The American Psychological Association defines mindfulness as the “awareness of one’s internal states and surroundings.” This means that you are focused on your moment-to-moment experience of what’s going on around you, without judgment. For example, if you are making coffee you are aware of every step of the process, the smell and sound of coffee beans grinding, the sound of hot water pouring, and finally the taste of the first sip of hot coffee.
You can practice mindfulness in your life in a number of ways, namely by engaging in mindfulness meditation. You can do this by:
Mindfulness can be an important part of the recovery process and can help you to keep in mind why you are doing what you are doing. Sometimes, it can be easy to lose your “why” for sobriety in the midst of cravings and temptation, but it’s important to focus on the present. Let the cravings and feelings of temptation come, acknowledge them, and then let them go without judgment. They are a natural part of the recovery process, and not a sign of weakness or lack of willpower. Tune into your body and how it feels, and ground yourself in the current moment.
Residential treatment centers are knownfor their success rate, so it’s important to research local ones that fit yours or that of the needs of your loved one. Ensure they are acredited and licensed, have access to emergency care services, offer aftercare planning, and have a credentialed staff
Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.