Break Addiction Cycle: Chakras for Recovery

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Chakra To Stop Addiction

Working with chakras can assist you in overcoming addictions in a variety of ways. Aligning and balancing the chakras allows for a more harmonious flow of energy throughout the body. 

This can assist in breaking up any energy blockages that may be causing addictive behaviors. You may notice that you appear trapped in a negative loop or pattern in which you engage in unhealthy actions and behaviors. 

You can help to release any trapped emotions or traumas by working to balance your chakras. These trapped energies may be the source of negative repetitive actions or addictive behaviors. 

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Releasing these emotions can aid in the reduction or elimination of addictive behaviors. Holding on to pain can lead to self-destructive behaviors as a way of numbing our emotional pain. 

In this article, you find the root of common addictions, the chakra they’re associated with, and the best chakra to work with when trying to overcome any addiction. 

Key points

  • Addictions can be dealt with on an energetic level.
  • Imbalance within the charka system can manifest itself in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual addictions. 
  • The crown chakra is the best chakra to work with when overcoming addiction of any kind. 

The Chakras and addictions

Crown Chakra 

  • Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
  • Location: Top of Head
  • Color: White or Violet
Crown Chakra
Crown Chakra

A balanced crown chakra connects you to the world around you and gives you a sense of peace and security. You may feel disconnected from others and crave substances to help you escape reality when this chakra is out of balance. 

As you try to fill the void inside, this can lead to substance abuse and addiction. However, addiction does not only refer to illegal drugs or alcohol, addiction can be linked with overdosing on spirituality and religion. Too much spirituality in your life lets you lose your sense of connection with the outer world and can leave you feeling isolated.

Working with informative chakra meditation or chakra breathing, such as those focusing on the crown chakra, can help to restore emotional balance and create a more informative state of being.  This will ultimately bring harmony between your inner and outer world and provide an opportunity for healing.  

Third eye Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Ajna
  • Location: Brow
  • Color: Indigo
Third Eye chakra
Third Eye Chakra

An imbalanced third eye chakra can cause disjointed thoughts of conspiracy theories and feelings of general paranoia. When your third eye chakra is out of balance, you may engage in various addictive behaviors. 

Being regularly drawn to dark or negative thoughts could indicate that your third eye chakra is out of balance. 

The Anja chakra is linked to confidence, focus, and addiction. When balanced, it creates healthy connections with others and enhances our understanding of ourselves. However, when imbalanced we may turn to harmful addictions like drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. 

Read more about the third eye chakra symbol & its spiritual meaning.

Throat Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha
  • Location: Throat
  • Color: Sky Blue
The fifth chakra Vishuddha
Throat Chakra

The throat chakra governs communication and self-expression. You can become addicted to gossip when it is out of balance. 

You may talk more than you listen or avoid speaking your truth entirely. A gossip addiction can damage our relationships and prevent us from truly connecting with others. It can also cause feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Many people think of Vishuddha also as a chakra for creativity and self-expression. It is also associated with addictions such as those to marijuana, opiates, food, and tobacco. 

Read this when you think you’ve got an overactive throat chakra.

Heart Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Anahata
  • Location: Heart
  • Color: Green or Pink
Heart Chakra
Heart Chakra

If you require constant validation from others, it’s time to examine your heart chakra. When your heart chakra is blocked or out of balance, it can lead to love addiction (see also chakras and relationships). This can manifest as a constant need for attention and approval from others and a fear of abandonment. 

Anahata is linked to addiction for:

  • nicotine 
  • sugar  
  • love 
  • ecstasy   
  • smoking    
  • sugary foods and drinks  
  • wine and other alcoholic beverages with high sugar content 
  • opiates (all forms, including heroin and painkillers) and benzos

Solar plexus Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Manipura
  • Location: Naval
  • Color: Yellow
Solar Plexus chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra governs your sense of personal power and is associated with the abdomen. When out of balance, you may become addicted to putting yourself down or struggle to believe in your worth. 

You may also become trapped in negative self-talk loops, endlessly repeating negative thoughts about yourself. 

Speed, meth, cocaine, caffeine, work, anger, carbonated drinks, alcohol made from corn, beer, corn-based processed sugars, and some other foods are all linked to Manipura.

Sacral Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Swadhisthana
  • Location: Lower Abdomen
  • Color: Orange
Sacral Chakra
Sacral Chakra

If you constantly look for new relationships or sexual encounters (sexuality disorder) this could be a sign that your sacral chakra is out of balance. When your sacral chakra is out of balance, it can lead to an unhealthy addiction to intimacy. 

This can manifest as an obsession with physical touch or needing constant validation and attention from others. 

It has been linked to addictions such as pain relievers, porn, gluten, wheat, and starchy carbohydrates, as well as chocolate. 

Root Chakra

  • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
  • Location: Base of Spine
  • Color: Red
Root chakra symbol
Root Chakra

When your root chakra is out of balance, it can lead to an addiction to fear. This means you become addicted to the sensation of fear and begin to crave it. 

You might become a thrill seeker or start avoiding situations that make you nervous. This can create a chain reaction of negative behaviors that can be difficult to break. 

Addictions to numerous vices, such as money, security, food, and gambling may be linked. 

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Crown chakra: essential for addiction recovery

The crown chakra is at the top of the head and is in charge of your spiritual connection. When this chakra is balanced, you feel connected to something greater than yourself and can let go of your addictive behaviors. 

