Meditation has been used throughout time for many different reasons. Studies have shown that meditation reduces stress, normalizes blood pressure and provides more self-awareness. “We operate philosophically from a counseling perspective that addiction represents (a) a client’s attempt to avoid dealing with life stressors by pursuing a feelings-on-demand lifestyle, (b) the client’s inability to control his or her desire for the feeling, (c) the client’s inability to identify possible remedies to his or her condition, and/or (d) an inability to successfully carry out an identified solution” (Pruett, Nishimura and Priest, p. 72). Frame (2003) noted that “spirituality is concerned with a person’s search for meaning purpose, and value in life” (p. 27). Meditation and spirituality go hand in hand. In Alcoholics Anonymous groups, members study the eleventh step which states “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out” (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 96). Unlike other previously mentioned types of therapies to address addiction, meditation inhibits self-awareness, provides a healthy outlet to handle stress and become ones “true self”. Meditation does not necessarily need to be done in conjunction with 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, but it has been noted that involvement in a 12-step program and consistent meditation promotes a higher level of success and a lower rate of relapse.
by Chris Sobel, BHT Primary Therapist
Chris has been part of the Prescott House team since 2005 and an active member in the recovery community in Prescott since 2002. In his work with each client, he brings forthrightness, inspiring life experience, and a commitment to helping men recover from addiction. Chris has many passions including golf and NY Mets baseball, and – most importantly – spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Chris is also an amazing cook! Try some of his recipes: Easy Posole | Watermelon Salad
*Pruett, J. M., Nishimura, N. J., & Priest, R. (2007). The role of meditation in addiction recovery. Counseling and Values, 52(1), 71-84. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2161-007X.2007.tb00088.x
*Frame, M., & Williams, C. (n.d.). Counseling African Americans: Integrating Spirituality in Therapy. Counseling and Values, 16-28.
*Alcoholics Anonymous. (2002). Alcoholics Anonymous. New York: AA World Services.