Did you know you can use meditation for alcoholism?
As someone who used to suffer from numerous addictions, trust me when I tell you: You can definitely use meditation to quit drinking. There are some powerful meditations for alcoholism, and they have been proven to work.
Before I quit my every addiction simultaneously, I used to drink, smoke, watch adult videos, you name it.
Life was a blur back then. I used to jump from one addiction to the next, drinking then smoking then binging on candy.
Then one day I happened to read a book about mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a simple practice. It basically means focusing the mind on the present moment and being consciously aware.
It’s very simple, but it’s also very powerful.
I studied every aspect of mindfulness and meditation. Quit drinking. Started living a healthier life. And a few years later I became a meditation teacher and launched this very blog.
Now, today, I teach people how to use meditation to quit drinking, to quit smoking, and to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
So that brings us to this article today.
In this guide I am going to show you how to quit drinking with some meditations for alcoholism. I’ll share with you the science, my personal insights, and my top meditations for alcoholism.
By the end of this guide you will see why meditation makes it easy to quit drinking alcohol.
Here’s Why You Should Use Meditation For Alcoholism
When you learn to meditate you will find the power to stop cravings and overcome addictions.
In a moment I will share with you the science and the instructions for quitting drinking with meditation.
But first a question: Why should you use meditation to quit drinking alcohol?
There are so many different techniques for quitting drinking.
A short list includes:
- Addiction helplines
- Medications for alcohol dependence
- Alcohol rehab centers
- Alcoholics Anonymous
However, in my experience there is nothing more effective than meditation for alcoholism.
So why would you choose to use meditation to quit drinking alcohol?
I’ll answer that question through my own personal insights.
In my experience, most methods of quitting drinking take power away from you. Medications for alcoholism may work sometimes, but they also make you dependent on a tablet. Alcohol rehab centers can help for a while, but many people relapse after they leave.
Meditation is different. One of the best things about using meditation for alcoholism is that it is empowering.
Meditation is about you learning to use the power of your own mind in ore positive ways.
When you learn to meditate, you learn to control your mind and your emotions. You learn to take control of your cravings. And, more than anything, you learn that you have the power to quit drinking for yourself.
Meditation is a very empowering thing. More than any other technique for quitting drinking, meditation puts you in control.
Not only this, but there are more than 100 proven benefits of meditation.
So not only can you quit drinking with meditation, you will get a ton of other benefits from it too.
And science shows that it works.
Here’s What Science Says About Using Meditation For Alcoholism
Research published by the International Journal Of Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that alcoholics who practice mindfulness for just eleven minutes a day end up drinking less beer per week (compared to a control group).
The people in the mindfulness group were taught to mindfully observe their thoughts and feelings (and especially their cravings for eleven minutes per day).
University College London took a group of 68 adult alcoholics and taught them one single 11 minute lesson in mindfulness, which particularly focused on being conscious of bodily feelings and cravings.
The control group was taught relaxation techniques that were designed to reduce cravings.
During the following week, the group that had been taught mindfulness drank on average 9.3 units of alcohol less than they had done the week before. And this after just one single eleven minute lesson in mindfulness.
The study’s authors state that mindfulness is an effective treatment for alcoholics and recommend the use of mindfulness meditation to quit drinking.
So, that’s why you should use meditation for alcoholism. But how do you do it?
Here’s how to use meditation to stop drinking.
Use These Meditations To Quit Drinking Alcohol Today
The following are the best meditation techniques for quitting drinking. Read through each, and click the links for complete tutorials to each method.
Body Scan Meditation To Control Cravings
Cravings for alcohol usually begin as a physical sensation in the body. For instance, you may start to feel irritable or itchy when you don’t drink. This is the craving manifesting in a physical way in your body.
The problem is that most people are not conscious of these triggers until too late. By the time you’re conscious of that itch telling you to drink, it’s already gotten a hold of you.
You need to become aware of your triggers so that you can control them before they make you drink.
The best way to do this is by using body scan meditation. It’s a method that makes you more conscious of sensations in your body. When you practice this technique you will take control of all those little signals that tell you to drink.
This is definitely one of the best meditations for alcoholism. So be sure to read my guide to body scan meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation To Quit Drinking Alcohol
Science proves that the best meditation to quit drinking is mindfulness.
Mindfulness is simply the practice of being conscious of the present moment.
When we have an addiction like drinking or smoking, we are often lost in our thoughts, thinking of ways to get a hit of our addiction, or ways to recover from our addiction, or just plain thinking about our addiction. We’re never really now. We are not conscious in the present moment.
Mindfulness makes us more conscious. And when we become more conscious we take control.
This is scientifically proven to be the best meditation to quit drinking. My Mindfulness Tutorial will get you started.
Loving Kindness Meditation for alcoholism caused by emotions
Often, addictions like drinking and smoking have an emotional undertone. Many people become addicts after trauma or after painful periods in life.
Difficult times can leave us feeling empty, angry, depressed, or just plain negative, and these emotions can make us drink.
Is there are an emotional undercurrent to your drinking? Is it caused or motivated by anger or resentment, or other negative feelings towards yourself or someone else?
If so, I highly recommend you practice Loving Kindness Meditation.
Quitting drinking will be much easier when you feel loved and supported. And that is precisely what Loving Kindness Meditation will give you.
Read my guide to Loving Kindness Meditation to get started.
And That’s How To Quit Drinking With Meditation
When it comes to quitting drinking, meditation can help in big ways.
When you meditate you become more consciously aware of the cravings and the triggers that make you drink. You also boost your willpower and make your mind stronger. Plus, even though you are using meditation for alcoholism, you will also get lots of additional health bonuses.
I’ve personally been successful in quitting drinking with meditation. And I hope this guide helps you to quit drinking too.
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Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation