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3 Awesome Hikes in Orange County for People in Recovery

Recovery Alexa Iocco | December 29, 2021

3 Awesome Hikes in Orange County for People in Recovery

Benefits of Hiking for People in Recovery 

During the time that you’re in recovery, you will learn several new and different things both about your addiction as well as about yourself. Your treatment team will encourage you to take full advantage of the things that you learn during the course of your recovery because they will only help you to continue to grow and develop after battling against your addiction. One of the things that you may come to find that you truly enjoy is going on a hike. Some of the reasons why going on a hike can benefit a person that is going through addiction recovery includes: 

Seeing things that you may have not seen before 

Did you know that you can walk down a hiking trail and see new things that you may not have noticed the first time around? Better yet, usually, a hiking trail will have several different sub trails that you can experience either during your initial hike or you can enjoy on a different day. Whether you go on an easy hike or a more challenging one, you may want to bring your camera along so that you can capture all of these incredible sites. 

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Something you can do on your own or in a group 

One of the best parts about going on a hike is the fact that it’s something that you can decide to do on your own or with a group of friends or family members. If you’re struggling to reestablish your relationship with your loved one after working through a treatment program, organizing a hike can be a wonderful option because it will give you time to enjoy the great outdoors and talk. Remember, you don’t have to talk about anything serious. Instead, you can just focus on being together and enjoying each other’s company. 

Spending Time in Nature is Good for the Body, Mind and Spirit

Have you ever noticed that you feel calmer and more at ease when you’re outside? If so, you wouldn’t be the first person to feel that way. Spending time outside brings with it a sense of calm that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Being in the sun can also boost your Vitamin D level which is something that you may have been unknowingly lacking during the time that you were in active addiction. When you spend time in nature, you can reset your body, mind, and spirit which can put you in a better mentality when it comes to tackling different aspects of not only your day but your life in general. 

Benefits of Exercise for Addiction Recovery

Something that any top-notch treatment facility will encourage a client to do is to participate in different forms of exercise. Exercise is key to addiction recovery for several reasons. Over and above getting your body moving, there are also psychological benefits to working out as well. Here are some examples: 

Try something new 

If you have never worked out before, you may find that it’s something that you genuinely enjoy because there are several different options that you have when it comes to exercise. If you don’t think that hiking is for you, then you can find another form of exercise that you can enjoy. Whether you go for a run, a walk, strength training, or simply decide to go to the gym and work with a personal trainer, you can always learn and enjoy something new when you go to work out. 

A stress release 

Remember, just because you went through a treatment program doesn’t mean that you will never feel any amount of stress in your life again. The key is learning how to be able to manage it. Exercise can help you do just that. Setting aside time either every day or a few times a week to work out can help you to manage the stress that you may be feeling. 

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Best Hikes in Orange County 

There are plenty of great places to go for a hike throughout Orange County. Before you venture out, however, it’s important that you take the time to thoroughly prepare for your hike. For example, a good rule of thumb may be to pack a backpack filled with snacks and a drink so this way you can stop, take a break and refuel during your hike. Something else that you should always consider is what you are going to wear while you’re out on your hike. Regardless of whether you are going on an easy hike or a more challenging one, you should always make sure that you’re wearing comfortable sneakers, apply sunscreen, wear the right type of clothing and bring bug spray with you. Taking all of these steps will make your hike that much more enjoyable. When you’re ready to narrow down a location for your hike, here are some options that you may want to consider. 

If you’re new to hikes, you may want to start your hiking journeys with Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This hike is considered to be an easy two-mile loop during which you will steadily climb to approximately 100 feet. These wide trails are well marked so you don’t need to worry about getting lost during your adventure. Since this trail is so easy to navigate, it also makes it the perfect option for a person that may be interested in bringing their little one on the adventure with them. 

You can access Carbon Canyon Regional Park at 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, California 92823.

If you’re ready to test your hiking skills, then you should make time to visit Aliso and Wood Canyons, Wilderness Park. This hiking trail is designated as being strenuous due in large part to the fact that it spans approximately 11 miles. Along your journey, you will see incredible caverns, beautiful mountains as well as panoramas. This trail features a 1,000-foot gain that will truly test your hiking skills and abilities. 

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is located at 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, California 92677.

Are you in the mood for a middle-of-the-ground hike that presents a slight challenge but not one that will take you all day? The Dana Point Headlands, also known as The Strand, maybe the perfect option for you. This hiking trail spans approximately 3 miles with an incline of 450 feet which means that you will certainly be challenging but not so overwhelming where you feel as though you may not finish. One of the reasons why so many people enjoy this hiking trail is because it’s untraditional in the sense that you are close to the water. Instead of walking through a multitude of trees or grassy areas, you can still hike while being able to breathe in the fresh ocean air. 

Dana Point Headlands (The Strand) is located at 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, California 92629

Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support at Resurgence Behavioral Health 

The Resurgence Behavioral Health team makes themselves readily available to provide you with nothing short of the best options when it comes to addiction treatment and recovery. One of the reasons why we consider ourselves to be the best in the industry is because we have an understanding that, for many people, addiction treatment needs to start in a detox facility. A detox program will give you the safe and sober environment that you need as you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms that you may feel within the first few hours and days of your newfound sobriety. You should never attempt to go through this process on your own as it could be potentially dangerous and life-threatening. 

Once you complete your time in a detox program, you can then focus on committing to an inpatient or an outpatient treatment plan. It’s important to remember that it’s not enough to simply go through detox. There is also a psychological aspect of addiction recovery as well which is something that will be addressed during the time that you’re in recovery. This is something that is primarily done through participating in different forms of therapy. 

Therapy helps you to address the traumas or the triggers in your life that may have led you down the road of your addiction. For example, group therapy can help you to understand that you are not alone in what you may be thinking and feeling when it comes to different aspects of your addiction. Also, group therapy can help you to build your system of support. In turn, individual therapy gives you the platform to talk about events that you may not feel comfortable sharing in a group setting while making any changes that you need in your treatment plan.  

Are you interested in learning more about how the Resurgence Behavioral Health team can help you to navigate the ins and outs of your drug or alcohol addiction? We encourage you to reach out to us and learn more about our treatment programs and give us a call at (855) 458-0050. 

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