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Avalon Malibu Treatment Center offers a range of useful recreation options to help clients to recreate a happier, healthier and balanced lifestyle. Through the use of art therapy, group and individual sports, and other treatments serve a purpose that goes far beyond entertainment in an effort to restructure the self.
We also provide a selection of relaxation and stress management opportunities, including meditation and yoga. Through participating in these activities, clients learn how to self-regulate psychological tensions, which is why these practices are especially helpful for those with co-occurring depression and anxiety disorders.
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Contemporary research has shown that therapeutic lifestyle influences can often be as effective as psychological or pharmaceutical approaches to treating a broad range of addictions and disorders. By making a few fundamental lifestyle changes in recovery, we contribute to our clients’ increased sense of well-being and overall improved physical health.
Exercise is critical during the recovery process. It helps reduce both physical and psychological stress by relieving tension and releasing negative emotions that have been bottled up. When focusing on a particular exercise, they’re able to release mental and physical energy that might be otherwise channeled into less productive activities.
Exercise also positively alters brain chemistry. Physical fitness allows the body to release endorphins, which produce a natural high that helps them to feel better and teaches their bodies how to regulate their mood in a healthy way.
Working out allows clients to block out the rest of the world and focus only on themselves and what they’re engaged in. Clients will likely finish a workout feeling more optimistic, rejuvenated, and confident, with an improved outlook on life.
Nutrition helps those who are recovering from addiction feel better by giving the body energy, building and repairing organ tissue, and strengthening the immune system. Often, those who abuse drugs or alcohol suffer from severe internal damage to their vital organs. Good nutrition gives them the building blocks they need to repair that damaged tissue.
Nutrition also helps with emotional balance. A healthy diet can chemically affect the brain and influence how you behave. Those with poor diets are more likely to relapse due to the ongoing destruction of their organs and their negative effects of certain foods on their body and emotions.
To ensure our clients receive the very best nutrition during their healing process, our gourmet chefs prepare a healthy and varied menu each day, using the freshest, organic-based ingredients available.
The healing and calming properties of time spent in nature are well known. Getting away from media overload reduces stress, and silence allows for focused introspection.
Sunlight also has a huge effect on mood, and its absence can cause increased depression and anxiety. Spending days outside in the sun can lift their mood and increase confidence and optimism, which is essential to recovery.
Our location, above the majestic Pacific Ocean in Malibu, allows ample opportunity to spend time communing with nature.