Floatation Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Generally, people treat addiction using medicine, conducted by medical professionals. However, there are more and more alternative therapies that are gaining popularity. The explanation is that people do not want to become dependent on another substance during withdrawal. One of the alternative types of treatment for opiate addiction is floatation.

What is floatation therapy?

Flotation therapy is an alternative type of treatment, and a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more in a quiet and dark environment. You may be suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt.

While floating, the human body’s senses are released from all distractions, enabling the body and mind to reach deep levels of relaxation and meditation that would normally take years of practice to achieve.

There are two methods of floatation: floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) and sensory deprivation floatation tank.

How does it work

Floatation REST therapy is conducted in special designed chambers, where people lie on a bed in a dark, soundproof room. The patients are told to be still but not restrained. There is a bathroom, food and water in the room available for the patient and he can use it whenever he likes. The client may stay in the room for up to twenty four hours, but is able to leave at any time. This type of floatation is quite popular and it is used in Spas, resorts, athletic clubs, therapy. Even at home, people may organize floatation REST therapies.

Sensory deprivation floatation tank involves participants entering a tank or pool, which has been filled with water and Epsom salts. The water is at human body temperature. The concentration of the salt in the water gives clients the possibility to float on their backs easily. It is extremely difficult to turn over in such conditions, that’s why usually people even fall asleep. One session typically lasts an hour but some people choose to stay even up to four hours.

Unlikely the floatation REST, this type of floating facilitates weightlessness and muscle relaxation due to the water and Epsom salts. Floatation tanks are more suitable for therapies and treatments because represent a natural and holistic alternative to medications.

Effects and results

According to the researchers, this type of treatment stimulates right/left brain patterns by lowering brain wave frequency from beta to alpha. This leads to an increase in mental clarity, problem solving, objectivity, alertness, heightens awareness, and accelerates learning.