Today, more holistic approaches to healing are being taken to aid in addiction recovery. Treatment centers around the country have begun using “alternative” treatment methods alongside medical therapies to give patients a better chance at long term recovery.
Crystal healing is one of the techniques that is being used more often. While typically associated with eastern medicine, it can be equally as helpful as western medicine because of its more holistic approach to healing. Crystals are said to help humans become more spiritually connected with themselves, which in turn has more lasting effects on the recovery process. The holistic unification of a person is reached when they can connect their physical, mental, and spiritual centers.
What Are Crystals & How Do They Aid in Recovery?
Crystals are objects that are formed from natural minerals. They have a lattice structure with repeated atoms that are perfectly laid out throughout the entire structure. The healing powers of crystals are explained through their “vibrations.”
For example, quartz is one of the most important and popularly used crystals for healing, because it can produce electricity. By rubbing two pieces of quartz together in a dark space, sparks of light become visible from the produced electricity. Manipulating these vibrations—or electrical capabilities—is possible by using piezoelectric, a mechanical energy discharge method. This technology is used in various cigarette lighters and buttons on gas grills.
The theory of crystals helping in addiction recovery comes from the belief that addiction is a spiritual affliction. It throws off the balance of your mind, body, and spirit, which crystals can help restore.
The Effect of Crystals on the Body
Crystal healing takes place through the conduction of energy that occurs within the human body. The crystals manipulate the energy to help maintain balance and re-energize the spirit within. Different crystals are used for different addictions depending on what ailments need to be treated.
Today, marijuana has become legalized in several states and countries. This has caused a dramatic increase in cannabis dependency. Trying to stop can be difficult, as withdrawal symptoms include:
- Lack of focus
- No appetite
- Mood swings
Often, carnelian is used to treat this specific addiction. It is a vibrant orange variety of quartz. By giving its users energy, it fights against the low mood and lack of energy consequences of marijuana addiction.
Carnelian can be used with azurite, a vibrant, deep blue crystal. Azurite helps to stimulate the mind, opening it to new perspectives and rational thinking. It does this by clearing the mind alleviating feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress. It is recommended to be used before bed.
According to some studies, over 86% of people over the age of 18 use alcohol at some point in their lives. Many of these individuals develop an addiction and binge drink often. Fewer seek help for the addiction due to the stigma surrounding it.
Crystals can be used to help alcoholism by decreasing cravings and triggers. Amethyst is a purple crystal that can be used. The Greek word for the crystal literally translates to “not drunk.” This is because it clears the mind to help calm the person who uses it. Amethyst is also associated with divine wisdom, making rational decisions, and alleviating cravings.
Celestite, a sky-blue crystal, gets its name from the Latin word “caelestis” meaning celestial. The crystal gives the user an intense, calming feeling that helps manage cravings and stress associated with addiction. It can also promote healing and communication, both vital elements of recovery.
Cocaine addicts often have cravings for the euphoria and quickness that cocaine gives them. These individuals often have trouble coping with the monotonous routine of everyday life in recovery, craving the rush that cocaine gives them.
Crystals such as selenite and aventurine help this. Selenite is a crystallized form of gypsum that promotes calmness and honesty. Feeling calm can help addicts cope better with their endless thoughts, anxiety, and cravings. Selenite also helps cleanse your body of negative energies. It can promote harmony within you as well as with those who are close to you.
Aventurine is a “fairy stone,” named after its appearance. This crystal is said to attract new success opportunities by providing its user the motivation and energy to break unhealthy habits. It also gives the user the motivation to develop new routines that do not involve drug use. This can be critical for those in recovery from cocaine addiction who find it difficult to adjust to the slowness of everyday life.
How to Use Crystals for Healing
There are several ways to utilize crystals for overall healing:
This is the most common and simple way to use crystals. People typically wear the crystals on their bodies as jewelry or carry the crystals with them. Wearing a crystal gives you benefits wherever you go, as you are constantly surrounded by the coping mechanisms it can offer. It also can help you constantly rid yourself of negative energies.
Have Them Near You
Decorating your house or office with crystals can also give you benefits. Place them on desks, bookshelves, mantles, or tables to reap their benefits. Many people have one specific place for their crystals, but you can also spread them evenly throughout your space.
Infusing Your Water
Infusing your drinking water provides you with a portable way to use crystals that heals you from the inside, out. Known as “crystal elixirs,” you receive the benefits through ingestion.
While meditating, holding, wearing, or just having the crystal near you can serve as a vessel for bad energies to leave your body. This clears your mind as you practice mindfulness through meditation to be more aware of your surroundings. It is recommended to cleanse them of the negative energies that they may attract between uses.
Holistic therapies are becoming ever more popular in today’s world of modern addiction treatments. Crystal healing is no exception, with its growing popularity spreading across the world. When used alongside other forms of therapy, recovering addicts are able to treat their whole body, opening themselves up for more opportunities and treatment. To learn more about holistic therapy options, call NorthStar Transitions today at (303) 558-6400.