The crown chakra is thought to be the link between you and the Divine. You feel whole and complete when this connection is balanced and strong. 

The crown chakra‘s strength fills you from within, and you will no longer require any addictions. If the crown chakra is out of balance or weak, you may feel disconnected from your true self and resort to addictive behaviors to fill the void. 

It is critical to strengthen your crown chakra if you are struggling with addiction. Meditation, yoga, and other practices that help you connect with your higher self can help you achieve this. 

Through meditation, you can balance the crown chakra by visualizing a bright purple light in that area connected to the top of your head. Imagine the light expanding and filling your entire head with pure purple light as you focus on it. Try colored chakra candles as well.

Chakra Meditation

Allow this energy to flow through you, cleansing and balancing your crown chakra, and allow yourself to feel the peace and bliss it brings. This visualization will help you connect more deeply with your higher self, the universe, and the divine messages it sends you. 

The alignment of self, crown chakra, and the universe will reveal peace, prosperity, and many blessings waiting for you. 

Wearing purple crystals such as amethyst can also help to balance the crown chakra. Purple crystals, such as amethyst, are excellent for breaking the cycle of substance abuse or negative thoughts. 

Purple Crystal, Amethyst Chrystal Pendulum
Amethyst Chrystal Pendulum

Because purple has powerful healing properties, you should try incorporating it into many other aspects of your life. Amethyst is a strong stone that can shield you from negative influences and addictions. It can also soothe and calm the mind, body, and spirit. You can also try herbs to balance your crown chakra.

When your crown chakra is balanced, you can expect more positive thoughts and happiness in your life. The crown chakra is linked to spirituality, enlightenment, and connection to the Divine. 

When this chakra is balanced, you may feel more connected to your higher self, more intuitive, and more inspired. You may also notice that you are happier and more optimistic. 

Balancing your crown chakra can be a beneficial step toward recovery if you suffer from addiction. When your crown chakra is strong, you will have a sense of wholeness and completion, which will help you overcome all of life’s struggles. 

You can overcome any addiction or negative behavior by taking the time to connect with your spiritual nature. You can transmute any lower vibrational habits that no longer serve you when you work to align your energy with your highest potential. 

spiritual nature stop addication chakra
Spend time in nature

Clearing and balancing your crown chakra, you open yourself up to higher guidance and a stronger connection to the Divine. This enables you to let go of what no longer serves you and allows new, healthier patterns to emerge.

Chakra to Stop Addiction: Types

According to, the top 5 most common addictions in the US in 2020 are:

  1. Alcohol disorder: 10.2% (or 28.3 million)
  2. Nicotine addiction: 8.5% (or 23.6 million)
  3. Marijuana disorder: 5.1% (or 14.2 million)
  4. Opioids addiction: 1.1% (or 2.7 million)
  5. Inhalants: 0.9% (or 2.4 million) (inhalants are drugs that come in the form of gasses or liquids that can be breathed in to produce a psychoactive effect.)


When it comes to alcohol addiction, the first, second, and third chakras are the most relevant. The first chakra (Muladhara) is connected to physical safety, security and stability; it requires grounding and feeling secure in one’s body.

chakra alcohol

The second chakra (Svadhisthana) is related to pleasure and creativity, so alcohol may be used as an attempt to fill a void or experience pleasure. And the third chakra (Manipura) influences power and self-esteem, so feeling powerless or low in confidence can lead to drinking too much. 

Therefore, by strengthening these three chakras and balancing the others, you can develop a strong sense of connection to your true self, enabling you to resist any temptation or addiction. 


For Nicotine our recommendations are the same as that of alcohol, but with a heavy emphasis on Svadhisthana and Manipura. Nicotine stimulates pleasure centers in the brain, so we suggest focusing on restoring balance to your second chakra by exploring other methods of self-expression such as music, art, or dance. 

stop nicotine addiction chakra

Additionally, focus on strengthening your connection to your true power and self-esteem by opening and balancing your third chakra. This can be done through meditation, affirmations or journaling. 


Drug addiction is the most challenging to overcome, as it involves all the chakras and often requires professional help. We suggest focusing on strengthening Muladhara first, as it governs physical safety and stability. This can be done through grounding practices such as walking barefoot on the ground or meditating with crystals. You might want to try as well a combination with parts of Reiki.

stop drugs addiction chakra

Second, open Svadhisthana by exploring other activities that give you pleasure and joy, such as art, music, or dance. And lastly, focus on Manipura to increase your self-esteem and connection to your power. This can be done through affirmations, mantras, or positive visualizations. 

In conclusion, understanding and balancing the chakras is a great way to overcome any kind of addiction. By focusing on strengthening each chakra in its own unique way, you can become more informative about yourself and start making healthier decisions. With determination and dedication, you can break free from addiction and live a happier, more meaningful life.   

This article is intended to be informative only and should not replace the advice of your doctor or other health care professional. Please visit a qualified healthcare provider if you are experiencing any physical or psychological symptoms.

Check out this video for more information on the chakras and addiction.


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Author: Richard Alois
Richard, a London-based spiritual explorer and daytime marketer, invites fellow seekers to join him on a journey of discovery through his website, With engaging articles and thought-provoking discussions, Richard's inclusive approach transcends borders, uniting people in the quest for wisdom, inner peace, and self-understanding.

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