Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. - Medical News Today
So what then can crystals do to help you on this difficult journey out of your addiction cycle? Everything.
They are the friend you need to hold your hand every step of the way.
There are specific crystals for specific addictions however most linked to helping with addiction in any way will also lift your mental health through offering clarity and reducing anxieties.
Below I will run through some of the stages of addiction and which crystals you should have on hand or rather in your pocket to give you back some control.
Acute addiction - Kunzite
Mild cases - Lepidolite
Childhood linked addictions - Blue Chalcedony
Withdrawal symptoms - Amethyst
Help you see underlying needs - Smoky Quartz
Speed up return to normality once addiction is broken - Barite
Alcoholic addiction - Blue Chalcedony, Brecciated Jasper, Lepidolite, Peridot, Topaz, Smithsonite, Zeolite
Shopaholic-ism - Smoky Quartz
See blocks you put in your own way - Apache Tear, Bornite, Galena, Unakite
Destructive behavior - Elbait
Feelings of hopelessness - Boulder Opal
Obsession - Spirit Quartz, Chalcedony
Self Control - Onyx
If you know someone going through a hard time maybe gift a crystal they can carry on their person to boost their strength and mental health.
If you are not sure where to start and this list is overwhelming amethyst is the perfect crystal. It will calm, reduce stress and anxiety while soothing moods and providing peace. Amethyst literally means 'not drunk' and will be a guiding hand to lead you away from addictive activities and substances.