Learning to enjoy one’s self naturally is an important aspect of recovery. Recreation and experiential therapies serve to expose young women to having fun without substances and its lifestyle habits. A varied and enjoyable range of activities provide a rounded therapeutic experience, promote physical fitness and mental quietude, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and help foster new friendships and positive connections.
A wide range of activities are available in the women’s houses, within the local community, and in the greater New England area. Some activities, such as art therapy and meditation practice, have a specifically therapeutic aspect, others are simply for fun.
Many of the women’s program activities are designed to support metal health, personal wellbeing, and physical fitness. Yoga, meditation, and knitting develop a mindfulness practice and promote peace of mind. Most days, women begin the day with yoga instruction and meditation. Learning personal care is key to life-long well-being. Trips to receive manicures and pedicures, light tanning at local beaches, and other self-care reinforces the positive mental health benefits of caring for one’s body and appearance. Physical fitness is an important aspect of recreation and activities. Whether working out regularly in the house gym, hiking trails, or playing team sports, women come to experience the satisfaction of consistent exercise and its positive effects on body, mind and spirit.
As young women make progress and advance through our program’s three phases, they take part in activities that may have previously been at-risk for triggering the urges of addiction.
- Meditation & Mindfulness Work
- On-site Fitness Center
- Various team sports such as softball, soccer, and lacrosse
- On-site Art Studio
- Various beach, mountain or other natural excursions
- Concert and Theater attendance
- Dining out
- And more…
Every activity is a new opportunity to learn how to live free from addiction and mental health disorder and find natural joy. Enjoying recreation and activities in sobriety and with sober peers of similar experience is one of the best ways to experience the hope and promise of a full life.