Floatation Therapy is fast becoming the go-to tool to help with addiction. Floating offers a unique quiet and safe environment where individuals can achieve deep relaxation, promoting a mediative state and space for introspection. In the serene, environment, supported by the weightlessness of the silky magnesium-rich solution, the brain and body get to rest and recover, or even take a much-needed restorative sleep. Research shows that floatation therapy can significantly improve one’s overall well-being by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and cortisol levels. Participants often experience a shift in consciousness promoting a sense of calm and clarity.
Have you created some bad habits that have turned into addictions? According to the Webster dictionary “addiction means a compulsive, chronic, physiological, or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behaviour, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence And according to this Pain Scale, compulsion, craving, consequences and control are the 4 C’s associated with addiction.
Addiction is not limited to drugs or alcohol but extends to various activities and substances that provide a sense of comfort, or a distraction from the emotional pain or trauma we don’t want to feel and are often not even aware of. Addictive habits can release endorphins and dopamine our feel-good hormones in the brain, which is why we so often associate addiction with drugs as the connection is a more obvious one. But it can be many things, sugar, food, coffee, exercise, sex, work, or shopping. These addictions are much harder to address as they are sociable and more acceptable. With the advent of technology this has made shopping, porn, and social media high up there with addictive habits that society is having to face. All addictions or bad habits can have detrimental consequences to our lives, be that, financial, our relationships with family and friends and our overall well-being.
Addiction, at its core, involves a dependency on a substance or activity to feel good or function in daily life. It can start subtly, perhaps in the early years of life, with socially accepted substances like sugar or caffeine. Over time, this craving intensifies, leading to emotional attachment and a need to dissociate from uncomfortable sensations or situations.
Shopping addiction is a form of behavioural addiction where the act of shopping provides temporary relief, generating a sense of happiness and satisfaction. However, this relief is short-lived, often resulting in a vicious cycle of compulsive buying and regret.
Several other forms of addiction that often go overlooked in discussions. One prevalent modern-day addiction is social media addiction. The constant need to check social media platforms, accumulate likes, and seek external validation from online interactions can become compulsive and detrimental to one’s mental well-being. The digital age has also brought about a rise in screen time addiction, encompassing excessive use of smartphones, computers, and gaming devices, leading to adverse effects on physical health, sleep patterns, and overall productivity. Additionally, lesser-known forms of addiction can include work addiction, where individuals become consumed by their professional roles to an unhealthy extent, often at the cost of their personal lives and well-being.
To combat addiction effectively, it’s vital to explore healthy coping mechanisms. Meditation & Mindfulness incorporated into rehabilitation protocols to help individuals manage chronic pain and addiction. Float therapy provides the ideal environment to learn meditation and mindfulness practices. It has gained recognition as a powerful tool for managing stress, depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain.
Any form of addiction can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Recognizing the need for help and exploring effective therapies is crucial. Floatation therapy, with its ability to induce deep relaxation, relieve pain, and encourage self-reflection, stands as a promising tool to combat addiction. By embracing floatation therapy into your daily, weekly, or even monthly routine, individuals can find peace and healing, Water Temple offers a safe and tranquil space for introspection, self-discovery, and healing. With the support of our Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner: Dr. Mychelle Whitewood, you can rest easy with our support and treatment along your pathway to recovery.