The Power of Mantras During Addiction Recovery

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”  – Steve Maraboli

A study in the U.S. Library of Medicine (2015) found that repetitive speech elicits widespread deactivation in the human cortex or the “Mantra” effect. Translation – this repetition resulted in the positive, psychological calming effect associated with mantra-related meditative practices. So what does this study mean for those in addiction recovery? 

One of the best ways to stay sober and prevent recurrence of use is to engage in positive thinking and mantras are incredibly powerful tools to do this. Recovery is a rollercoaster – some days, sobriety seems easy, other days are full of feelings of regret, cravings, and negativity. By practicing mantras each day, you can maintain a sense of routine, which is vital to relapse prevention. Mantras focus the mind and calm the body during meditation and yoga. However, mantras can also take the form of positive daily affirmations. Whether you use traditional Sanskrit mantras or modern-day affirmations, both can help you move through the toughest periods of recovery. 

Mantra Benefits:

An Exercise to Try 

The famous spiritual guru Deepak Chopra suggests ( this mantra to recite during times of crisis: “I will say yes to change.” As you repeat this mantra, he suggests to take a moment during this practice and:

Treatment for addiction

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition and a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and need to be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best outcome in recovery. Get help today and take the first step toward restored health, a renewed spirit, and a fulfilling and enjoyable sober lifestyle. Contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to get the help you need.