Addiction is a compulsion to continue doing something, whether taking a particular substance or indulging in certain behavior, combined with the occurrence of stressful withdrawal symptoms if the addiction is suddenly ended. The addictive power of opiates dominate the news. The addiction to alcohol and cigarettes can have such a major life impact. We also know it is easy to get hooked on food, work, coffee, gambling, spending, sex, chocolate or just about anything.
Floatation therapy has some amazing physical benefits, but it can also help with several mental health issues. Addiction is one of the most difficult illnesses to treat, and the effectiveness of any method varies from person to person. However, floatation therapy allows one’s body to facilitate the healing process in several ways.
The process begins with the floater letting go of bad thoughts associated with the addiction. This allows him or her to focus only on positive goals. By eliminating all external distractions, floatation promotes healthy introspection and allows individuals to think about their lives and addictions in an environment free from external influences.
In the period immediately after quitting a habit, floating alleviates the pains of withdrawal and enables the feeling of pleasure. Floating also reduces the level of anxiety-related biochemicals such as norepinephrine which are released in great quantities during withdrawal.
Floating encourages addicts to engage in meditation and increase their independence. For example, floating as a complementary therapy to smoking cessationcan help control the pain associated with withdrawal. Any addict is going to need to take steps to maintain his or her lifestyle once he or she stops using the substances at the root of the addiction.
Floatation therapy gives recovering addicts time to reflect on their choices and deal with their personal issues in a completely isolated, safe environment. Although isolation typically isn’t a concept associated with addiction therapy, someone working to fight addiction needs time for quiet reflection and introspection along with the support of family and friends in a healthy environment. Meditation is one of the most effective ways one can self-analyze, and floatation is conducive to effective meditation because it eliminates distractions. A regular regimen of float sessions can help addicts take charge of their lives.
Regulating Body Chemistry
When you float, your body stops producing stress hormones such as cortisol, and it increases the production of dopamine—the “feel good” hormone that helps individuals overcome various pains associated with addiction. Most addictive substances trigger a response from the brain’s pleasure center. The addict isn’t usually craving the substance itself, but he or she needs the feeling it provides when using it.
Epsom salts in the float tank contain magnesium that the skin absorbs, boosting dopamine production. This gives floaters a natural boost to their body chemistry and helps reduce the presence of stress hormones, which are usually heightened during withdrawal.
The floatation therapy offered by Ocean Elements has many applications, and people with addictions or habits they want t break can find additional relief with floatation during any part of the recovery process. If you have any questions about how floatation therapy could benefit you, contact Ocean Elements today.