Reiki for Addiction Treatment

What Is Reiki?

Reiki for addiction is a Japanese spiritual practice. Also, it is used as a type of alternative medicine by people around the world. Reiki benefits people by promoting relaxation and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms. A Reiki treatment usually involves palm healing where the therapist transfers energy through their palms to help their clients. 

Based on the understanding that there is a life force called Ki (Chi or Qi in Chinese medicine), Reiki believes that if there are any problems with the flow of Ki in your body, it causes physical or mental symptoms. This is what is experienced as illness. Reiki’s goal is to strengthen the Ki and encourage it to flow more smoothly. 

Some people believe that this “balancing of the chakras” from Reiki doesn’t have much benefit. But Reiki can be an interesting way to practice mindfulness and relaxation. These are the ways that Reiki advocates say the practice can help you heal:

  • Releases stress
  • Promotes relaxation (one of the biggest benefits)
  • Eases anxiety and depression
  • Promotes a physical and mental balance that can change your mood. It can also help with guilt or sad feelings.
  • Relieves pain–It has been shown to help people suffering from a variety of painful conditions.
  • Reduce pain and inflammation, cravings, and difficult emotions
  • Speeds recovery

Symptoms That Reiki Helps Relieve

Reiki can help treat chemical withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawing from a chemical dependency is an extremely stressful time, physically and emotionally.

 Some common chemical dependency withdrawal symptoms are:

  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • aching bones 
  • vomiting
  • shaking
  • diarrhea 
  • Cravings sleep disturbances,
  • appetite loss
  • extreme moodiness

Rev. Lynette Burkert, who participated in over 1,500 Reiki sessions with addicts and alcoholics quickly found that Reiki was helpful in relieving physical symptoms while also calming the body and mind.

Forms of Relief Provided by Reiki

Burkert found that rehab clients, who usually suffered from shame and anger issues were starting to behave more gently, openly, and compassionately after experiencing Reiki. It has also been reported that patients who receive Reiki appeared to become calmer and were less likely to have destructive emotional flare-ups. The more Reiki they experienced, the more centered they became.

Once patients become comfortable with Reiki, they frequently pursue it to help with their physical pain. Individuals in recovery who come to a session with a headache, backache, or shoulder pain would get relief from their pain just like people who have purely physical distress.

A lot of the pain that drug addicts and alcoholics suffer from is emotionally caused. Once the mind is relaxed and the body calmed, the pain recedes. Emotional healing is aided in another way too. Occasionally, when hands are placed on the different Reiki positions, the individual in emotional pain will remember past traumas. Due to the calming effect of Reiki, the person remembers the traumatic incident without experiencing the original pain.

This allows the patient to become an observer of the trauma instead of a participant. This way, the patient can see more clearly how past behaviors and unresolved issues can lead to relapse. This helps a person address issues without being blocked by fear.

Many individuals in rehab have been through it before. Their ability to stay clean and sober was prevented partly by their continuing to carry unresolved issues and repressed feelings with them. They are often looking for some way to tap into whatever it was that kept them in a state of denial. 

The Reiki process is a valuable tool to help break through the walls that kept them from understanding themselves. Sometimes, it can help people release chronic physical pain that was associated with the original trauma.

Benefits of Reiki Therapy

There are many potential benefits of Reiki including:

  • Reiki encourages the body to heal itself faster. It’s possible that it gives your immune system a boost so that it is able to fight off illness better.
  • It is believed that Reiki helps people sleep better at night. Insomnia can cause different types of mental and physical illness so fighting insomnia is an important benefit.
  • People undergoing Reiki will feel deep states of relaxation. This is immensely helpful because it lets the body rid itself of tension. Stress contributes to many types of illness including substance use.
  • People dealing with chronic pain might discover that Reiki helps to relieve their symptoms. 
  • Reiki encourages the body to eliminate toxins.
  • It may help people mentally by increasing their memory and creativity.
  • Reiki may help improve self-esteem.
  • In Eastern medicine, it is thought that most illness is caused by blockages in the body to the flow of Ki (Chi/Qi). It is believed that Reiki helps remove the blockages.
  • Reiki treatment is believed to slow the aging process.
  • After a session of Reiki, people usually claim to feel full of energy.
  • Because of its ability to cleanse the body, this technique can be valuable to people who are on a spiritual path.

