more apparent.