Riverside Recovery provides recovery treatment using a multidisciplinary approach that heals the whole person — mentally, physically and spiritually. Along with psychotherapeutic modalities aimed at healing the mind and soul, we provide a range of therapies and services that focus on holistic wellness, including meditation and mindfulness, recreation-based therapies and nutritious meals for residents. Our physical therapy team plays an integral part in the planning and delivery of our body-oriented treatments, and provides other specialized services including exercise therapy, strength training, yoga and massage therapy.
At Riverside Recovery, we are dedicated to offering our clients therapies that are engaging, sustainable and effective, and we know that physical therapy can be all of this and more. We have seen first-hand the ways in which physical therapy can help heal someone struggling with substance abuse, both in their short-term recovery treatment with us and in their long-term independent life.
At its core, addiction is a habit. Those who struggle with addiction turn to drugs or alcohol because they rely on it to feel a certain way, to calm certain feelings or to cope with certain triggers. Many modern rehabilitation facilities, Riverside Recovery included, focus on this fact and strive to replace the unhealthy habits of addiction with positive and sustainable ones. Physical therapy is one of the avenues through which we accomplish this.
Our physical therapists not only help our clients heal their current physical ailments, but they also educate clients about managing long-term health. When clients gain knowledge about wellness, exercise and diet, they can continue to care for themselves in independent life. In the context of addiction recovery, these habits of self-care are intended to replace those of self-harm. At Riverside Recovery, we encourage our clients to engage in physical activity that they enjoy — our physical therapists help administer and coordinate activities including strength training, yoga and outdoor recreational therapies like hiking or kayaking. These methods of exercise can quickly become hobbies that can replace drug or alcohol use, and in many cases can even serve as an outlet or coping mechanism in times of difficulty or in the face of cravings.