Physical health and overall wellness are key components of successful, long-term recovery. Recreational activities and general exercise teach people in treatment how to have fun – and pass the time – in ways that are positive, life-affirming, and have nothing to do with using alcohol or drugs.
During recovery, nutrition and exercise work together to release endorphins, which improve mood and increase optimism while decreasing feelings of anxiety and depression. During withdrawal from substances, the mood-boosting effects of exercise help you manage withdrawal symptoms, which promotes optimism and prepares you to begin treatment with a fresh mind and attitude.
Health & Wellness at The Ridge
During our residential programs, we schedule outdoor exercise and recreation every day. When our patients get their bodies moving, we see them become more engaged in treatment and more hopeful that they can succeed. This positive outlook and mood significantly increases their chance at achieving long-term sobriety.
Customized Recreational Activities
During your treatment programming, you will have many opportunities to exercise, be active and enjoy your surroundings. Available activities include:
- Full use of our on-site exercise facility
- Fitness instructor
- 1.5 hours of scheduled daily recreation
- Ample greenspace for hiking and meditation
- Volleyball, swimming, and other recreational sports
- Fishing in our stocked pond
- Swimming or relaxing poolside
- Basketball and pickleball court
In addition to overall health benefits, regular exercise during treatment can help patients establish a new, life-affirming habit that often becomes a critical element in their aftercare plan, which reduces the chances of relapse.