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Reiki and Addiction

Article by Patti Deschaine

How can Reiki help with recovery from debilitating addictions such as overeating, smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse?  

Reiki should not be considered a “cure” for alcoholism or addiction, nor replace traditional treatment, but it can assist with recovery and make it immensely more tolerable. In the same way that Reiki is used as a complementary treatment for disease, such as cancer, heart, respiratory and other disorders, it is a welcome addition to regular treatment and provides vital support to recovery efforts.

Alcoholism and addiction, whether to chemicals, food, nicotine, sex or people sets in motion a continual daily assault on the individual that is physical, mental and spiritual. Chemical dependency of any kind places a great deal of stress on body, emotion and spirit. Sufferers rarely eat or sleep well and are often too busy trying to “keep it together” to bother making even minimal efforts toward health and wellness. Maintaining a normal lifestyle in today’s busy fast paced world, managing a home, a job, kids, is stressful enough for all of us. Substance abuse or addiction multiplies the stress of day to day living many times over. Addicts have spent years, often decades, doing damage to their physical and emotional selves. Add to that the shame and embarrassment that accompanies addiction and the result is out of control emotional pain, serious depression, and devastating loss of self esteem.

Physical: Withdrawal symptoms can be unsettling or downright uncomfortable. Headaches, insomnia, muscle aches and pain, tremors, nausea, general anxiety and depression – all of these can be managed and reduced with the use of the gentle, noninvasive healing of Reiki.

Mental: Addiction is a downward spiral. Over time, those suffering with addiction will have convinced themselves that they are mentally weak, have no will power and are somehow inferior to other “normal” people. Negative self talk is a daily habit and toxic dialog will often run constantly in the mind. “You are such a loser, what is wrong with you? You can’t even manage to get through one day without….” Negative thoughts “play” continually like a bad soundtrack and hinder the recovery progress. It is vital to replace this with a constructive healthy alternative. Positive Reiki energy provides a very real sense of moving forward and taking important steps to recovery. With practice, negative self talk can be immediately caught and replaced with pure healing energy.

Spiritual: Addiction of any kind isolates and takes sufferers to a very dark, lonely place. Getting clean and sober is like coming back to the light. Finding new interests like Reiki or learning about crystals sparks our creative side and opens us up to experiences we never knew existed. Reiki will help release negative emotions, encourage self forgiveness and allow positive energy to flow and light to come in. Connecting to universal energy brings comfort and serves as a reminder that you are not alone.

A healing attunement or a Reiki I attunement can be especially helpful as it allows the recipient to practice self healing on a daily basis. The importance of this cannot be emphasized enough. Self healing will assist with treating the symptoms at the root cause. These are the issues that caused the abuse initially. It is fear, anxiety, hopelessness that drive an individual to pick up a substance to ease discomfort.  Well meaning physicians prescribe medication to treat the symptoms such as sleeplessness or anxiety and further compound the problem.  Finding an alternate method to self medicating is essential. Use the power symbol, Cho Ku Rei to intensify Reiki energy and clear blocked energy that has occurred in the body over time. Sei He Kei, the emotional healing symbol, can be a powerful ally in releasing past trauma and healing the dis-ease that accompanies it.

Using crystals in combination with Reiki can enhance healing sessions. A stone carried in a pocket can be very comforting during stressful moments. Amethyst, citrine, carnelian and garnet are calming and support addiction. Smokey quartz is grounding and protects against negative energy. There are myriad of crystals to choose from. Finding the ones that work best for you is fun and interesting.

Reiki healing can and will assist in your journey to restore health and balance. Above all, if you are recovering from an addiction remember that you are a child of the universe and that you have a right to be here. Forgive yourself and move forward. There are so many blessings that await.

Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://majaenergyworksandreikihealing.com and https://www.facebook.com/MajaEnergyWorks.

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  • thomas wiley November 20, 2013, 6:25 pm

    Thanks so much. I am just beginning Reiki and am very interested and excited to learn all I can , Thanks Again

  • Elise Brenner November 20, 2013, 11:44 pm

    Clear article that is credible and encouraging to so many! Thank you.

  • Laura Smith May 29, 2014, 10:41 pm

    Thank you for this post. There is much written regarding the many benefits reiki has although more commonly about cancer or other physical diseases

  • Diane May 30, 2014, 8:46 am

    I have been attuned to reiki 1 and 2 and I’ve been self healing for a year I’ve managed to come off antidepressants after 20 years so grateful for finding reiki 🙂

  • delia. July 1, 2014, 9:51 am

    I hav just finished level 2 diploma on alternative therapies starting level 3 in Aug. I intend to do reiki as another therapy. I live in Glasgow scotland can you suggest the best option for me to acheive this. Thankyou, you inspire me very much.x.

    • Jen redmond October 30, 2014, 8:42 am

      Hi Delia, I to live in Glasgow and am just about to do my Reiki Master Teacher with Lorna McLean, look her up. She is a wonderful teacher who has taught me all levels of Reiki.

      Wishing you all the best on your Reiki Journey.

      Love n light
      Jen xx

  • Dan Sawyer September 29, 2014, 11:30 am

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  • Dan Sawyer September 29, 2014, 11:34 am

    Apart from that… I absolutely love this website and all you enlighten us with! So a big loving thank you!

    • Karen October 25, 2015, 9:59 am

      Hello Dan
      Are you attuned to Reiki? Reiki is wonderful
      For oneself and others
      Enjoy today

  • Laurie October 30, 2014, 11:58 am

    Lovely, thank-you

  • Karen December 12, 2014, 1:06 pm

    I knew almost nothing about Reiki when I took my first class in 2012. After the class and attunement to Reiki 1, I just felt exhausted but at peace. I was extremely thirsty and suddenly water tasted better than ever before and I found myself unable to drink diet Coke. This was my drink of choice for so many years and suddenly it was impossible for me to swallow. My addiction to all soda drinks and my nightly glass of wine disappeared in an instant. My addiction to worry also left me. I have gone on to take Reiki 2 and 3 since then and I believe that Reiki could be a major part of fighting any form of addiction. The Reiki precepts are to repeated daily and one of them is, I will be kind to all living beings. That includes yourself.

  • Gad April 23, 2016, 4:34 pm

    What chakra should be worked on for alcohol addiction? Any extra tips for this? Thankyou.

  • marie towey September 25, 2016, 5:17 am

    I’m a reiki master, when I first started my journey I worked on my alcoholic husband that was in his early recovery! I did 3 full intense sessions of reiki on him and he had an amazing results! He is 10 yrs sober!

  • Vandana May 22, 2019, 8:18 am

    That sounds a great relief! Can distant reiki healing for deaddicting my most beloved one work the same wonder? I am a reiki practioner and have attained third level attunement.

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