Reiki For Addiction Recovery

For people recovering from addiction, Reiki may be especially helpful. Benefits include:

  • Reiki can make addiction withdrawal symptoms more tolerable.
  • The early period of recovery can be very emotionally unsteady. There can also be a lot of stress adjusting to life without drugs or alcohol. The relaxation benefits of Reiki can help people deal with this better and reduce the temptation to relapse.
  • People who have been involved in substance abuse for a long time will usually have a lot of mental and physical damage. Reiki can help repair some of the damage and get the person back to healthy living.
  • Anger and resentment are typical for people in early recovery. These emotions can be dangerous because they can lead back to addiction. Reiki helps release some of these negative emotions.
  • Healing with Reiki can help people feel more comfortable with themselves. This is helpful for people who are dealing with issues of self-esteem.

When Did Reiki Healing Begin?

In the early 1900s, Mikao Usui developed the current form of Reiki. However, Reiki has been practiced for about 2,500 years. The name, Reiki, comes from the Japanese words rei, which means “universal,” and ki, which refers to the “vital life force energy” that flows through all living things. Reiki is now used all over the world, including hospitals and hospices as a complement to other forms of health treatments.

Studies have shown that Reiki treatment might create feelings of:

  • Relaxation
  • Peace
  • Security
  • Wellness

Does Reiki Replace Traditional Treatments?

No. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for the consultation of a physician or a psychotherapist. “Reiki complements other types of medical and therapeutic treatments, and it can increase the efficacy of other types of healing,”  Reiki Master Victoria Bodner, LMT, says. Still, people living with certain health conditions may be interested in trying Reiki alongside their regular treatment.

For instance, some people with cancer may find Reiki beneficial because it helps them relax. The gentle nature of Reiki therapy may have a soothing effect on patients who find that they become overwhelmed with invasive therapy, fear, and stress. People report different experiences. Some say that the practitioner’s hands are cooling while others report that their hands become hot, and some people feel pulsating waves. Most commonly, people report the release of stress and deep relaxation.

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki practitioners act as a channel between you and the source of the universal life force energy. The energy flows through their hands to you. The patient actually determines the energy flow from the practitioner’s hands by taking only what they need. This way, the patient knows that the practitioner is providing the patient with what they need, rather than not what the practitioner thinks they need. This creates the perfect balance to meet the patient’s needs.

For men and women in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, Reiki healing is particularly helpful. Addiction tears apart the mind/body relationship and disconnects a person from themself. 

Being in heightened states from stimulant substances or in depressed states from depressant substances alters the energy flow of the body. Releasing old energy helps people in addiction treatment release emotions they’ve held onto for a while. Reiki directly supports the therapeutic process for healing the mind, body, and spirit.

What Is A Session Like?

Sessions can last 45 to 90 minutes. The number of reiki for addiction sessions will depend on what the client wants to accomplish. Some people only want one session while others will want a series of sessions to work on a certain issue.

Reiki treatments are typically given in a peaceful, private setting, they can take place anywhere.  During the session, the client will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner will lightly place their hands palms down, on or just above the client’s body in specific energy locations.

Practitioners use a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. They will usually keep their hands in these positions for 3 to 10 minutes. The length of time their hands are left in each position is decided by the flow of energy through their hands at each location. Reiki is different from other touch therapies because there is no pressure, massage, or manipulation involved.

What Does Reiki Feel Like?  

During a Reiki for addiction session, you may experience the energy in sensations like:

  • heat
  • tingling or pulsing where the practitioner’s hands are
  • sensations moving throughout the body
  • no change at all

Most people feel very peaceful and relaxed during Reiki for addiction treatment and may even fall asleep during the session.

Alternative Therapy at Harmony Place

At Harmony Place in Los Angeles, we can offer you many types of alternative healing to help you manage your recovery. An essential part of addiction treatment is learning to deal with the emotions and the stress of living a new, healthier lifestyle.

From a supervised detoxification, to sober, transitional living, we are prepared to provide you with the tools to help you succeed. Our staff is made up of experienced medical professionals, addiction therapy specialists, and caring people who have been in your position. 

No one has time to lose to addiction, whether it is you or someone you care about. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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