Building Mindful Awareness in Addiction Treatment

Mindfulness has become a powerful tool in the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It empowers people by giving them more control over their impulses and automatic response to stressors. Building mindful awareness in addiction treatment is part of our holistic approach to treating substance use disorder at our luxury rehab in Hawaii.

At Exclusive Hawaii Rehab, we incorporate a range of holistic treatments and therapies that are focused on mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness techniques help to reduce pain, depression, anxiety, cravings, and anxiety through building awareness of your feelings, thoughts, sensations, and surroundings.

The core of the idea of mindful awareness in addiction treatment is allowing uncomfortable sensations, thoughts, and feelings to happen and instead of trying to escape or avoid them, you become aware of them and allow them to run their course and pass. It is an empowering technique that will not only serve your recovery and healing from addiction but also help to empower you and facilitate personal growth.


Practicing meditation techniques to help with your addiction recovery can assist in building mindful awareness in recovery. Our executive rehab is a perfect place to learn how to meditate to promote mindfulness which will help to empower you in your recovery as you become calm with what is instead of trying to resist intrusive thoughts and sensations.

Various studies have shown that medication can help a person to recognize the sensations and thoughts that would normally lead them to substance abuse and increase their willpower and motivation to remain on course with their recovery. Meditation in recovery from addiction can help to prevent negative thoughts from becoming obsessive and help to avoid self-sabotaging behaviors.

Our meditation programs at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab will help you to recenter yourself, reduce anxiety and stress, improve emotional stability, and bring about peace of mind and purpose. Physical benefits of regular meditation in recovery also reduce chronic pain, increase energy, lower blood pressure, and can bring about improved moods.

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Journaling is a way to express your emotions and thoughts in a private and constructive way. It can be an empowering tool for addiction treatment helping to facilitate self-awareness and lay a healing path in recovery. Journaling can assist in taking a jumble of thoughts and emotions and turning them into something more cohesive which can reveal insights into your emotions and thoughts that you may not realize otherwise.

There is also a ritualistic aspect of journaling that helps to diffuse emotions and thoughts. As you write down the things that are affecting you, the act of writing your thoughts on paper or digitally can help you to let go of them. Unexpressed emotions and thoughts can become invasive when ignored, and journaling helps to air these thoughts and emotions, allowing you to work through them, become more aware of them, and ultimately, build a coping skill that will serve you for the long run. 

Along the lines of building mindful awareness in recovery, journaling at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab can help you to relieve stress, reduce feelings of anxiety, build inner peace, see another perspective that gives greater insight and allow for improved motivation and focus.

Art Therapy

Art has always been an expressive medium. In addiction treatment, art therapy can play an important role to help in building mindful awareness during your recovery from addiction at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab. Art therapy is a therapeutic program that uses art as an expressive tool to help with trauma, mental health, and healing in recovery.

Art therapy has been shown to reduce stress in just 45 minutes, according to the American Art Therapy Association. It doesn’t require any artistic talent or history, just participation. It is an excellent therapy for substance use disorder for both men and women.

Art therapy can help to: 

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Reduces relapse risk
  • Safe platform to express and explore emotions
  • Helps to build mindful awareness
  • Improves social skills
  • Helps to reconcile emotional conflict
  • Improved awareness of your reality

Art therapy can be an excellent tool to help with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other mental health issues. The therapy will facilitate your personal growth and provide a sense of empowerment as you heal from intense emotions that you may be facing.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a term that refers to multiple hands-on therapeutic models. For many people, behavioral therapy can be difficult because they may not be ready to talk about the things that are affecting them, such as past trauma. Experiential therapy offers a way to heal and empower your recovery while taking a break from talking about the driving forces behind your addiction.  Instead, experiential therapy helps you to work through your emotions by doing purposeful activities.

The purposeful activity in experiential therapy allows for healing as a person unpacks and expresses their emotions and thoughts in a safe, constructive environment. Experiential therapy is therefore an active rather than passive form of therapy that can facilitate personal growth and healing in ways that other behavioral therapies may not. People often learn best through personal experience.

Some of the experiential therapies on offer at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab include:

  • Art therapy
  • Surf therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Recreational therapy

Participating in experiential therapy for addiction will help to improve your mind-body connection opening the door to personal growth, healing, and empowerment. Through purposeful activity in the stunning Hawaiian setting, you will be able to let the body and mind merge so that you feel more centered, motivated, and focused on your goals.

Let Exclusive Hawaii Rehab help to build your mindful awareness to aid you through your early recovery and serve you in your long-term recovery from addiction.

Experience True Healing

Our deeply-caring staff and the surrounding natural beauty offer an unparalleled healing experience.