MOUNT VERNON — The Alcohol & Drug Freedom Center of Knox County launched a new Recovery Activities Program in June. The goal of the new program is to provide and promote healthy, drug free activities to our clients.

The program kickoff includes three age/gender specific activities. The gender specific female program started with an overnight retreat held June 15-16 at Camp Mowana in Mansfield. The participants spent their time at the Fleming Falls Lodge, surrounded with nature’s peace and tranquility. The women participated in activities such as professional neck and shoulder massages, mindfulness activities, yoga and a morning scavenger hunt. In addition, they learned how to incorporate positive life skills such as gratitude journal writing, relaxation techniques and aromatherapy for stress management.

At the close of the retreat, the women reported the event was life changing for them by helping to dispel shame about their addiction, that it helped them feel connected with other women in recovery and they learned new coping skills.

In addition, the kickoff included plans for an activity geared specifically for adolescents as well as an event for the adult male population.

Ongoing activities will include physical fitness, art therapy and various mindfulness practices utilizing multiple community resources.

The road to recovery from addiction can be difficult. It’s common for those undergoing treatment to experience stress, anxiety, remorse and even grief. Therapy can leave clients feeling drained and overwhelmed. Recovery, however, is about more than simply learning to put down drugs and alcohol. To truly heal, all aspects of self must be addressed; mind, body and soul. This program resulted from the Freedom Center staff understanding that in order to achieve long-term, sustained recovery, a variety of treatment services are needed to assist our clients along their journey.



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