Substance use disorder can leave individuals feeling hopeless and alone. However, there is always a way out, and you can find trained professionals who are willing to help you at Bright Futures. Besides seeking professional help, we believe that the key to a successful recovery is taking part in sober activities that can be fun and healing. During our programs we help patients overcome their addiction, and also teach them that sobriety can be fun. For this reason we want to discuss the importance of finding joy in activities that you can do alone. Additionally, we are going to examine the benefits of taking part in group sessions during your therapy, and how to grow stronger by relying on others.
The Importance of Having Sober Fun
Every person’s struggle with addiction is a unique experience. People can start abusing substances out of various reasons. Individuals who are dissatisfied with their lives or seeking a quick thrill often succumb to addiction. We make it a priority to show individuals that there are many sober activities that can be fun and healing. Being creative during recovery can actually help patients in numerous ways.
Some individuals have a hard time confronting their fears and anxieties. Fun activities can be used as a way for patients to open up at their own pace. Art can be an introspective experience which can help patients explore their emotions and come to terms with what they are feeling. Being honest with yourself is necessary if you want to achieve long term sobriety. Honestly and self exploration don’t need to be humorless and dour experiences. You can learn a lot about yourself by having fun and learning new skills. Growth and learning through play can be incredibly empowering, and that’s why we encourage patients to have fun during rehab.
On the other hand, some individuals who are dealing with substance use disorder may also be struggling with trauma. There are many traumatic experiences which can leave people in a state of emotional shock. This can lead individuals to seek escape in substance abuse. Unfortunately, avoiding your feelings is counterproductive to your recovery. In these situations trauma therapy is required, through which patients will learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with real life stressors. An important part of dealing with trauma is learning to have fun. Once you begin to enjoy a sober lifestyle, your chances for recovery will significantly improve.
The Types of Therapy Used to Help You Become Sober at Bright Futures
Individuals who are suffering from substance use disorder need to begin their journey to recovery with detoxification. Once that process is completed, the Inpatient therapy program can begin. Patients can take part is various programs which are custom tailored to their needs. During this time, patients stay in our luxurious facility in Boynton Bay. Their recovery is guided by a team of highly trained clinicians and medical staff. We implement a wide array of therapeutic techniques which are meant to help patients overcome their addiction, and to show them how fun sobriety can be. During inpatient therapy you will learn necessary coping skills and develop the self esteem required to partake in group activities.
After finishing your inpatient program, you can move to outpatient therapy. With the skills you have learned, you can now begin your integration back into society. Outpatient therapy includes taking part in group sessions, as well as individual sessions with a therapist which is conducted on a weekly basis. Patients are encouraged to seek employment and put the social skills they have learned in therapy to the test. You will get to recover at your own pace while returning to a healthy, everyday life. However, sobriety is a lifelong goal, and by learning to have fun and enjoy sober activities – you can continue to maintain your healthy habits even after you finish your outpatient therapy.
Continuing to Care for Yourself
Putting your health and overall wellbeing in first place isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Thankfully, our therapists can work with you to develop an aftercare program that can help you stay on track. Aftercare is intended to assist you in maintaining your sobriety and preventing relapse. The sober activities you have explored during your therapy can come in handy here.
One of the main goals of the sober activities that can be fun and healing is to help you develop a routine in which you feel safe and calm. Whenever you are facing stress and when you have trouble coping, you can always return to your positive routine. Go back to the activities which you found fun and use them to meditate and recover. If you had fun doing yoga in your therapy, then you can continue practicing it even outside of rehab. Alternatively, you can use the art skills you’ve learned, and then start drawing or painting when you are feeling stressed out. A fun routine can be incredibly relaxing, and doing something you know you will enjoy is always comforting.
Of course, you don’t have to face those stressful situations alone. A large part of aftercare consists of forming strong and supportive relationships. If you build a support network, you will always have someone you can count on to help you get through the tough times. For this reason a large portion of our group therapy is also focused on sober activities with other people.
Achieve Long Term Sobriety
Unfortunately, addiction is a type of disease that doesn’t have an instantaneous cure. Instead, our goal is to help you to achieve lifelong sobriety. However, that is something you need to work hard towards. Life is full of challenges and hardships, and sobriety needs to be maintained. Ultimately, if you are determined, we can help you find fulfillment and happiness in a sober lifestyle.
Substance use disorder is classified as a mental illness. Persons who are abusing can form both a mental and physical addiction. Therefore, in order to treat patients, we need to care for the body and the mind. Our Holistic therapy is based on modern research and is carried out by master level clinicians. We believe that only through proper diet and exercise, coupled with therapeutic activities, can you restore the natural balance required for a full recovery.
