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What Mindfulness Is Not

What Mindfulness Is Not

In our previous blog we discussed mindfulness and what mindfulness is. Here, we will discuss what mindfulness is not.

Mindfulness is not a stand alone treatment method

Mindfulness is being offered as an evidence based treatment method. Mindfulness is even supporting traditional evidence based treatments and therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy. Though the evidence supporting mindfulness’ efficacy in treating mental illness has been overwhelming, it is not enough to suggest mindfulness could be a solitary treatment.

The most successful treatment plans are individualized, pulling together multiple therapies and treatments, both evidence-based, innovative, and holistic. Mindfulness and mindfulness based practices can star even a leading role in a professional’s treatment plan, recovery plan, and relapse prevention plan. Mindfulness should not, at any point of time, be the only form of therapy or treatment a professional is receiving.

Mindfulness is not a cure for mental illness or the disease of addiction

Science is constantly chasing cures for diseases. Rightfully so when it comes to the disease of addiction. Between 2015 and 2016, more than 100,000 people died of opioid addiction alone. Currently, there is no cure for addiction. On the other hand, there is no standardized definition of what a cure would mean. Could someone who is addicted use drugs regularly again? Would they never have cravings or obsessive thoughts?

Mindfulness is one of many evidence-based treatment programs which are proven to reduce the symptoms of multiple mental illness diagnoses, possibly into remission. Remission is not a cure, but it is a promising advancement in the treatment of mental illness.

Mindfulness is not a replacement for prescription medication

Studies conducted on the efficacy of mindfulness take into consideration if a participant is on any kind of prescription medication. Moreover, researchers take into account how long a participant has been on prescription medications and at what dosages. Mindfulness treatments will affect those taking medications and those not taking medications differently. Participants of either category may experience remission from symptoms of mental illnesses like depression. Just because mindfulness is successful for a majority of participants, it does not mean that those taking prescription medications should stop taking prescription medications.

Working with a treatment team which includes doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and more, is essential for successful recovery. Professionals need the support of professionals, which is why the Center for Professional Recovery specializes in the treatment of professionals seeking recovery from addiction and dual diagnosis issues.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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