There is a lot to consider when choosing where to go to treatment. You want to find a place that has the right supports, including licensed therapists, a safe environment, and individualized treatment that focuses on you. Once you know what you’re looking for in general, you can narrow down what you’re looking for as far as what place looks like it will be comfortable and suit your individual needs. There are some very good reasons you would do well if you sought treatment in Southern California.
Getting away from your home environment and its triggers
Even though you will miss them and you may view them as your biggest supports, your friends and relatives will keep reminding you of how you were thinking during the roughest part of your addiction. Without meaning to, the people closest to you will bring you into their drama. Getting away from other problem places is good too, such as bars you used to frequent or other places that remind you too much of your old habits. You may have “triggers” that can bring you right back into your old way of thinking.
A simple change of scenery
When you are in a different place, you can get more of a feeling that you are starting your life over. Everything is new again, and the possibilities are endless. Being in a different place can help you achieve longer term sobriety by helping you off to a good start. You don’t want to look too far into the future, because you are going to start living one day at a time, but you can find a place that helps you see everything in a new way.
Even if your family and friends support your recovery, you will feel more comfortable, especially in early recovery, if you feel as though you have some privacy. Even if you don’t want to hide anything, you will feel less self-conscious if you know that your loved ones can’t just drop in any time without warning. When you staying in Southern California and attending therapy, going to meetings, and learning how to meditate, you can focus on yourself and what you need to accomplish.
You can enjoy the weather
Southern California isn’t just far from home — it offers the most amazing weather all year round. That means that when you are in recovery you can enjoy the outdoors, meditate outside, see the sights, and take advantage of everything the area has to offer no matter when you go. The constant sunshine has a psychological effect too, helping fight depression and combat other conditions that go along with darkness and bad weather, like obesity.
The natural life
As part of your recovery, you can enjoy all the natural wonders Southern California has to offer. You can visit beaches, swim, hike, or just enjoy the scenery. Because of the area, there are also adventure sports you can take part in. For those who enjoy a feeling of excitement, adventure sports can provide that feeling of excitement in a safe setting. You can try cave diving, bodyboarding, hang gliding, kite surfing, or a multitude of other fun sports. You will get multiple advantages from finding sports you enjoy:
- The exercise will help you regain your health
- When you are having fun, you avoid boredom, which is dangerous in sobriety
- You challenge yourself and succeed, increasing your self-confidence
- When you are exercising and having fun, you aren’t having negative thoughts
Is addiction treatment in California right for you?
Grace Recovery has multiple levels of care that are tailored to suit the individual needs of each client. We offer compassionate, holistic care, and we use both traditional and evidence-based methods. You can take advantage of everything from acupuncture to support groups to psychoeducation to trauma-informed yoga.
We recognize that everyone is on a different path, and our job is to help you find your own way. If you think you could benefit from our program in Los Angeles, California, please don’t hesitate to call today.