Addiction is a disease that affects an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In the past few decades, treatment specialists have realized the importance of adopting holistic approaches to addiction recovery. In addition to traditional treatment modalities, which include detox, medications, therapy, and counselling, wellness and recreation therapy can significantly aid addiction recovery.
Wellness and recreation therapy employs various activities to address faulty thinking patterns and behaviours that may fuel substance use or impede recovery. There are multiple options for recreational and wellness therapy, all aimed at helping people with addiction achieve wholesome recovery. The treatment sessions are typically coordinated by licensed recreational therapists who specialize in using leisurely activities to help clients improve their overall well-being. The Canadian Centre for Addictions offers wellness and recreation treatment alongside standard rehab programs for addiction in Toronto, Ontario.
What Does Wellness and Recreation Mean in Addiction Rehab?
Wellness and recreation treatment is any treatment that utilizes recreational activities as a tool for helping someone recover from an addiction, often providing a fun and effective way of dealing with their desire to use substances. The types of recreational activities employed usually depend on the individual’s preferences, and therapists will build a recreation treatment plan to meet each client’s needs.
Recreation and wellness therapy provides a fun and healthy break from the usually intense work involved in traditional addiction treatment. People who require substances to deal with stress or other negative feelings in the past will discover newer and fun ways to cope. Wellness and recreation treatment strategies are designed to bring underlying emotions and thinking patterns to the surface so that the individual can understand and learn healthier ways of handling cravings or urges. Anyone in addiction rehab will find wellness and recreational therapy helpful as it affects all aspects of one’s well-being.
What is the Purpose of Our Wellness and Recreation Treatment?
At CCFA, our wellness and addiction treatment aims to provide a holistic approach towards addiction recovery, to help clients develop their physical, mental, and emotional state and also reduce their likelihood of suffering a relapse. Wellness and recreation treatment offer those in recovery an improved sense of control by challenging them to push themselves and overcome difficult situations, providing them with a sense of accomplishment that will be immensely helpful in the long term. They learn to trust others and develop leadership and team-building skills as they participate in our wellness and recreation treatment activities.
Our wellness and recreation treatment activities also equip clients to confront their fears and learn to walk through difficulties without substance use. By partaking in guided recreational activities and learning new skills, clients are motivated to make healthier choices, leading to an improved sense of self and overall quality of life.
Why It’s Essential That You Seek “Experienced Help” for Wellness and Recreation
It’s essential to seek “experienced help” for wellness and recreation treatment because recreation therapists have the requisite training and certification to help those in recovery regain their health and sense of self. These specialists take time to understand each client’s unique situation and devise personalized treatment plans to help them achieve sobriety and wholeness using enjoyable recreational activities.
Give Us a Call and Let Us Guide You
If you or a loved one is dealing with an addiction, the Canadian Center for Addictions is here to guide you. We offer traditional addiction treatment alongside wellness and recreational services in a serene location, away from the temptation and stresses of the city. At CCFA, we help people understand their addictions and the healthier coping strategies available to them by engaging them in one-on-one counselling with certified recreation therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals. Call us today at 1-855-939-1009.
What are the Wellness and Recreation Services We Offer?
At CCFA, we offer various wellness and recreation services in our Cobourg and Port Hope centres in Toronto, Ontario. Before we commence therapy, our recreational therapist will develop a plan that fits the individual’s specific needs. You get the following recreational and wellness services at our facilities:
Yoga with a Certified Yoga Instructor
Yoga helps those in recovery to maintain the focus and self-awareness needed to stay strong and handle discomforting feelings without resorting to drugs. Asana (postures) and breathing exercises (pranayama) induce a state of calmness and awareness that make it easier to resist cravings. Studies on the effects of yoga versus walking on mood and anxiety also show more significant improvements in mood and anxiety in people who practiced yoga than those who walked. We offer yoga with certified instructors at our Cobourg and Port Hope centres.
Guided Mindfulness and Meditation
Guided mindfulness and meditation also offer another way to deal with anxiety and stress that may contribute to substance use. These practices involved non-judgmental awareness of one’s self and environment. CCFA utilizes various mindfulness and meditation techniques to address addiction and related health conditions. Our therapists at our Cobourg and Port Hope centres are always available to help clients practice mindfulness and meditation techniques that resonate with their needs.
Art Therapy with a Registered Psychotherapist
Art therapy uses the power of art and creativity to aid those in recovery in expressing emotions they may have otherwise suppressed. It allows participants to convey thoughts and feelings that they may be unable to express with words easily. Art therapy does not necessarily require artistic ability; they only need to be open to a new therapeutic experience. By painting, sculpting, drawing, or creating other art forms, those in recovery can harness the transformative power of artistic expression for healing and wholeness. We offer art therapy with a registered psychotherapist at our Cobourg and Port Hope centres.
Massage Therapy with a Registered Massage Therapist
Massage therapy involves manipulating body soft tissue using specific movements and varying degrees of pressure. A massage therapist works on the skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons to reduce pain, inflammation, and tension. For those in recovery, massage helps to reduce cravings, enhance mood by stimulating natural endorphin release, and improve sleep quality. Research shows that massage may also increase one’s awareness of tension, making them more mindful of their stress response patterns to better prevent relapse. CCFA offers massage therapy for addiction with a registered massage therapist at our Cobourg and Port Hope centres.
