There are many approaches to treating and managing addictions. This can range from 12 Step, Talk Therapy, Counseling, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and pharmaceutical intervention just to mention a few. Qigong can be extremely helpful in the treatment of addictions whether it is:
The way Qigong can help is by drastically reducing stress, tension, anxiety, and worry. According to some of the most modern research, addictions are often triggered by stress or past trauma. It doesn't matter what the stressor is, either reasonable or unreasonable, it can still trigger an undesirable addictive behaviour. Qigong recognizes the balance of yin and yang energy as being an underlying root problem. If the yin energy is weak, the yang will be ungrounded and out of balance. A simple daily Qigong practice can naturally help reduce tension, and balance the yin and yang energy. You can practice an individual exercise such as "Embracing the Ball" but it is most ideal to practice a full routine.