Interact with others… have fun without use.
People who have dealt with drug and alcohol addiction often find it hard to find other activities to fill their time that do not involve the negative behaviors with which they were once so familiar. One key step in the addiction recovery process is for addicts to learn how to have a fun-filled sober lifestyle. At Brighton Center for Recovery, we encourage patients to learn new skills through sports and recreational activities. This helps build interpersonal relationships in team sports such as volleyball and softball. It also helps the patients to find new activities they may enjoy or simply help them to stay physically fit. Exercise triggers the brain’s natural endorphins (feel good chemicals). Therefore, we encourage patients to participate in physical activity to help assist in a lifelong recovery from substance abuse. This is healthy, active fun that benefits both the mind and body. We have a well-equipped gymnasium and state-of-the-art exercise equipment to serve those at all levels of fitness.
All patients in our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program receive an individual recreation assessment as well as a healthy living and recreation plan prior to discharge. We strongly encourage our patients to keep up with the skills and activities they learned in program, as they are crucial to a healthy, sober existence.
We understand that addiction recovery is not easy and our activity therapy programs balance the rigors of clinical treatment with recreational fun. Just a few of the activities in which patients are encouraged to participate include:
- Anger Management
- Art Therapy
- Relaxation and Meditation
- Weight Training
Mike Risk, Brighton Center for Recovery’s Director of Activities Therapy
Our recreational activities are designed to be enjoyable. However, they do more than that. They also teach critical skills needed for self care, a key element in addiction recovery. We feel that by participating in these activities while in drug treatment, patients learn to live a healthier and happier lifestyle and have a better chance for a successful recovery.
To begin the admissions process at Brighton Center for Recovery, and to learn more about how recreational activities contribute to our substance abuse therapy programs, please click here.