Here we discuss the final chakras and how they can negatively interfere with your recovery when they are overactivated. There are many ways to heal the chakras through yoga, meditation, reiki, alternative healing, and even food therapy.
Overactive Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest at the sternum, right above the heart. Represented as green in color, the heart chakra embodies everything about your ability to give love, receive love, and be loving. Love is a wonderful part of life and in recovery. Many addicts and alcoholics have experienced pain- pain of loss, pain of trauma, pain of abuse. Pain can make it difficult to love. Love for many is equated with vulnerability. Vulnerability for many is equated with weakness or danger. To be loving does not have to mean being weak. Vulnerability is a form of strength. Love can be a gift, as well as a tool for manipulation. An overactive heart chakra can mean using love in the wrong ways to get what you want. Manipulation is a character liability which puts you at risk for toxic relationships. Recovery involves building healthy relationships which serve all who are involved.
Overactive Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat and throughout the esophagus. Represented as light blue in color, the throat chakra represents your voice and communication. Developing a voice in recovery is essential to developing a relationship to the self and to others. Your voice can be a tool for change and for healing. With an overactive throat chakra, your voice can become a tool for hurt and harm. Words carry abundant energy and meaning. An overactive throat chakra can result in using your words aggressively, selfishly, and manipulatively. When the throat chakra is overactive, it means you’re doing more speaking than listening. Developing healthy communication skills in recovery is important for healing as well as interacting with life. Communication is a two way street. Everyone has a need to be heard, acknowledged, and understood.
Overactive Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located just above the center of the brows. Represented as indigo in color, the third eye chakra is your source of imagination, creativity, clarity, and the ability to see beyond immediate circumstances. Addiction and alcoholism are disorders of instant gratification. The way dopamine, a happiness hormone, is overproduced in the brain changes brain chemistry to lean more toward feeling any kind of pleasure as much as possible as soon as possible. Delayed gratification and accepting the need to wait is a challenge, but a necessary skill most addicts and alcoholics in recovery must develop. The ability to be present is an ability to be accepting of circumstances as they are. There are many ways to detach from the present in order to avoid accepting it. An overactive third eye chakra will result in daydreaming, fantasizing, and living in the future. Often, this is a coping mechanism to avoid confronting the present as it is. For addicts and alcoholics in recovery, this can be detrimental. Daydreaming about drug and alcohol use, called euphoric recall, can trigger the brain to create disturbing signals of craving. Living in euphoric recall can lead to relapse.
Overactive Crown Chakra
The crown chakra sits at the top of the head. Represented as purple, or sometimes white, in color, the crown chakra is the apex of your spirituality. Recovery is a spiritual experience. Addiction and alcoholism, in addition to dual diagnosis mental health issues, affect the mind, the body, and the spirit. Your crown chakra is the connection to spirituality and your open-mindedness to mystical ideas and philosophies. Open-mindedness about spirituality is an essential for making the most out of treatment and recovery. There is science behind the mechanism of faith and spirituality, which can reduce stress, increase wellbeing, and create a sense of connectivity which is counterproductive to the tendency toward isolation in addiction.
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