“The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.” – Richard Louv
Recreational Therapy Activities for Substance Abuse Treatment
When you drank alcohol or used drugs, you experienced a high unlike any other. But in exchange, you became disconnected from your environment, your senses shut down and you were left with depression and anxiety once the high wore off.
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, a key focus of treatment is to reconnect to the world around you and reawaken your mind and senses in ways they haven’t experienced since before your addiction.
Unplug from Society through Recreational Therapy for Addiction
Living in a society that puts a heavy emphasis on technology and busy schedules doesn’t offer the balance we need to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Research shows that nature can provide incredible healing for our minds and bodies, which is why we incorporate outdoor activities into our addiction recovery programs.
During your time at Footprints Beachside Recovery, you’ll have weekly opportunities to be out in nature where you’ll unplug and focus on being in the present moment. These recreational activities include monthly nature retreats, yoga on the beach and much more.
By connecting you with nature, our goal is to help you find outdoor therapy activities that give you a natural rush and help prevent the cravings of drugs and alcohol. Coupled with some of our other types of recreational therapy, like equine therapy and art therapy, our treatment program supports the modalities of an integrated and holistic approach to addiction treatment.
Addressing Mental Health Disorders through Outdoor Therapy Activities
Drug addiction may have begun to take hold of your life without you even realizing it. Part of what we teach during recreational therapy is that, in order to be available in the present moment, you must be able to regulate your emotions and control your mind and body’s fight-or-flight responses. Recreational therapy is a great tool in recovery because it helps recapture the mindfulness that drugs and alcohol have removed from your life.
Reinvigorate Your Life and Senses at Footprints Beachside Recovery
Therapeutic recreation activities are meant to be enjoyable as well as challenging. Unplugging from society to reconnect with nature can make you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable at first, but that challenge is part of the healing process.
When you open yourself up during our nature retreats, you’ll achieve mindfulness, regain passions you once had before addiction and associate sobriety with healthy, natural activities.