Although participating in physical therapy isn’t required, we highly encourage our patients to engage in physical activities. Physical therapy is intended to help you build up your body back into a healthy state. Exercise can be fun and it can also positively affect your brain chemistry. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins; you rid yourself of stress and boost your mood.
We also have weekly nutrition and life skills groups. Here you’ll learn how to prepare balanced meals which will fuel your body and prepare you for an active lifestyle. Our registered dietician will work with you to create an individualized nutritional plan. Once you start consuming enough nutrients and proteins you will feel a significant improvement to your energy level. Not only will you be in a better mood, but you will also have the strength to go out and have fun.
Decide to Have Fun in Therapy with Sober Activities
It’s incredible how helpful a positive mindset can be for your successful recovery. Patients who want to get better and believe they can achieve sobriety generally have a much easier journey to recovery. The same can be said about having fun. We can provide you with a large number of activities and offer to teach you new, useful skills. However, it’s entirely up to you to use that opportunity and make the most of your therapy in Bright Futures. We will work with you to make an individualized treatment plan, and offer you support and guidance.
You can look forward to a new lifestyle filled with sober activities that can be fun and healing. Actually, it can be beneficial to adopt a positive mindset even before you enter rehab. Talk to your loved ones and make plans for fun activities which you can do together after you complete rehab. Use this as motivation in situations when you are feeling down. Remind yourself of all the things you have to look forward to, as well as all the fun activities you can share with loved ones. Once you realize that sobriety is fun, you will see that there is nothing preventing you from taking part in that kind of lifestyle.
Which Fun Therapeutic Sober Activities are Available in Bright Futures?
The Bright Futures Treatment Center in South Florida is located just a couple of miles away from the beach. When you couple this fact with the naturally beautiful Florida weather, you’ll understand why we love to organize plenty of outdoor activities for our patients. Sober activities that can be fun and healing can be a great motivator for recovery. We have plenty of therapeutic activities which are exciting and engaging for our patients. We regularly organize the following:
- Beach visits. Due to the fact that our facility is located in Boynton Beach, and our close proximity to the ocean, we have weekly visits to the beach.
- Snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. South Florida has a lot to offer in terms of water sports.
- Paintball. Participating in a team activity can be a great way to form strong bonds with other patients.
- Art sessions. Creating art can be incredibly rewarding. It is also a great way to express the emotions you have trouble finding the right words for.
- Meditation and yoga. Learning to relax and unwind is a crucial life skill that everyone should pick up at some point.
- Barbecues and cookouts. These can be great opportunities to meet out previous clients who have completed their programs and become Bright Futures Alumni.
We also organize many other activities for current and previous clients of Bright Futures. We often leave it up to our clients to vote on which activities they would be interested in. Although participation isn’t required, all of our patients are encouraged to attend these outings.
Learn From the Experience of Others
Some people believe that, in order to properly ‘learn their lesson,’ they need to make a mistake themselves. Unfortunately, substance use disorder is a very dangerous disease which can quickly spiral out of control. Addiction definitely won’t give you too many opportunities to make mistakes. The consequences of such mistakes can be life threatening and can have serious repercussions on your health. If you are struggling with addiction, we urge you to contact us and get help immediately.
That being said, you can actually learn a lot from the experience of other people who are going through a struggle that is similar to yours. Group therapy sessions have an important place in our treatment programs. All group sessions are led by qualified experts, and you’ll be able to participate in discussions and interact with others. We have a 12 step recovery program, and you will be paired with a sponsor who can offer you support and advice.
It is recommended that you continue attending meetings even after you complete your rehab programs. Taking part in group activities has a direct correlation with long term sobriety, and is considered one of the key factors which let individuals become productive members of society. Relying on the support of others who are understanding and compassionate to your situation can help you maintain sobriety.
Build Lasting Friendships
Even after they have completed their programs and stopped being our patients, the doors of Bright Futures are always open for all of our previous clients. We believe that recovery doesn’t stop after you have completed your programs. Having support and belonging to a community is crucial for maintaining sobriety. For this reason, we strive to help our patients form strong relationships and lasting friendships. Once you come to us seeking our aid, you will always be a member of the Bright Futures family.
Those who have completed their therapy become Bright Futures Alumni, and we welcome them to share their insight and experience. We often invite them to support our current patients, and they frequently participate in our outings and barbecues. Alumni meetings are organized every month, and we love having guest speakers who can talk about their journey to sobriety.
Taking part in sober activities that can be fun and healing is also a great way to form connections to other patients and build lasting friendships. Our patients regularly support each other even after completing therapy. You shouldn’t be alone on your road to recovery, and we are here to offer you help. We will also give you plenty of opportunities to make friends during your progress towards sobriety. Group meetings are encouraged, and we’ll try to help patients maintain their support network.
