People in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse have plenty of options for rehabilitation, from traditional residential programs to newer all-natural approaches. Holistic therapy programs have never been more popular, and in coastal cities, surf therapy is no exception. Research has suggested that surf therapy can be extremely helpful for individuals with substance abuse issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health disorders. Surfing offers many physical and psychological benefits and can be an exercise in healing and mindfulness.
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know that working toward sobriety doesn’t look the same for everyone. While some may benefit most from a traditional approach, plenty of people may get more out of surf therapy and other holistic options. We cater to your treatment plan to your specific needs when you work with us, not just what works for others. Laguna Beach is known for being a place of serenity and relaxation, making it an excellent location to pursue recovery. Our facility is equipped with modern technology and well-trained, dedicated staff to provide you with the best possible environment to heal. For more information about what we can do for you, call us today at (877) 296-7477.
Benefits of Surf Therapy
Surf therapy may be new to gain popularity, but surfers have known that the hobby can be extraordinarily healing since people started taking their boards into the ocean. Benefits of surf therapy include:
- Unplugging. Society has gravitated more and more toward regular screen time, and these days, adults spend a lot of time in front of their phone or computer. Surfing gives people the opportunity to leave their devices on the shore and experience the outdoors with their own eyes instead of a camera lens.
- Focus. Activities like surfing require a degree of focus that you can’t always find in a traditional recovery setting. When you surf, all of your attention needs to be on your board and the water, and it’s easy to let cravings and worries slip to the back of your mind.
- Wonder. The ocean is massive, and anyone can look upon it or experience it in total awe. Surf therapy gives you an outlet to feel in awe of something larger than yourself, which is suggested to bring with it a host of psychological benefits.
- Adrenaline. A healthy adrenaline rush can give people struggling with addiction a better idea of their physical health and emotional well-being. Surfing is also an excellent form of exercise.
Holistic Treatment Options and You
There are options for people in recovery that many don’t even consider, and a non-pharmacological approach can be best for some. By trusting in something like surf therapy, you may find that healing is easier for you in this setting than in a traditional treatment program. In other cases, it might be that combining a holistic approach with your regular rehabilitation program benefits you most.
Your emotional well-being is most important, and the adventure therapy offered by surfing and other holistic treatment options gives people the agency to continue in their healing journey. You may find that surfing is something you love, and it’s easy to continue once treatment has ended.
Explore Surf Therapy with Oceanfront Recovery
Our surf therapy program, sometimes called ocean therapy, has shown great results for people combating addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. We find that surfing is an excellent metaphor for balance, and our team can help apply that metaphor to the treatment so you can get the most out of it. You’re not always in control when you surf; the ocean always has its turn to call the shots. We’ve found that this is a lot like life, especially life with a substance abuse disorder. To discover what our surf therapy program can do for you, reach out today by calling (877) 296-7477 or visiting us online.