An important part of becoming sober is finding new activities to replace old habits that might have led to abuse and addiction. While in treatment you can explore different hobbies and learn to enjoy sober activities that will keep you busier, healthier and more relaxed. At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, each of our clients can include group activities as a part of their schedule so that they have fun and socialize without turning to substance abuse to occupy their time. Through our group activities, people in recovery can make friends that share the same interests and bond together while they experience a new sober lifestyle. Being outdoors and getting exercise can benefit people in recovery by improving their mental and physical health. The therapeutic power of these activities is just as meaningful and integral as every other part of a recovery program.
Benefits of Activities
Our activities program allows patients in recovery to take a break from their hard work and brighten their mood by spending time outside. Some of our activities like exercise routines with an onsite personal trainer, yoga and beach walks can help to alleviate any depression or anxiety they might be experiencing in their recovery work. Exercise can give people energy, release endorphins, reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. All of the benefits of being active can work to calm cravings and reduce symptoms of psychological addiction that might still be an issue in recovery. Clients also experience the social benefits of spending time with their peers in a setting outside of group meetings or therapy. They can learn to value socializing while sober and strengthen their connection with each other. Peers that enjoy these activities may choose to continue them after leaving treatment and create a social network of people that are interested in similar sober activities.
At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, patients can benefit from getting involved in new activities that will keep them motivated to remain sober. Staying healthy and being active in different hobbies can be a vital part of fighting symptoms of addiction. A busier person with a full schedule is much more likely to feel stable and more focused. Every person in recovery needs to find the leisure activities that will keep them from being tempted to use again in the future. Spending time in group activities with other patients can also create lasting friendships and develop into a support network that will be there for you when you complete treatment.