Nature has a way of bringing us inner peace. It’s hard to explain, but it’s there. With the impact that nature can have on a person’s mind, body and soul, it’s no coincidence that treatment centers are often situated in beautiful, scenic locations.
Continuum Recovery Center is a Phoenix addiction treatment center whose location offers the best of multiple worlds. We have calming, comforting deserts but also snow-capped peaks. There is never a shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. With a dynamic environment, we have everything from hiking on the trails to relaxing in the hot springs.
Knowing how important nature is to our development, Continuum Recovery Center encourages clients to spend as much time as they can in the great outdoors. Here are some of the ways that Mother Nature can boost your own recovery.
Restore Your Inner Self
One of the best ways to get a fresh start after drug treatment in Phoenix is to change your surroundings. Otherwise, it’s easy to continue with the same patterns of thinking and behavior. Since most of us can’t jump onto a plane and travel to a remote island, we must find peace in other things. Fortunately, we can submerge ourselves in Mother Nature.
Nature is restorative. It helps balance the mind, body and soul. For struggling addicts, it’s symbolic to see that Mother Nature always rebuilds herself. No matter what happens – fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes – nature recovers. With each new day, addicts have a chance to rebuild their lives into something even greater, too.
Step Away from Technology
Technology has its benefits, but too much can be a bad thing. A struggling addict in drug rehab Phoenix could feel helpless if she spends too much time reading her friends’ accomplishments on social media. If she continues feeling this way, she might be tempted to use again.
Being outdoors is a great way to unplug from technology. Snap a few photos if you must, but don’t forget to take in the environment and be mindful of what’s around you. Being present is far more powerful than taking a picture.
Develop New Skills
An important part of the recovery process is finding yourself again. What activities do you enjoy? What skills do you want to develop? As you get outdoors and try out new activities, you can discover your strengths and weaknesses. Then, set goals and work toward achieving them. Think outside the box, too. For example, raft building or outdoor survival training programs are just as rewarding as hiking, camping or swimming.
Build Personal Responsibility
We all have a commitment to the environment and a greater purpose in this world. For recovering addicts, finding this self-worth can be hard after using drugs and alcohol for so long. Being outdoors helps you rebuild this connection. Whether it’s picking up trash or tending a garden, helping out the environment leads to a sense of personal responsibility.
Nature has so much to offer, we couldn’t think of a healthy recovery without it! Contact Continuum Recovery Center to learn more about our holistic approach toward recovery.
Geffen has been in the field for over 20 years, and has worked in every facet of substance abuse treatment. Using his own personal experience in recovery and the education he has learned while in the field, Geffen can relate and connect with clients in a way that promotes recovery, self love and the desire for clients to achieve the best for themselves. Geffen is licensed in Arizona as a substance abuse counselor and has an IC&RC certification, as well as a life coaching certification.