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Grounding Techniques

Grounding techniques are self-soothing strategies aimed to bring an individual back to the present moment when emotionally activated. Grounding techniques can be used to decrease anxiety, overwhelm, or stress by refocusing on the here and now. Grounding skills work by turning your attention away from what’s causing distress and allowing you to refocus on the present. There are many grounding strategies to try until you find those that work best for you.

At Carrara, grounding is utilized to stabilize emotions, relapse prevention, reduce anxiety, and refocusing on the here and now. Our comprehensive treatment plans are based on the principle that achieving mental and emotional balance are crucial components for healing from addiction. At Carrara Treatment, Wellness, & Spa, grounding techniques are weaved into our luxurious treatment offerings to align with client’s individualized treatment programs. Clients learn grounding techniques and engage in activities that promote healing. From Carrara’s serene location, our client’s have many places to try their new skills and see what is most effective. This includes outdoors in nature, in the lux spa, feeling water from one of the spectacular pools, and mindfulness walks in the garden. Grounding is a foundational component of the program at Carrara and a pivotal aspect of healing.

Recovery Process

In the recovery process, grounding can serve as a tool to combat triggers, mental confusion, and heightened emotions, often experienced during detoxification and withdrawal. Grounding has many benefits including accessibility as it can be practiced anytime and anywhere, giving clients a sense of authority and self-efficacy. Grounding gives individuals tools to anchor themselves in the present and bring them to the here and now. Benefits of grounding in recovery include:

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Grounding techniques can lower cortisol levels, calm the mind, regulate the nervous system, and reducing stress.
  • Enhances Emotional Regulation: By focusing on the present, individuals are better equipped to manage difficult emotions and return to a more regulated state.
  • Improves Sleep: Grounding can contribute to more restorative sleep, critical for mind and body healing.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: The practice is known to reduce inflammation, pain, and stress. Grounding can enhance blood flow, increase energy, and leads to a greater sense of well-being.
  • Encourages Mind-Body Connection: Grounding brings awareness to the physical body, which can be neglected during substance abuse.
  • Supports Overall Well-being: Consistent grounding practice is associated with increased vitality and improved overall health.

Grounding techniques can be employed during intense cravings or triggers by diverting the mind from negative patterns and bring it back to a state of peace. Utilizing grounding techniques leads to emotional resilience and a sense of authority. When clients see that they can successfully manage challenging emotions or situations on their own, they gain confidence and a sense of authority in their own healing journey. Allowing our clients to face challenging emotions and situations without reverting to substance use, changes thought patterns and neural pathways. Furthermore, grounding is a keystone for personal growth in recovery. As individuals practice these techniques, they gain mastery in their ability to self-regulate and manage triggers on their own. This resilience is an integral component of the recovery process and healing. Grounding serves as a foundational component upon which other therapeutic interventions can build while also providing clients with a non-pharmacological approach to recovering. By integrating grounding techniques into daily routines, clients develop strategies to maintain sobriety after treatment and greatly improve their quality of life. Grounding can profoundly impact individuals in recovery, instilling a sense of balance and stability that is often destroyed by addiction. At Carrara, clients experience grounding throughout their treatment as it’s delicately weaved into all aspects of our integrative clinical program.

References:

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Menigoz W, Latz TT, Ely RA, Kamei C, Melvin G, Sinatra D. Integrative and lifestyle medicine strategies should include Earthing (grounding): Review of research evidence and clinical observations. Explore (NY). 2020 May-Jun;16(3):152-160. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2019.10.005. Epub 2019 Nov 14. PMID: 31831261.

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