Addiction is a disease that often leads to a variety of other secondary problems. There are several benefits of Reiki for addiction. It can give mental health benefits, which includes the following:
- Boost creativity
- Improves mind relaxation
- Develops good memory
- Increase consciousness
- Aid from a traumatic experience
- Reduces anxiousness and depressive symptoms
Reiki can alleviate complex emotions, sleeplessness, and low self-esteem. It can also assist people spiritually, making them feel like they are living a more meaningful life. Some people say they feel more connected to themselves after receiving Reiki treatment. It lessens the pain associated with drug addiction.
Reiki Therapy Can Help Patients Manage Withdrawal Symptoms
According to some Reiki practitioners, the treatment will help those experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to the detoxification process. People will relieve the physical pain caused by withdrawal symptoms using this therapy strategy because it is relaxing. Most patients suffering from addiction have trust issues and are wary about treatment, especially alternative medicine, during the early stages of recovery.
On the other hand, Reiki therapy can help a person be calm when having a temper due to withdrawal. This form of treatment can make a person feel relaxed, secure, and at ease. Individuals are more inclined to let go of the terror and trauma they felt during detoxification if their body and mind have reached a point of safety and peace.
YOGA / MEDITATION
Mindfulness plays a pivotal role in this journey by: Mitigating Cravings: Recognizing cravings as temporary and observing them without judgment can prevent a relapse. Enhancing Coping Skills: Instead of seeking escape in substance abuse, one learns to stay present, process feelings, and deal with them head-on.
By embracing these three components of mindfulness in recovery—present-moment awareness, acceptance and non-judgment, and intentional action—individuals can cultivate a deeper connection with themselves, navigate challenges with resilience, and make conscious choices that support ongoing sobriety and well-being.
Here are five ways mindfulness and yoga help the road to recovery:
1. Reduce stress and anxiety
Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can often trigger substance use. By creating a capacity to observe and be aware of stressful and difficult situations, there is less need to immediately react. With mindfulness, you are better able to notice your emotions and make room for them, which decreases the pressure that you put on yourself.
2. Improve attention and awareness
Mindful attention can help people in recovery to understand better their patterns of behavior, including triggers for relapse and substance use. Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practice focus on self-reflection. Mindfulness and yoga training emphasize awareness without a need for reaction. In other words, you get used to noticing uncomfortable feelings without needing to react or escape them.
3. Reduce cravings
Cravings are strong predictors of relapse. Over time, mindfulness training have been found to reduce cravings, even when people experience negative or difficult feelings. One brain imaging study found that smokers who were trained to pay attention to smoking images in a mindful manner showed less craving on brain activity compared to those who didn’t have this training.
4. Improve mood
Negative moods and the resulting desire to avoid these feelings can play a significant role in relapse. Different forms of yoga, including regular breathing exercises, have been shown to improve mood in people going through addiction recovery.
One study found that a specialized set of breathing exercises called Sudarshana Kriya Yoga (SKY) helped people who had completed one week of detox for alcohol dependence.
SKY uses three types of seated breathing skills led by a teacher: victorious breath (a slow deep breathing), bellows breath (a forced inhalation and exhalation) for 12 to 15 minutes, and cyclical breathing of slow, medium and fast cycles for 30 minutes. These exercises were followed by 20 minutes of yoga nidra, a deep relaxation state. Researchers found that people who practiced breathing exercises had significantly less depressive symptoms and lower stress hormones after only two weeks of breathing practice every other day.
An Indian study of men in prison diagnosed with substance abuse found that 6 weeks of intensive Sudarshana Kriya Yoga breathing for 25 minutes daily showed overall improved general function, reduced anxiety levels, and more positive well-being compared to a group that just focused on their natural breath for the same amount of time.
5. Encourage a non-judgmental attitude
Perhaps most importantly mindfulness encourages a nonjudgmental, kind attitude toward oneself and others — a stance that helps promote healing and recovery. Mindfulness practice like yoga and meditation help you learn to accept who you are without undue self-criticism or blame. This ability to be generous and compassionate towards yourself allows you to live in the present moment without being burdened by past patterns or concerned about the perceptions and expectations of others.