Surf Therapy, or Ocean Therapy, is a very recent development in psychotherapy treatment widely used for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat stress, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other life-threatening injuries. Today, addiction psychiatrists find relevant uses for Surf Therapy to treat substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders associated with drug addiction. As the name implies, Surf Therapy utilizes the ocean for its mental health benefits, such as increasing self-efficacy, alleviating insomnia, and improving cognitive concentration.
For those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, surfing is a metaphor for balance and it challenges patients to think outside of the box as they learn to balance their internal processes amidst life’s shifting, unpredictable demands. The physical challenges of surfing parallel the emotional and mental processes that the patient has long avoided when he was still shackled in addiction. Ocean therapy forces the individual to face and deal with the emotional triggers brought on by surfing, and the addiction therapist walks with the individual by helping him process feelings of disappointment, failure, loss of control and other emotional responses.
At New Method Wellness, we have a remarkable team of addiction psychiatrists and substance abuse counselors who specialize in evidence-based therapy and holistic methods to treat symptoms of dual diagnosis disorders, such as post-traumatic depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder (or manic depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other symptoms associated with substance use disorders. For more information about Surf Therapy at New Method Wellness, please contact us (866) 951-1824 today!