Reiki is a true gift but for me, helping those with addiction to find peace and space is the most rewarding of all.
Anyone who has ever experienced addiction closely, whether it be a loved one struggling to maintain sobriety, or ultimately lost their life to addiction, then I cannot emphasise the power of Reiki enough. Having witnessed addiction closely, I only wish I had then the knowledge I have now to share with the loved one who was taken from this world ahead of their time.
Anyone struggling, please take the time to read my section for addiction and follow the links provided for useful information.
Don't be afraid to reach out, meditation literally saves lives.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are complex conditions that plague millions of people. Recovering from them requires a comprehensive treatment plan. For many recovering addicts and alcoholics, that plan typically includes talk therapy, support groups, and, if warranted, medication. However, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices, particularly meditation, can provide a vital source of additional support during recovery.
Often used to enhance spiritual connection and enlightenment, Reiki essentially involves quieting the mind, releasing all thought and 'just being'.
Relation to Rehab
Many alcohol and drug addiction programmes have included complimentary therapies in their overall treatment plan. It’s not used in place of other therapies. Instead, it provides powerful additional support for addicts in recovery.
Reiki leads to a natural meditative state and its effects rewires critical pathways in the brain. It increases grey matter in the parts of the brain associated with learning, memory, self-awareness, and introspection. In addition, brain imaging revealed that participants also showed a decrease in grey matter in areas linked to anxiety and stress.
By changing how the brain processes self-awareness, introspection, anxiety, and stress, addicts can reasonably evaluate everyday situations, and react to them more appropriately – without the help of drugs or alcohol. This positive effect on stress and anxiety is especially important because both are frequent triggers for relapse.
Reiki may also be used to connect in spiritual ways during recovery. Many individuals use Reiki to connect with a higher power through prayers or mantras. Feeling connected to a higher power has helped many addicts stay on the path of recovery.
If you’re recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, Reiki may be an excellent supplement to your treatment program. Talk to your addiction counsellor about incorporating it into your treatment. It's a simple but powerful tool that can help you maintain long-term sobriety.
If you feel you are drug dependent you can contact the NA (Narcotics Anonymous) on 0800 9177 650.
For Cocaine dependency please contact CA (Cocaine Anonymous) on 0800 0595 130 or 020 8007 1130 (mobile friendly).
The 11th step of twelve-step programs says we “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.” This piece of the program is often known as the meditation step, as it’s the one step that directly suggests we practice some form of meditation and Reiki encompasses this.
What is the 11th Step of AA?
First, let’s look at what the step is. The step originated with the first twelve-step group, Alcoholics Anonymous. The 11th step in AA isn’t just about meditation; it also mentions prayer. This step is about pausing, taking time each day to pray and meditate.
The chapter on the eleventh step in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions starts by saying that “Prayer and meditation are our principal means of conscious contact with God.” The AA 11th step is one of the “maintenance steps” that we practice regularly to upkeep our recovery. It suggests we continue to investigate spirituality, our relationship with our higher power, and the ability to check in with ourselves and our recovery.
God, Higher Power, Etc.
Some people benefit from investigating the role of a higher power in their recovery. Whether you’re religious, agnostic, or atheistic, the notion of a higher power should probably not be taken for granted.
Some people use the simple acronym “Good Orderly Direction” to explain “God.” Others may be religious and use the higher power of their religion. If you’re an atheist, you may understand “higher power” as the principle of compassion, mindfulness, kindness, or community. Whatever the case may be, the 11th step is a method of connecting with our values, ideals, and path in recovery.
Working the AA 11th Step
People work the 11th step a variety of ways. Many make it a practice to pray and meditate every day. 11th step meditation and prayer may look different for different individuals. However, the practice is the same. We dedicate time to this step every day, to meditate and/or pray.
It may be beneficial to build some routine. Some people spend a few minutes in prayer and meditation in the morning, while others find it most helpful to practice step eleven before going to bed at night. There’s no right or wrong answer; you find what works for you.
11 Step Meditation Practices
For our step 11 meditation, there are a few types of practice. These practices are related and incorporate mindfulness, concentration, and loving-kindness practice. They are completely secular, offering a way for you to meditate without believing in any particular religion. Below are four 11th step meditation practices you can try!
Step 11 Prayer
Although we’ve talked mostly about meditation in here, it’s important to discuss step 11 prayer. On page 99 of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, the St. Francis Prayer is offered. It’s a great prayer to try working with.
You may also try to create your own prayer. Whether you have a specific religion you follow or not, you can come up with a few words to offer your intention of kindness, care, recovery, and health. You may also try the loving-kindness meditation above. Although not an actual prayer, it is a wonderful way to open the heart and practice something similar to prayer, especially if you’re not religious!