Extract from Dr Axe article:
A study from the 90s aimed at identifying the effectiveness of sensory deprivation on reducing addiction found that “REST is a versatile, cost-effective treatment modality with demonstrated effectiveness in modifying some addictive behaviours, and has promising applications with others.”
Interestingly patients addicted to nicotine, alcohol or drugs generally saw improvements associated with refocusing the mind or re-balancing the various physical and mental effects of stress.
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 behaviours
Enhanced learning processes
Research findings related to treating addictive behaviours with REST now support its use for:
The most support for floating involves smoking cessation help, while many believe more research is needed overall to recommend floating for other drug problems.