Recovering from addiction is challenging, and a person needs every positive coping skill in their toolbox to be successful. Fortunately, mindfulness may be one of the strongest tools a person can use during recovery — and it does not need a prescription or trainer to master.
According to American Psychiatric Association (APA), mindfulness meditation is “training your attention to achieve a mental state of calm concentration and positive emotions.”1 Although there are a variety of approaches and names for mindfulness, the two main elements involved are attention and acceptance.
Mindfulness is not a new concept. Throughout ancient history, many cultures and religions have utilized mindfulness techniques in a variety of ways. Early Buddhists, for example, practiced mindfulness, especially an awareness of breath control concerning their body.2 Hinduism also uses a similar method for deep meditation.3 Although Hinduism often incorporates mantras and chants into their mindfulness practices, mindfulness meditation does not require such practices.