Meditation for substance abuse has been shown to be effective in helping patients get sober and stay sober. Neuroscientists have discovered, through controlled studies, that brain activity shifts to the more tranquil left frontal cortex of the brain, away from the stress prone right frontal cortex, when people meditate. People who meditate are generally healthier as the effects of stress, anxiety, and mild depression are lowered.
Meditation is simply a state of deep tranquility and presence in the moment. It can be accomplished while doing the dishes, dancing, sitting, lying down, chanting, not chanting, gazing out at something or with eyes closed. The only object of the practice of meditation is silence of the mind and stillness in the soul; there is no limit as to how one can accomplish that. The best technique for silencing the mind is to stop trying to; simply notice the thoughts and let them pass through without judgment or further examination.
There are many paths to the meditative state and each path is highly personal. At New Method Wellness, some find that deep breathing or silent sitting is the best practice while others must lose themselves in blissful dance or some other mindless activity. Like addiction treatment as a whole, there is no one size fits all for meditation. Every type of meditation is beneficial so long as it quiets the mind and reduces stress levels.