The stress of substance abuse on the mind is a real challenge to cope with. It’s why treatment only starts when detox ends because the physical addiction is only a piece of the puzzle when working towards lasting sobriety. More importantly, it’s the reason they say recovery is a journey and not a destination. Chemical dependency changes the very wiring of our brains and healing the mind is an ongoing process. Meditation and mindfulness are tools that help us develop awareness and clarity towards that end and they serve to assist in repairing the mental damage done by substance abuse. Sobriety is about taking one step at a time and mediation and mindfulness break it down further to focusing on one breath.