At Alo House Recovery Centers, we don’t believe the road to addiction involves a quick fix or simple solution. Addiction is a complex disease that stems from many causes and there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment.
What works for one client may be ineffective for another, and because of this, it is essential that our healing model be flexible and adaptive.
In order to provide the most effective treatment, our therapists embrace holistic healing — the union of the mind, body, spirit, and emotions — to create the balance necessary for healthy living.
As we work toward recovery, we strive for spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellness in all of our clients, knowing if one of these areas is misaligned, the others are also affected.
In our quest to achieve holistic harmony, our therapists may choose to integrate alternative healing alongside evidence-based treatment methods, creating a model known as “complementary medicine.”
While we don’t believe that alternative medicine is the answer to healing addiction, we have found that it can be widely effective in combination with traditional methods, especially when practicing a holistic model for recovery.
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Crystal therapy — an alternative medical practice in which crystals and other stones are used as healing agents — has been practiced for thousands of years and recently experienced a resurgence.
While many integrate crystals into their wellness practices, the philosophy that stones have healing powers is controversial and there are no scientific studies that prove its efficacy.
Those who practice crystal therapy consider it a holistic treatment and have reported:
- Relief from stress
- Sense of well being
- Feeling of connectivity
- Other positive effects
Some studies have shown that these results are due to a placebo effect — an effect that results from a treatment, but may not be directly related to the treatment itself.
Whatever the cause of these reported benefits, the practice of crystal therapy may assist in achieving the alignment necessary to holistically heal.
Crystal Therapy and Recovery
Maintaining a state of sobriety requires determination, presence, and positivity. Because the practice of crystal therapy establishes routine, improves concentration, and promotes relaxation, it has many benefits for those in recovery.
Whether the positive effects are due to the crystals at work or the intention of the person practicing, the ritual itself is a healing agent for those working to establish a healthy lifestyle after a period of disruption.
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Start Your Own Ritual
Integrating crystal therapy into your wellness practice doesn’t need to be complicated or feel contrived. It can be as simple as returning to the stone daily and reminding yourself of your intention.
To get started, select a stone that resonates with you, state your intention, and create a new daily ritual in which you meditate on what the stone represents in your life.
Selecting a Stone
While some crystal therapy practitioners select their crystals based on which ones they personally connect with, each type of stone is believed to harness specific attributes and benefits.
Consider the following crystals to aid in your addiction recovery:
Crystal Quartz: The most well-known crystal, known for holistic healing and purification. Boosts emotional energy and motivation.
Tiger’s Eye: An excellent companion to the crystal quartz. Promotes balance and healing. Releases fears and anxieties. Promotes self worth.
Rose Quartz: The “love” stone. Improves self-love, happiness, and aids in healing past relationship-based traumas.
Amethyst: The problem solver. Boosts intellect and mental clarity. Promotes sobriety, logic, and inner strength.
Citrine: Great for spiritual rejuvenation, self-improvement, and healing. Provides the energy needed to start fresh and practice positivity.
Because there is no single path to addiction recovery, it’s important to integrate complementary techniques to aid in the healing process. We’ve found that crystal therapy has helped many people make a healthy connection in their recovery and achieve a better overall sense of well being.
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