The Stages of Addiction and Healing
Just as patients go through various stages of clinical addiction treatment, so too must they go through a personal journey and learn to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. In order to reach sobriety, the most important decision you will need to make is to ask for help. The first steps are always the hardest, and we realize that asking for help can be extremely difficult. Unfortunately, the road ahead is going to be long and filled with doubts. But trust us, there is hope and you can get better.
Once you go through your initial detox and overcome the withdrawal symptoms there is still a lot of work that needs to be done:
- Come to terms with yourself. Even noticing the signs that it’s time to get help is a huge step towards recovery. However, you will also need to deal with your feelings of guilt and shame and start to forgive yourself.
- Become comfortable alone with your own thoughts. Patients in recovery often have self esteem issues. Thankfully, we can help you build a better image of yourself.
- Form bonds with others. If you want to be a productive member of society, you will need to rely on other people. For this reason we include group sessions in our therapy. However, you can also make a lot of progress by taking part in fun activities. There you can learn to depend on others, and experience the joys of helping them and collaborating.
How to Enter Rehab
You can become a part of the Bright Futures family by going through our admissions process. Just contact our admissions staff and they can answer all of your questions and help you enter rehab. We have streamlined the procedure to enter rehab and made it fast and comfortable. Our admission coordinators will ask you a few initial questions and give you an initial assessment. This is done to determine which type of treatment is best suited to your needs. During this time, they can also answer any questions regarding therapy you may have.
It is also possible to use health insurance to cover the costs of treatment. We have a list of the insurance providers which are accepted in Bright Futures. However, you can also enter rehab even if you don’t have health insurance. During your admission process, our staff can verify your insurance information and tell you about your benefits. In case your insurance doesn’t cover all of the costs of treatment, you can pay for the remainder. We can work out a flexible payment plan that is suited to your needs.
Who is Accepted at Bright Futures for Rehab?
Individuals suffering from substance use disorder sometimes wonder if their specific type of addiction can be treated at Bright Futures. It’s definitely true that there are differences in treatment which can depend on the type of substance you are abusing. However, we actually create a fully personalized treatment plan for each of our patients. This means that, regardless of the substance you’re addicted to, we can surely create a program suited to your needs.
Our most commonly attended rehab programs are for patients dealing with:
- Alcohol addiction. We offer complete treatment for alcohol addiction according to the 12 step program where you will be given a sponsor.
- Drug addiction. Sadly, there are many forms of illegal drugs which all require drug addiction therapy. Fortunately, our master’s level clinical staff has them all covered.
- Meth addiction. One of the most devastating drugs to the body is methamphetamine, and we offer Meth rehab including partial hospitalization and outpatient care.
- Heroin addiction. Heroin is an incredibly addictive illegal drug, and you should immediately seek Heroin rehab before your condition worsens.
- Crack Cocaine addiction. Due to its concentrated form Crack Cocaine is extremely addictive, and it’s possible to become addicted after just one use. Thankfully, you can enter rehab for Crack Cocaine and begin treatment.
- Prescription medication addiction. The opioid epidemic is currently running rampant. We offer prescription medication rehab and educate patients on the proper use of medicaments.
Why Choose Bright Futures?
Finding the right treatment center can depend on several factors. First of all, you want to choose a facility that has a stellar reputation for helping people overcome addiction. Additionally, you should make sure that they can treat your addiction, and that their staff is certified. At the Bright Futures Treatment Center, all of the staff is fully licensed, and most importantly they will also treat you with kindness and respect.
We also believe that an important part of recovery is finding sober activities that can be fun and healing. A large part of therapy is devoted to showing you the joy and excitement that can be had while sober. Of course, we understand that the best environment to recover in needs to make you feel safe. For this reason we provide our patients with luxury residential housing to make stay in our facility comfortable and relaxing. In a supportive environment and the stunning Florida scenery, it’s hard not to have fun while you are in therapy.
Fun and Sober Activities can Prevent Relapse
Once your therapy is completed and you leave our facility, we hope that you will remember the lessons you learned during your stay. You should talk to your family and loved ones and explain that you desire to live in a healthy environment. Tell them how important their support will be, and ask them to help you maintain your sobriety. Your family and friends have an important role to play in relapse prevention. They can provide you with a substance free environment and understand your desire to remain sober.
Most importantly, they can support you by joining you in the sober activities that can be fun and healing. Spending quality time with your loved ones can be a rewarding experience that brings you closer. A key component of relapse prevention is being a productive member of society, why shouldn’t you have fun in the process?
As soon as you decide that you want to get better and lead a sober and healthy life, you have already made a huge step towards your recovery. Feel free to reach out to us, and we can help you enter rehab and begin your therapy. One of the most important things you will learn in rehab is sober activities that can be fun and healing. You can continue to enjoy those activities and have fun even after you complete your programs. A sober life is waiting for you; all you need to do is enter rehab.