When you’re recovering from addiction, you need to find a rehab center in the right environment for you. You need to be in a location that will allow you to focus on all aspects of your wellbeing, as well as an environment that’s beneficial for your physical body and your mental and emotional health.
In many ways, the state your rehab center calls home matters just as much as the treatment program you choose. Recovering in a bustling city can be overwhelming and stressful. Trying to regain control of your life in a state with challenging weather may make you feel depressed.
Known for outdoor activities, great weather, and scenic but serene landscapes, Arizona is a wonderful place to recover from substance use challenges. Outdoor adventures can help revive your physical body, while the state’s stunning natural beauty makes it easy to meditate and practice mindfulness. In addition to that, Arizona’s great year-round weather reduces your likelihood of experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD). All of these characteristics can help you maintain strong emotional and mental health, which can make addiction treatment more effective.
The Benefits of Seeking Recovery in Arizona
#1. A Climate That Helps The Recovery Process
Arizona has a dry climate with very little rainfall. In the summer, temperatures range from 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Most cities in Arizona have winter temperatures that range from 40 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to that, the state offers a lot of sunshine, with an average of 300 sunny days per year. You may not realize it right away, but good weather can help the recovery process.
Recovering from addiction is incredibly rewarding, but it isn’t easy. Detox and withdrawal can be difficult, dealing with cravings can feel overwhelming, and uncovering challenging truths about your behavior patterns might make you feel resistant. Luckily, great weather and plenty of sunshine are scientifically proven to boost your mood.
- A University of Michigan (UM) study found that people who spent at least 30 minutes outside in pleasant weather had happier moods.
- Another study revealed that being outside could lead to a better mindset and reduced stress.
- You’re also more likely to get vitamin D, which is also known as “the sunshine vitamin,” when the weather’s nice. When you do, you reduce your risk of depression and seasonal affective disorder.
#2. Outdoors Activities to Enhance Your Overall Health
You probably know that exercise is good for you, but it’s beneficial for the recovery process, too. Exercise is a great way to divert your drug or alcohol cravings towards a more positive outlet. Instead of turning to your old habit of substance use, you can turn to exercise instead.
Physical fitness is a constructive coping mechanism, as well. When you’re stressed out or looking for a way to ease anxiety, disappointment, anger, or frustration, you can use physical activities to cope.
Fortunately, Arizona is known for its range of outdoor activities. The state is full of national parks, forest areas, mountain ranges, and canyons. When you choose Arizona as a location for drug rehab, you can enjoy hiking trails, mountain biking, and skiing. The state also has many opportunities for climbing, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, and camping.
For example, you may want to trek the Grand Canyon, hike to Devil’s Bridge, climb down into Lava River Cave, walk the trail that follows Fossil Creek, or hike SP Crater, a dormant volcano. Whatever activities you choose, you’ll find a healthy outlet to energize your body and cope with challenges that are often associated with addiction recovery.
Physical fitness can also help enhance your overall health by:
- Making you feel happier
- Strengthening your muscles and bones
- Increasing your energy levels
- Reducing your risk of chronic disease
- Boosting your brain health and memory
- Helping you relax and sleep better
- Reducing pain
#3. Tranquil Landscape Promotes Brain Health
Arizona’s calming landscape is another reason you should consider the state as an option for your rehabilitation from substance use. A large part of addiction treatment deals with cognitive function and behavior patterns. But changing your habits and rewiring your brain isn’t a small feat, and sometimes, this process can be stressful and overwhelming. Being in nature amid a tranquil environment may help to take the edge off. Nature can help:
- Clear your mind
- Give your brain the downtime it needs to recharge
- Lower stress hormone levels
While Arizona has several major cities, the state’s natural beauty provides you with plenty of open space to center and calm yourself. Hot springs, waterfalls, and desert plains are all powerful places to meditate and practice mindfulness. Both of these practices help improve your brain health. As you will learn in cognitive behavioral therapy, when your mind is healthy, you’re much more likely to make healthier choices, too.
An Environment Where You Can Thrive
Here at StoneRidge Centers, we pride ourselves on being located in an environment where you can thrive. Our facility is located in the heart of Prescott Valley, just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, surrounded by a stunning mountain range, red rock, and picturesque, panoramic vistas. When your recovery journey gets difficult, you can step right outdoors, take a deep breath, and calm your mind. You’ll spend time in a place that’s serene, supportive, refreshing, and full of sober activities. At the same time, you’ll recover from the addiction that’s hindered you from living the life you’ve always wanted.
Our staff is committed to providing you with expert brain science and compassionate care. So call us today at 928-583-7799 if you’re looking for a rehab center in an environment that’s designed to help you thrive. We’re ready, willing, and happy to invite you to our Arizona oasis.
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