Upon completing your treatment for substance abuse, you will likely have to re-evaluate how you spend your time in your everyday life and incorporate activities that will help you avoid temptation and maintain your sobriety.
Some of the best activities that can help achieve this are those that are done outdoors, in nature. Whether you’re a bit skeptical or simply curious, here are some of the ways that outdoor activities can help support your sobriety and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.
Maintaining Your Sobriety Through Outdoor Activities
Provide Settings for Emotional Discovery
Being outdoors in nature often provides you with a serene setting that makes you more aware of your surroundings, allowing for reflection. For example, if you’re spending a relaxing day at the beach, you can focus on the ebbing of the ocean’s waves and the sounds of birds calling as you become aware of your emotions and reflect on what you’re feeling.
Push You Beyond Your Comfort Zone
Just as achieving sobriety requires you to go outside your comfort zone and push yourself, so do many outdoor activities. Hiking, canoeing, camping, and other activities may seem uncomfortable or even scary to do at first, but completing those pursuits can give you the same sense of purpose that you need to maintain your sobriety.
Require Continued Communication
Those who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction have a tendency to retreat into themselves and avoid communication with those around them. Many outdoor activities, especially those performed in groups, require strong, constant communication in order to complete them. They also allow adults to work better with others through that improved communication.
Addiction Therapy in North Carolina
In the holistic addiction program at Silver Ridge, we view the body as a whole entity. It is not enough to heal the mind or body alone; both must be cared for when walking the road toward recovery. We offer our clients a number of therapies, including outdoor equine therapy and ecotherapy.