Coffee Addiction: Causes and Treatment

- Updated on April 16, 2020

Coffee Addiction: Causes and Treatment 1By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author

- Medically Reviewed by Dr. David Walker, CPA, Licensed Psychologist and Naziliya Rakhimova, MD

Drink coffee ad for addicts Coffee addiction has a great correlation with the results of the DIY body-oxygen test, according to clinical research of over 160 Soviet and Russian medical doctors and my experience with our breathing students. The cause is simple: breathing retraining provides a large boost in energy and natural mind alertness. Hence, as I have seen this in dozens of people, with the normal and high body and brain O2 levels, the effects of coffee becomes very different.

But before we discuss exact results and numbers, let us consider this chart that explains the key cause of the explosion of stress and anxiety leading to coffee addiction during last several decades.


In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov will explain how you can overcome coffee addiction or dependence using breathing retraining.

Breathing changes during last 80 years

When someone’s automatic breathing at rest is too frequent and/or deep with less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test (see the PET scan of the brain below), he or she commonly suffers from anxiety, stress, mental confusion, lethargy, low levels of energy, and many other effects and symptoms of hyperventilation. Note that the normal body O2 content, as it was found in studies done over 80 years ago, is about 40-50 seconds.

Treat coffee addiction with meditative breathing exercises

Hyperventilation causes low O2 and headaches Obviously, artificial stimulation of the senses and the body has a positive effect on well-being: there is an increased feeling of energy and alertness after drinking coffee. Even medical studies report increased physical fitness after 2 or 3 cups of coffee for modern ordinary people since these people commonly have about 20-25 seconds for the body O2 test. Therefore, there are proven temporary positive effects of coffee. This creates a dependence and sometimes coffee addiction.

Russian doctors confirmed that people with less than 10 seconds for the body O2 test often have a severe coffee addiction.

However, when the same person, with an existing coffee addiction, gradually slows down his or her own breathing and gets up to 35-40 seconds for the body-oxygen test, the effects of coffee are very different. Hundreds of my breathing students discovered this physiological effect due to breathing exercises (that are among oldest known meditation methods) and higher body O2. Instead of a feeling of energy and alertness, an intake of coffee causes nervousness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and worsened physical fitness. As a result, as it has been confirmed by thousands of people, they do not like coffee after they achieve normal body oxygenation. Therefore, the most natural treatment of coffee addiction is to increase body oxygenation.

For more details, click this link to the page that explains how to stop an addiction. The table below shows typical changes in chosen lifestyle for people with various body O2 levels.

Natural lifestyle choices before and after breathing retraining

Lifestyle factor: Body oxygen < 30 s Body oxygen > 50 s
Energy level Medium, low, or very low High
Desire to exercise Not strong, but possible Craving and joy of exercise
Intensive exercise with nose breathing Hard or impossible Easy and effortless
Typical mind states Confusion, anxiety, depression Focus, concentration, clarity
Craving for sugar and junk foods Present Absent
Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs Possible Absent
Desire to eat raw foods Weak and rare Very common and natural
Correct posture Rare and requires efforts Natural and automatic
Sleep Often of poor quality; > 7 hours Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation