At Colton, we believe fitness and recreation should be a critical part of every treatment plan. Exercise provides endorphins, which is what addicts refer to as “the high” they are chasing with substances. Exercise is a healthy and legal alternative to the substance abuse that they are here to treat. It can also become a healthy hobby that provides great stability in their lives. Long after they leave Colton, we often get calls from patients thanking us for introducing them to their new passion in life.
Currently, we offer:
- Yoga (including sound yoga)
- Running (we even have a local marathon that many patients compete in)
- Horseback riding (there is a stable on the premises and many wonderful scenic trails)
- Rock climbing
- White water rafting (we offer a course in this and have experienced instructors who go with patients)
- Massage therapy
- Weight training
We also offer team sports, which we find provides a different dimension for patients and in many cases can be very therapeutic because it builds bonds among peers. Right now, we have quite a few offerings that include:
We have an indoor gymnasium with a rock-climbing wall. Due to our inclement winters, we find it is best to have a large indoor space for our residents to exercise in case we get snowed in. While of course none of these activities are compulsory, we encourage patients to consider yoga, because of its calming and de-stressing properties. Most patients do end up taking at least a few yoga classes before they “graduate” our program, with great results. We encourage our patients to take massage therapy as well as acupuncture because we like to combine natural remedies with our other therapeutic techniques. We find this yields the best results and our patients tend to agree with us.