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Bach Flowers Remedies for Addiction

Updated: Mar 20

A participant speaking at a 12-step group

Addiction is very prevalent in the United States. According to the NIH approximately 47% of the American population suffers from some sort of addiction–whether to tobacco, alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs, eating, gambling, pornography, Internet, love, sex, exercise, work, or shopping (NIH Study). The effects of addiction can be a mild personal quirk or debilitating. It can destroy personal relationships, destroy careers, and even lead to homelessness.

It is true that there is a physical, chemical dependency when dealing with many drugs and alcohol. But all addictions also have a psychological component. Bach Flower Remedies do not address the physical, chemical dependency. However, the Bach Flower Remedies can be very effective at addressing the psychological components of addiction.

The beauty of the Bach Flower Remedies is that they are totally natural and have no side effects. Bach Flower Remedies can be very helpful in balancing people’s emotions so they are more balanced and less compulsive. Several Bach flower remedies may be helpful.

  • Agrimony helps people face their emotions instead of hiding them. Many people with addictive personalities try to suppress memories and feelings and use substances to avoid them.

  • Crab Apple is for a lack of self-esteem. Frequently, people who suffer from addictions also suffer from low self-esteem. Crab Apple will help them feel better about themselves so they don’t feel an aching emptiness inside.

  • Star of Bethlehem helps process shock and trauma. Often, people suffering from addiction are trying to suppress past traumas or shock. Star of Bethlehem allows people to deal with their traumas instead of being haunted by them.

  • Chestnut Bud helps people learn from past mistakes. As long as one considers something a mistake, Chestnut Bud will help him or her stop repeating it.

  • Cherry Plum helps people who are on the edge of losing control. This can be metaphorical, including doing anything to excess.

  • Honeysuckle helps people who are drawn to memories of the past, whether good or bad. It helps them be in the present.

  • Aspen helps people who are on edge with generalized anxiety, expecting something bad to happen.

  • Pine neutralizes guilt. Many people suffering from addiction feel guilty about their situation and the effects it has on their loved ones.

  • White Chestnut quiets the mind, stopping mental chatter and racing or repetitive thoughts. This can include impulsive thoughts or cravings.

  • Wild Rose helps people suffering from apathy. Sometimes people feel numb and apathetic. Wild Rose will restore an interest in life.

There are 39 Bach Flower Remedies, in all. They can work on every emotion imaginable, from apathy to depression. It is best to seek out a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP), someone who is trained to ask the right questions to formulate the ideal blend for your specific needs.

Although the Bach Flower Remedies sold in the US are preserved in alcohol, I have a full set of alcohol-free remedies from the Bach Centre in England. This gives peace of mind to anyone who needs to avoid even the smallest trace of alcohol.

I am available for phone consultations nationwide. You can reach me by phone at 415-420-7800, by email at, or via my website at If you prefer to work with a BFRP in your local area, you can consult the international registry at the following link:

Alternatively, you can purchase individual remedies and Rescue Remedy through my website, Rescue Remedy is also readily available in most health food stores, food cooperatives, and anyplace where homeopathy is sold. It is a blend of Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Clematis, Rock Rose, and Impatiens.

© 2018-2024 Carl Anderson

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