By Staff Writer
The anxiety of the holiday season can jeopardize many of the relapse prevention efforts of recovering addicts. However, there are many things that individuals can do to cope with the stress of family gatherings without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
One stress-relieving method that is gaining popularity among addicts is meditation. ABC News recently reported that many individuals in drug rehab programs are turning to meditation as a way of controlling their emotions and helping them stay away from drugs and alcohol.
“I was skeptical. I never thought I would do it. Where I’m from, people don’t do a lot of meditation classes,” Demitrius, a recovering drug addict who asked to have his last name withheld, told the news source. “I kind of use the exercises, like the simple breathing exercises, and it relaxes me and makes me more peaceful, and things don’t bother me as much.”
The practice is catching on, and public health officials are increasingly looking to meditation to help addicts cope with the stress that leads to drug use. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently gave a University of Maryland researcher of grant of $410,624 to study the potential benefits of the practice.