Recreation Therapy

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What is Recreation Therapy?

Recovery is a new way of living life. Living clean and sober opens people up to whole new ways of having fun and enjoying life. Our program strives to introduce clients to this new way of living by incorporating wellness, activities, outings, and recreation.

In Addiction, wellness wasn’t a priority, and neither was recreation. Addiction may start out fun, but it rarely ends that way. For many people, old hobbies and interests fall by the wayside while the pursuit of using drugs or alcohol takes center stage. Some people begin using so early on in life that they never get the opportunity to discover who they are or what they like. People new to recovery often have to learn or relearn how to enjoy activities that other people take for granted. They also have to learn to choose healthy recreation that nurtures their body and their mind. Recreational activities are an important part of our wellness program.

What Does Our Recreation Program Consist Of?

We are lucky to have our program location situated in one of the most beautiful areas on the west coast. With Yosemite as our backdrop, it is only natural that many of our recreational activities would be centered around the outdoors.

Nature is abundant here, and it offers numerous opportunities to get out, stretch, breath the fresh, crisp air, and get moving. Hiking, walking the grounds, exploring crystal clear creeks, and just sitting and listening to the sounds of the vast outdoors can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. This environment heals and challenges the body, mind, and spirit.

Outings Help Build Cooperation, Community, and Leadership

Whether it is going out for a group hike or boating around the lake, our outings are an opportunity to build and improve interpersonal skills, confidence, leadership, and communication. These are basic skills that are needed after treatment to begin building a life that is productive and satisfying. Persons who are lacking these basic skills upon leaving treatment are more susceptible to relapse.

How Physical Fitness Fits Into Recovery

Recovery is a process, and healing the body is a part of that process. Participating in physical fitness is a good way to begin that process and keep it going. Whether it is going for a walk or a jog, or organizing an impromptu game of catch, getting moving is a great way to not only get exercise but also to have fun.

Spending time in nature has long been known to have a healing effect on the body and mind. Here you will find nature at its finest, with mountains and valleys, waterfalls, and caves. Plenty of trees and lush foliage and green space to roam around. There are boating activities, swimming, and more. There is time and space to sit and reflect, and plenty of opportunities to socialize in a relaxed, natural atmosphere.

Being physically active, whether working out at the gym, hiking a challenging trail, or playing a team sport, is a proven self-esteem builder. Learning to rely on your body and building strength, endurance and competence increases confidence.

Most importantly, though, recreation gives clients the opportunity to discover who they are, and what they enjoy and to develop new interests and passions that they will carry with them after treatment. This helps create an identity beyond the identity that they carried as an active addict. This identity has limited them in the past. By letting go of this false identity and beginning to forge a more authentic one, the foundation of true recovery is built.

First Steps recreation program schedules regular outings and field trips to locations such as Yosemite National Park,  the Underground Gardens at Chamber Lake, numerous hiking trails, boating trips, and more.

Where To Get Help For Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, our treatment program can help. First Steps offers a flexible program that is tailored to the individual. We offer cutting-edge addiction therapies in a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere. Our program can help you overcome addiction and start living the life you deserve. Call 1-844-BIG-STEP to learn more about our program.

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Variety of Holistic Experiential Therapies We Offer

We offer a variety of holistic therapies to our clients, both experiential and evidence-based. These therapies help our clients to get in touch with their minds and bodies while undergoing treatment, promoting a sense of peace and wellness.
Art Therapy

Art therapy programs allow clients to use their creativity and imagination to make create art that expresses what they truly feel in a healthy and productive way.

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Equine Therapy

Equine therapy works with clients that have behavior issues, autism, and developmental disabilities and works with vets suffering from PTSD.

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Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy is a therapeutic intervention that utilizes nature as a backdrop, and adventure and exploration as a tool for growth and self-discovery.

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Music Therapy

Music therapy in a drug treatment setting utilizes music and various forms of musical expression in order for clients to self‐reflect as well as to assess where they are at right now and where they want to be in their recovery.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga utilizes physical postures and controlled breathing that help lengthen and strengthen the spine, increase flexibility, and help calm the mind.

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Recreation Therapy

Recreation recovery is a new way of living life. Living clean and sober opens people up to whole new ways of having fun and enjoying life.

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Physical Therapy

Physical wellness plays a huge part in the success of recovery. Maintaining a healthy weight, and getting the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and proteins are all essential to repairing the damage done by drugs and alcohol.

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Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on learning to notice thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without automatic responses.

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Our PHP allows you to continue your addiction treatment program without residing at the inpatient facility.
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My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

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I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

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