What's Reiki and How Can It Help With Recovery?

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More than ever, people are turning to holistic practices to replace or enhance traditional western medicine and therapeutic approaches. At Lake Ave Recovery, reiki is offered alongside several of our holistic, mindfulness, and experiential services, including fitness training, yoga, meditation, and tai chi, to provide a well-rounded approach to recovery. In combination with our evidence-based treatment programs, holistic practices like reiki can help provide balance and clarity in a crucial time while individuals are on the path to long-term recovery.

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a healing technique in which a trained therapist uses energy therapy to transfer energy through touch. Though not well understood by many, reiki has been used for centuries. “Universal Energy” is believed to assist the body’s natural healing process to promote stress reduction and relaxation, which are essential during early recovery.

At Lake Ave Recovery, reiki is utilized as a complement to therapy, medications, and standard treatment methods. It has been shown to help to aid in early recovery by lessening the symptoms of pain and discomfort associated with detox and withdrawal. Through spiritual healing and self-improvement, reiki encourages emotional balance by helping to deal with anger, trauma, resentments, and other negative emotions that are common triggers that can lead those in recovery to relapse.

How is Reiki Beneficial in Recovery?

While the benefits of reiki therapy for addiction are difficult to quantify using established scientific criteria, individuals ready to embrace it frequently laud their experience.

Reiki therapy is believed to help with chronic pain, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and neurodegenerative illnesses, among other health complications.

Some people will employ reiki in rehab because of its extensive healing abilities. Reiki is believed to help with addiction because addiction is a disease that frequently leads to a range of other secondary disorders. The benefits of reiki for individuals getting sober may include:

Reduced Pain and Discomfort

Symptoms of pain and discomfort experienced during detox and withdrawal are frequent causes of relapse. Research indicates that reiki has been shown to alleviate feelings of pain by assisting the body to relax and the mind to redirect focus away from pain.

Increased Mood and Decreased Anxiety

When utilized in conjunction with traditional therapy during addiction treatment, many have reported that reiki increased positive moods and decreased feelings of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. For decades, even outside of rehabilitation, reiki has been used to lessen feelings of anxiety and stress.

Enhanced Vitals

It is no surprise that abuse of drugs or alcohol can take a toll on a person’s physical health. People who have misused substances for a significant period of time often present with cardiovascular and pulmonary issues. Reiki has shown to be beneficial in improving heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing when performed alongside a lifestyle change.

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At Lake Ave Recovery, we offer various holistic and mindfulness services to coincide with our evidence-based treatment programs because we believe in a complete, whole-body approach to addiction treatment. We understand the importance of well-rounded care that includes a wide range of therapeutic and holistic services to heal on multiple levels and find what works best for clients when they return to their regular lives.

Addiction is a multifaceted disease that often coincides with other mental health or medical issues. At Lake Ave Recovery, we guide individuals down a comprehensive addiction recovery path that includes a Day Treatment Program/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Evening Treatment Program, and a flexible Outpatient Program.

Our skilled medical and clinical staff use a comprehensive assessment to determine which level of treatment would be most suitable to ensure your loved one gets the help they deserve.

To learn more about our transformative treatment programs, call 508-794-4400.

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