Attending treatment in the summer can seem unfair. Make the most out of your time in treatment and you will find it to be the experience of a lifetime.
Spend plenty of spare time outdoors: Treatment schedules make room for spare time without any schedule or coordination. You are able to spend your free time as you wish, which means you can sit outside. Take a walk around the grounds, catch some sun by laying outside, or take art supplies to a nearby tree for art therapy. You will not feel trapped in treatment the more you optimize your time outdoors.
Request outdoor activities and treatments: Outdoor sports and physical activities are part of the daily routine at Castle Craig. We encourage cooperative sports and fitness as part of our goal to help patients increase their health of mind, body, and spirit. Hiking is a normal part of our fitness regime as we encourage patients to explore their natural surroundings. Summertime is defined by adventures in the outdoors. In addition to your clinical therapy treatments, you can take therapy time outside, enjoying the sunshine and making unforgettable memories.
Spend time with your therapist outside: Who says therapy has to be done in an office? When you are at a treatment center like Castle Craig, you are surrounded by fifty beautiful acres of lush green hillsides and woodlands. There is ample area to take a therapeutic walk or sit beneath a tree. Ask your therapist to help you make the most of the beautiful summer season by spending your individual sessions outside. Being in nature will support your emotional recovery as well as your physical recovery.
Plan for friends to visit: Your fear of missing out will be lessened if your friends and family come to visit you while you are in treatment. Summer can be difficult to plan because everyone has holidays scheduled. Your loving and supportive friends just might plan their holiday around coming to visit you and explore where you are living in the beautiful Scottish borders. By visiting with friends, you will be validated in your treatment experience and reminded that you are still loved and supported by your friends, no matter where you are.
Remember treatment is temporary, recovery is a life time: Spending the summer in a treatment programme is not the end of things. Remember, that this time in treatment is only a few weeks for just one summer of your life. By participating in treatment you will be able to spend many more summers living your life clean and sober from drugs and alcohol, with renewed purpose, in good health.
For information on the residential programmes at Castle Craig for addiction and concurrent mental health issues, call our 24 hour free confidential phone-line: 0808 256 5570. From outside the UK please call: +44 1721 788 006.