Self Care: Haircuts, Manicures, and Pedicures Available
Addiction has a way of taking over a person’s life where they begin to neglect the basic things. It’s easy for those in recovery to continue overlooking basic self-care routines after they get sober. However, prioritizing self-care is essential, especially for those in recovery, as it allows them to feel and perform at their best. Self-care allows you to nurture your physical and mental health, improving your confidence and making you less likely to return to substances. It means you prioritize yourself over external factors that cause worry and anxiety. Our Cobourg and Port Hope centres offer clients self-care essentials, including haircuts, manicures, and pedicures.
Years of addiction lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body. Dry heat massage in a sauna increases blood circulation and causes excessive sweating, helping the body clear out toxins from extended substance use. The increased circulation from heat also relieves aches and pains, often seen in substance abuse cases. Spending time in a steam room also causes the release of endorphins that improve mood and overall well-being. We offer a steam room at our Port Hope and Cobourg facilities.
Full Gym with Free Weight, Machines, and Cardio Equipment
Physical exercise is one of the best ways for people in recovery to reclaim their bodies from addiction. The full gym at our Cobourg and Port Hope facilities is equipped with free weights, machines, and cardio equipment to help our clients keep up with their fitness regime. We offer clients multiple ways to get their minds and bodies up and running again, with supportive trainers available to help every step of the way.
Swimming is an incredibly effective form of recreation for those in recovery. It can be done at any pace for individuals who need time to regain their strength after detoxing from drugs or alcohol. Swimming also causes the release of endorphins, which improve mood and reduce cravings. It also helps to heal the lungs, making it beneficial for those whose lungs have sustained some damage due to a smoking-related addiction. Swimming also helps to deal with co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression; it requires you to pay extra attention to technique, and this level of concentration can be meditative, keeping you centred and happier. Clients can enjoy relaxing and practicing their techniques in the swimming pool at our Port Hope facility.
An individual’s environment plays a significant role in helping them achieve sobriety. Clients at our Cobourg and Port Hope centres can take advantage of nature’s renewing power by going on beach walks. Taking leisurely strolls and enjoying the serenity of the beach allows clients to view their lives from a clearer perspective and build a resolve to live more positively. Allowing nature to speak to one’s soul can trigger a mindset change that occasions positive self-realization.
Outdoor Therapy Groups
Outdoor therapy groups combine adventure, nature, and a sense of community to help those in recovery overcome the behavioural issues related to their addiction. This type of therapy promotes the enhancement of one’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being as they partake in structured outdoor activities. Outdoor therapy sessions are conducted in groups at both our Cobourg and Port Hope centres, and participants come together to discuss their experiences and how they relate to their recovery.
Exercises provide an easy and fun way for those in recovery to take care of their mind and body. Addiction researchers emphasize the need for daily exercise routines to promote overall health and quality of life. Team sports like basketball help clients build trust, overcome social anxiety, and experience the joy of chasing a common goal as part of a team. They may also develop leadership skills or discover other potentials that will be useful to them in life. Our clients can enjoy playing sports at our Cobourg and Port Hope facilities.
Indoor Game Rooms with Billiards, Ping Pong, and Darts
At CCFA’s treatment centres in Cobourg and Port Hope, our indoor gaming rooms allow clients to experience the value and enjoyment of their newfound sobriety. Playing games like billiards, ping pong, and darts establish in their minds the freedom and pleasure they can enjoy without using substances.
Clients can also enjoy outdoor games like Cornhole and Frisbee, allowing them to take in nature as they commit to living a sober life. Our Cobourg and Port Hope facilities provide a safe, calm, and healthy gaming atmosphere for those in recovery to unwind as they prepare for life post-treatment.
What to Expect After Treatment
Addiction is a chronic disease, and you’ll need to continue your recovery after you complete formal treatment. Addiction relapse rates are high, and it’s almost inevitable that you’ll face temptations at some point. It’s vital to continue your aftercare program as you need all the tools and support available to maintain your sobriety. At CCFA, our aftercare services help clients maintain their sobriety after completing treatment. We offer aftercare in-person visits twice weekly and teleconferencing options to ensure long-term recovery.
Frequently Asked Question
- Mental/Cognitive functioning
- Physical functioning
- Psychological/Emotional functioning
- Social functioning
- Spiritual functioning
- Art therapy
- Cooking and baking
- Music therapy
- Beach walks
- Outdoor therapy groups
- Brain teasers
- Video games
- Sports and physical exercises
- Therapeutic alliance
- Therapist empathy
- Positive regard
- Client expectations
- Help to avoid burnout
- Reduced mental fatigue
- Improved sleep quality
- Enhanced memory
- Improved problem-solving ability
- Mental/Cognitive functioning
- Physical functioning
- Psychological/Emotional functioning
- Social functioning
- Spiritual functioning
- The bond between client and therapist
- Understanding of client and therapist roles
- Unconditional acceptance
- Insight and awareness of issues
- Periods of reflection and inner thought
- Counselling environment
- Trial and adoption of new thinking patterns
- Ongoing practice and development