Finding the Pause Button: Using Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

“When in doubt we can always pause, saying, ‘Not my will, but Thine, be done.’ As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.”

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This is an extraordinary sentence.  In active addiction we are impulsive rash and reckless.  We never think or plan ahead; we act immediately on how we feel in the moment and getting that next fix.  We live from moment to moment, feeding our addictive and alcoholic desires. But what happens when we put down the drink or drug.  We still live that self-centered, desire driven lifestyle.

At Sea Change Recovery we try and teach our clients to change their patterns of behavior in order to alter their perception and inevitably change how they feel.  Ever heard the phrase “you can’t think your way into right action but you can act your way into right thinking”? Just as in 12-step programs, at Sea Change we believe in taking the action to change one’s life.  In addition to group and one- on- one therapy, we offer experiential therapies that allow clients to get out of their heads and heal.

Mindfulness- an all-encompassing idea- is a huge part of our philosophy here at Sea Change.  Whether clients are surfing with Salt Water Therapy, practicing Horticultural Therapy or participating in Meditation, they are experiencing some sort of mindfulness practice.  The ability to pause rather than react in any situation or at an emotion is a long term benefit of sobriety and something we teach our clients to incorporate into their lives for lifelong sobriety.