Having fun in recovery is an important aspect for the recovering person. Learning what is fun for the recovering person can be a new adventure. Most people might find this to be an insignificant part of recovery, however boredom is one of the biggest reasons people relapse. In fact, when our therapists do groups based around relapse prevention, they spend a lot of time talking about ways to balance boredom. By teaching clients how to have fun in recovery while they are in treatment, they can easily incorporate fun activities into their lives after treatment.
While clients put in a lot of therapeutic work during the week at Seastone, we attempt to make the weekends more relaxed so they will be rejuvenating to get back to working on themselves again during the week. One of the benefits of being in South Florida and by the beach is the outdoor activities clients get to participate in. Whether it is a day of laying on the beach and relaxing or participating in ocean water activities, clients are exposed to a variety of beaches in sunny South Florida. Clients are encouraged to try new activities and also push themselves outside of their comfort zone. Recreational activities are also a way for Seastone to encourage positive team work and improving communication skills. Therapists often observe some of our recreational activities so they can better assist clients in improving these parts of their lives which are vital to their daily living in recovery.
It is also a fact that physical activity helps to improve signs of depression, isolation, and overall physical and mental health. For the recovering person, any type of physical activity can be an important step to one’s recovery. Because of this, Seastone incorporates the gym and other physical activities during the week such as yoga and walking to help improve physical and mental health.
Addiction can cause serious damage to the way the brain responds to happy or excited events. By incorporating physical activity, the addict or alcoholic can improve brain function. A lot of times in early recovery people can be misdiagnosed with depression, we try to alter that by the incorporation and encouragement of recreational activities. We believe the benefits of recreational activities are extreme since they can encourage fun in recovery which balances boredom and also helps to decrease depression. Anything that is helping the recovering person to prevent relapse is our main goal.