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Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder characterized by repeated use of drugs, or repetitive engagement in a behavior such as gambling, despite harm to self and others.

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Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time.

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Drug rehabilitation is the process of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin or amphetamines.

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The side event will discuss the success of innovative approach of mindfulness based therapies incorporated in drug treatment recovery programme of Sri Lanka as a new strategy with scientifically proven results.
The new paradigm of approach will establish cost effective and stable addiction recovery by significantly reducing pain at the withdrawal stage, the relapse rate, drug cravings addressing root causes of the drug addiction.


Benifits of Mindfulness

The cultivation of mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, but most religions include some type of prayer or meditation technique that helps shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life.

Improves well-being

Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.

Improves physical health

Mindfulness can help relieve stress,treat heart disease,lower blood pressure,reduce chronic pain,improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Improves mental health

Mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Mindfulness techniques

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment.

Meditation and other practices

Mindfulness can be cultivated through mindfulness meditation, a systematic method of focusing your attention.

Getting started

Some types of meditation primarily involve concentration—repeating a phrase or focusing on the sensation of breathing, allowing the parade of thoughts that inevitably arise to come and go.

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In mindfulness meditation, once you establish concentration, you observe the flow of inner thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judging them as good or bad.

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You also notice external sensations such as sounds, sights, and touch that make up your moment-to-moment experience.

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At times, this process may not seem relaxing at all, but over time it provides a key to greater happiness and self-awareness as you become comfortable with a wider and wider range of your experiences.

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