Addiction specialist knows that the addiction education system in the U.S. has become increasingly aware and is now giving more credibility to the ancient knowledge and wisdom of chakras.  Studying the chakras and incorporating methods that release blocked energies in the chakras can have a profound effect on addictions. In some cases, the addiction cycle can be released entirely once the chakras become unblocked so that energy in the body is flowing smoothly through the body and not getting stuck in some area. It’s the stuckness that creates the blockage, which often results in longing for some addictive substance or activity to temporarily release the uncomfortableness. The problem with reaching for an addictive substance or activity is that it is only a temporary fix. Profound recovery from addiction includes releasing these blocked energies entirely.

The chakra system has been around for thousands of years. It comes from various Eastern spiritual teachings including Hinduism and Buddhism. Chakras are areas of the body that the ancient traditions have called “spinning wheels of energy.” Scott Kiloby calls the stuck energies in these areas “body contractions.”  Refer to the graphic at the bottom of this article to understand where the Chakras are located.

Through Scott Kiloby’s work with addiction clients at the Kiloby Center for Recovery and his research of the chakra systems throughout various traditions in India and other countries, he has compiled a list of how specific addictions line up with the various chakras. Take a look and see if your addiction is felt in the bodily area designated below.  This is not an exhaustive list, as each individual’s experience varies.

  • The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine.  It involves mainly issues of safety and security.  It is associated with addictions to money, security, safety, food, gambling, shopping, work, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, milk, fat, meats, benzos (valium and Xanax).
  • The Sacral Chakra is located in the pelvic region. It involves mainly emotion and sexuality.  It is associated with addictions to alcohol, heroin, painkillers, sex, porn, Gluten, wheat, starchy carbs, grain-based alcohol, chocolate.
  • The Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the lower stomach and sometimes affects the whole stomach area including the sternum area. It involves personal will, drive, and self-identity.  It is associated with addictions to speed, meth, cocaine, caffeine, work, sex, anger, Cannabis, cocaine, caffeine, carbonated beverages, corn-based alcohol, beer, corn processed sugars, some other foods, benzos.
  • The Heart Chakra is located in the heart area. It involves mainly love, compassion, and openness or lack thereof.  It is associated with addictions to tobacco (smoking because it involves lungs), sugar, love, marijuana, Ecstasy, smoking, sugars and sweets, wine and the more sugary alcohols, opiates (all forms including heroin and painkillers), benzos.
  • The Throat Chakra is located at the base of the throat.  It involves mainly creativity and self-expression.  It is associated with addictions to marijuana, opiates, food, tobacco (smoking and chew).
  • The Minds Eye Chakra is located in the forehead.  It involves mainly thinking and cognition.  It is associated with addictions to hallucinogens, marijuana, chocolate, caffeine, and most mood-altering substances and activities.
  • The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head. It involves religion and spiritual seeking and is associated with addictions to spiritual seeking and most mind-altering substances and activities.

At the Kiloby Center, Scott and his facilitators use a variety of methods to show people how to relax and release the blocked energies or contractions in these chakra areas.  Some of these methods were developed by Scott and his Facilitators including Natural Rest, the Living Inquiries, chakra tapping, and Aperioga, which is a unique form of body movement that allows energy to flow more easily.  The Center also uses meditation, Tong Ren, Yoga, and other techniques for chakra work.

If you would like to learn more about the Center’s program involving this kind of deep bodywork, contact the Center at or call  1-866-kiloby-5


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