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Making the Most of Summer in Recovery

by HealthCare Resource Centers Clinical Team

Summertime is an excellent opportunity to enjoy celebrating life free from the perils of addiction, whether it’s the first sober summer or one of many. The warm summer months are especially important for those who live in the northern states, where winters are long and in-between seasons tend to favor more inclement weather. Though plenty of parties and barbeques are happening all season long, there are other ways to enjoy the long summer days!

Adventure and Exploration

Taking a local trip through a spot abundant in nature is a perfect way to spend a summer day, especially for city dwellers. The best part? It’s probably free! There are thousands of forest preserves and nature trails across the country that are sadly forgotten, but that’s great news for people who want some peace and quiet to be one with Mother Nature. Spending time outdoors has shown to have a handful of health benefits, including sharpening critical thinking skills, mood regulation, improving memory, decreasing stress levels, and much more.

Water Therapy

People who are lucky enough to live near lakes, rivers, and oceans or have access to swimming pools that aren’t cram-packed with people all summer should take advantage! For those who aren’t so fortunate, there are affordable inflatable pools for adults these days, seriously! Enjoying some time submerged in water isn’t just a great way to cool off in the sweltering heat, even if it’s just a wading pool. Numerous studies show that spending time in or near water can significantly improve physical and mental health.

Warm Weather Exercise

Those limited by harsh winters for more than half of the year should seize the opportunity to engage in some summertime physical activity before cool fall days come rolling in. Things like bike riding, kayaking, paddle boarding, outdoor yoga, hiking, and so many more options are out there! Regular exercise has been shown to help people in recovery improve their overall mental and physical health while also providing a great way to help rewire parts of the brain that are most affected by chronic substance misuse.

One important thing to keep in mind this summer is prioritizing self-care in recovery. Invitations for get-togethers will be pouring in, but not every social situation will be ideal. Saving energy for people who are most valuable and supportive of recovery is the best way to go and will make it easier to decline invites to parties that may trigger substance use and people.

HCRC has its doors open all summer long, ready to help those looking to overcome their addiction and work towards a life of long-lasting recovery and good health. The specialized medical providers and nursing staff at HCRC clinics understand the disease of substance use disorder and work together with patients to provide comprehensive, effective treatment. Message or call an HCRC location to learn more about available treatment programs. There is life after addiction; make this summer one to remember and take a step towards recovery today.

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Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Health Care Resource Centers is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. HCRC is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing addiction treatment services for over 32 years in the New England area.

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