July 28 , 2017 / 8 minutes, 0 seconds

Floating as an Adjunct Healing Modality for Addictions

Author: Annette K. Scott

Your brain is who you are. It’s what allows you to think, breathe, move, speak, and feel. It’s just 3 pounds of gray-and-white matter that rests in your skull, and it is your own personal “mission control.” Information from your environment—both outside (like what your eyes see and skin feels) and inside (like your heart rate and body temperature)—makes its way to the brain, which receives, processes, and integrates it so that you can survive and function under all sorts of changing circumstances and learn from experience. The brain is always working, even when you are sleeping.

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Stimulant Addiction

When drugs enter the brain, they interfere with its normal processing and can eventually lead to changes in how well it works. In particular stimulants cause a bombardment of Dopamine, (the feel good neurotransmitter) and eventually causes the brain to stop producing Dopamine resulting in feelings of decreased motivation, tiredness, and lack of feeling good.  Stimulants also can change brain wave patterns from Delta which are relaxed waves to Alpha state which is the more active state. In order for the body to heal, regenerate, and sleep it is necessary for our brainwaves to alter to Delta state.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction is an extremely dangerous form of substance abuse that is difficult to overcome. It is uniquely painful and potentially harmful in comparison to other drug addictions. When they begin withdrawal, opiate addicts experience painful symptoms, both psychological and physical. These can include panic attacks, depression, paranoia, diarrhea, vomiting, and high levels of pain. Those in withdrawal from opiates must seek treatment during their recovery because of the difficulty in abstaining and the dangers associated with withdrawal.

While opiate withdrawal is generally treated medically, many alternative therapies are also popular. Alternative therapies, rather than treating withdrawal through other drugs, offer relief of symptoms that is mental and often spiritual. Many prefer alternative therapies in drug addiction treatment because they do not want to become dependent on another substance during withdrawal.

Why Floatation Works

The reason that floatation helps with opiate withdrawal symptoms is because it helps the body maintain internal homeostasis. This produces endorphins as well as opiates in your body to reduce pain. In a sense, floatation partially treats opiate addiction because it produces natural opiates in your body, relieving symptoms of withdrawal. Floatation also treats the extreme pain associated with opiate withdrawal. These aspects of floatation make it a great alternative treatment to pair with others, such as yoga and breathing exercises. While those relax you and improve your mental state, floatation provides a natural, physical relief from withdrawal symptoms.

Floatation helps your body to relax and produce natural chemicals because it takes pressure off of your joints and muscles. This provides you with a natural relief that improves your physical and mental state without leading to further addictions. Floatation also helps you to positively motivate yourself toward specific goals such as quitting addictive behaviors. Floatation deprives you of external stimuli, which helps you become more focused and deeply relaxed. In turn, this will motivate you toward recovery. Floatation helps to heal your body both mentally and physically from addiction.

Drugs affect three primary areas of the brain:

  • The brain stem is in charge of all the functions our body needs to stay alive—breathing, moving blood, and digesting food. It also links the brain with the spinal cord, which runs down the back and moves muscles and limbs as well as lets the brain know what’s happening to the body.
  • The limbic system links together a bunch of brain structures that control our emotional responses, such as feeling pleasure when we eat chocolate. The good feelings motivate us to repeat the behavior, which is good because eating is critical to our lives.
  • The cerebral cortex is the mushroom-shaped outer part of the brain (the gray matter). In humans, it is so big that it makes up about three-fourths of the entire brain. It’s divided into four areas, called lobes, which control specific functions. Some areas process information from our senses, allowing us to see, feel, hear, and taste. The front part of the cortex, known as the frontal cortex or forebrain, is the thinking center. It powers our ability to think, plan, solve problems, and make decisions.

Help Overcoming Addictions

Addiction is a medical condition that is characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors.

According to science, sensory deprivation helps patients overcome addictions by:

  • Induction of a general relaxation response
  • Serenity and relief by non-chemical means
  • Internal refocusing to concentrate on personal problems
  • Disruption of habits through removal of trigger cues and response possibilities
  • Increased feelings of control over addictive behaviors
  • Enhanced learning processes

Research findings related to treating addictive behaviors with REST now support its use for:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Overeating
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug misuse

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Seek help at Kodawari Float

Floating can be used as a synergist to a number of centering healing modalities such as meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi. Floating is not meant to replace medical care by a doctor. Don’t let your brain be hijacked by food or substance abuse. Take control of your health.

If you are suffering from addiction and are searching for an alternative treatment that will truly help treat your symptoms, you should learn more about floating. At Kodawari,  we are here to provide a safe sacred space for all your healing needs, we can answer your questions and set you up with an appointment for your first float. www.Kodawariyoga.com

 

Written by Justin Rockett

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wikipedia.

 

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