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recreational therapy

Kickball is a great form of recreational therapy.

During recovery another great way to overcome addiction is to establish new and positive activities. Recreational therapy has been known to provide those in recovery with the necessary tools to cope with their addiction. There are a wide range of possible hobbies to engage those in recovery in a positive and drug-free lifestyle.

Here are four great recreational therapy options for addicts:


Skating is a very great coping tool that allows addicts to express themselves in very productive ways. Whether its ice or roller skating both activities can help to relieve stress and is a great relaxation technique.

Skating allows those engaged to freely express themselves creating an empowering feeling that users often associate with their drug abuse. Using activities such as skating to cope is a great way to develop discipline and patience. In order to learn a new skill these two traits are crucial because they help addicts to understand that recovery is not always perfect, there will be ups and downs.


Swimming is a great way to clear and relax your mind. Many can attest to experiencing relaxed and comfortable when participating in a swimming class or activity. Addicts who take part in swimming develop perseverance. Through swimming you learn to hone your skill to both increase speed and strength which requires perseverance. This trait is great for addicts to develop and apply to their recovery.


Dance is another past time that allows those involved to freely express their emotions and thoughts through movement. This artistry trains addicts to improve their listening skills. From listening to music, the beat, instructor and fellow dance partners’ addicts become aware of the needs of others and how their actions affect others. Addicts also develop respect for others. By listening and understanding other addict will grow to develop respect for other people and their opinions.


One of the most common forms of therapy for addicts is exercising. This activity not only provides health and wellness benefits it helps to increase focus. Addicts who exercise regularly gain more focus and better understanding of tasks. Not only do you gain focus but addicts often gain self confidence. This can stem from their outward appearance but the fulfillment of completing a task and learning a new skill often provides them with more confidence.

Some other great activities include:

  • Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Sports i.e tennis,basketball,soccer and more
  • Hiking
  • Gardening
  • Equestrian


How recreational therapy can help teens in addiction recovery
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