A New Form of Salt Water Therapy
At Ocean Recovery, we like to work our namesake into the various services we offer. And why wouldn’t we? As I wrote in the blog on salt water therapy back in March, simply being by the ocean both engages your senses and promotes a relaxed, meditative state. Furthermore, the beach is 90 feet away from us. It would be ridiculous not to use such a wonderful tool that is, essentially, right in our backyard. With this in mind, Ocean Recovery now offers surf therapy as a form of treatment for men and women suffering from addiction, eating disorders, and other co-occurring disorders.
At the Cutting Edge
According to an article by the Washington Post, the Navy is spending $1 million on research to determine the therapeutic value of surfing for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or insomnia. However, to military personnel who have been working with the program, that value is already apparent. The article quotes Capt. Eric Stedje-Larsen as saying, “We all know it’s good; we can see it…For some folks, there is nothing like it. But we need science to get the administration on board.” An even more telling quote comes from Nick Horin, a veteran of combat in Iraq: “I had a lot of anger after Iraq; I wanted to hurt people…Surfing is the only way to take the edge off my anger without drinking or taking drugs.”
The Benefits of Surf Therapy
The benefits of surfing read like a list of topics that this blog has already covered. Mindfulness? Check. Surfing demands the type of attention that requires a person to be in the present moment. Exercise? Oh yes. Surfing is physically demanding and the endorphins that come with it are great for the brain in recovery. Building a support network? In the WaPo article, Helen Metzger, head of the health and wellness department at Naval Medical Center San Diego, says, “They talk about surfing and then it gets into things that are deeper than that, common experiences, common traumas.”
Build Your Foundation for Hope
The Navy may still be studying it but those of us on the front lines of recovery know surf therapy works because it implements proven techniques. In addition to surf therapy, Ocean Recovery offers cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, individual counseling, nutritional counseling, and more as a holistic approach to treating addiction and eating disorders. If you or someone you know is suffering, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today.