Mens Residential Treatment
As part of our mission to teach our residents that it is indeed possible to have fun in sobriety, we recently took our Friar House Stage 1 recovery group to a local Go-Kart track and let them run wild in this positive and fun-filled environment. Closely supervised by three trained staff members, residents were allowed to hang out, race go-karts and play video games in the arcade! The residents had an absolute blast, and even some of the staff members participated in the races. The day was an total success.
Go-Kart racing is just one of the many fun activities we allow our residents to participate in. Whether it be jumping around at the trampoline hall, feeling the adrenaline rush of a paintball game or the exciting rush of accomplishment caused by standing up on a surfboard for the first time, we strive to squash the delusion that the only thing to do in sobriety is attend AA meetings and participate in therapy groups. In our unique approach to men’s residential treatment, no day is boring. We believe that once one learns to appreciate the joy of simple, yet exciting things, he is more likely to stay sober in the long run.
One of the hardest parts of getting sober is retuning the pleasure threshold, which obviously becomes extremely volatile during active addiction. In addiction, the addict learns to accept the pleasure caused by drugs as what is a normal level. This is one of the many factors that go into why addictions are so hard to break. In early sobriety, things that would otherwise seem exhilarating seem dull or boring because of the altered pleasure index. We attempt to reset the pleasure index, and do this through a series of experiential therapy sessions, which include indoor skydiving, equine therapy and surf therapy. Through these fun and self-revealing therapies, as well as other fun events, such as go-karting, the pleasure index begins to revert itself back to a manageable level, and only then can the addict be truly helped.