According to ancient Indian beliefs, there are seven chakras, or energy sources, in the human body, each of which holds a specific spiritual power. People who suffer from depression, discontent, rage or anxiety are believed to have unbalanced chakras. When the chakras are unbalanced or blocked, it can lead to illness, disease or emotional unrest, and in order to balance the chakras, the body may reach out for a “fix,” i.e. addiction and negative behavior patterns. In Sanskrit, chakra means “wheel,” and chakra healing occurs when all of the seven chakras are perfectly aligned, so that energy can flow freely in the body. Only then, are we are finally in a state of peace and wholeness, and able to fulfill our potential. In order to keep energy in the body flowing freely, it’s important to understand what chakras are and what each one represents. The following are the seven main chakra systems, their locations, and the aspects of our existence each chakra rules over:

1. Root Chakra (Smell) – Located at the base of the spine; Represents our foundation and the feeling of being grounded.

2. Sacral Chakra (Taste) – Located in the lower abdomen; Represents our connection and the ability to accept others and new experiences.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Sight) – Located in the upper abdomen; Represents our ability to feel confident and in control of our lives.

4. Heart Chakra (Touch) – Located in the center of the chest, just above the heart; Represents our ability to love.

5. Throat Chakra (Hearing) – Located in the throat; Represents our ability to communicate with others.

6. Third Eye Chakra (Light and Vision) – Located in the forehead, between the eyes; Represents our ability to focus and see the larger picture.

7. Crown Chakra (Consciousness) – Located at the very top of the head; Represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

Chakra Healing and Substance Abuse Treatment

During chakra healing, the energy centers of the body are aligned and toxins that have built up in the energy patterns are removed, which can help resolve any addiction or negative behavioral health patterns. Along with chakra healing, yoga and meditation are recovery strategies that can be used following substance abuse treatment, in order to improve your focus and self-awareness, rediscover your spiritual side, and control your cravings to use, all important aspects of the recovery process. While chakra healing is implemented in many religions, including Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism, the act of aligning your chakra centers does not have to be religious. Rather, it’s a spiritual practice that can be beneficial to those who wish to keep their sobriety in check after rehabilitation, but who do not necessarily subscribe to the idea of praying to a higher being.

Chakras are connected to massive nerve centers in the body and each one is associated with a specific addiction or negative behavior pattern. The Root Chakra, for example, is associated with heroin, cocaine and alcohol, while the Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with cannabis and cocaine, and the Heart Chakra is associated with ecstasy. Chakra healing can help balance any underactive or overactive chakra centers, for physical, emotional and spiritual health, thereby healing the body on all levels – body, mind and spirit. It is only when the chakras have become unblocked and the energy is flowing freely through the body that an addicted individual is able to resist using, which will only temporarily release the uncomfortable feeling of the blocked chakra. Chakra healing seeks to release blocked energies in the chakras, in order to remedy the addiction for good.