One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it. Many times these unwholesome thoughts and beliefs come from a restless mind. We may feel that our current state of unhappiness could be cured if only we could have the money, job, relationship, recognition, or power we had and lost, or never had and strongly desire. Often we cause ourselves suffering when we ache for something that lies out of our grasp or cling in vain to something that has already passed away.
Sometimes this involves tightly holding on to something negative: an unwholesome belief about how things ought to be or should have been, or an unwholesome emotion such as anger, sadness, or jealousy. Meditation and relaxation helps us develop the capacity to see clearly exactly what we’re attached to so that we can let go of it and end our suffering. The hidden areas of resistance that emerge into our awareness can be noted and examined later so that we can make the conscious choice to let them go.
The main benefit of Meditation is the ability to access the core of our inner-most being where our sense of wholeness resides.