People often have a misconception about fishing being a boring activity where you just sit around on a boat or shore waiting for a fish to nibble but that’s further from the truth.
This therapeutic activity is a great addition to drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs since it offers a variety of mental and physical benefits, and doesn’t take much to get started. Here in South Florida, we’re lucky enough to have many nearby fishing spots and year-round tropical weather making it a perfect place to fish. Learn more about the benefits of fishing and how it can help you or someone you love overcome addiction.
How Fishing Can Help With Addiction Treatment
Fishing can be relaxing and exciting, where you can connect to nature and yet enjoy the thrill of making a great catch. The mental and physical benefits of fishing are particularly healing for those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. See how fishing promotes mental and physical well-being:
- Fishing is a total body workout that engages your arms, back, core, and lower body. For example, casting and rowing work the small and large muscles in your hands, wrists, forearms, upper arms, and shoulders. Wading into the water and reeling in fish uses the upper and lower back. Whereas walking to a desirable fishing spot, wading through water, and navigating slippery rocks work your legs.
- Being in nature has a calming, meditative effect that decreases stress. Besides the immediate feelings of relaxation, lowering your stress can help you sleep better and decrease levels of depression and anxiety.
- Fishing also challenges your mind and allows for a healthy mental escape since it requires focus, developing a strategy, choosing the correct fly or lure, and properly presenting that lure to the fish which require critical thinking and creativity. Focusing on something outside of yourself also reduces cravings and delays instant gratification patterns typical of substance abuse.
- Fishing is a versatile activity where it can be done alone or with a small group. You can enjoy peaceful solitude or fellowship with your companions through conversation, storytelling, and laughter.
Another great thing about fishing is that anyone can do it regardless of their fitness level, age, or gender – all you need is some equipment and a place to do it.
Fishing For A Better Life in South Florida
Getting started with an addiction treatment program can be overwhelming but ‘physiotherapies’ like fishing can make it easier to transition into your new life at a residential home and rehabilitation center, while providing the mental and physical benefits to help you live a healthier life. In South Florida, you can catch a variety of fish in fresh or saltwater. Freshwater canals and ponds usually have largemouth bass and bluegills, along with exotic species like Mayan cichlids, peacock bass, oscars, and snakeheads. Besides snook and tarpon, mangrove snappers, jacks and barracudas can be caught in many saltwater canals.
Our rehabilitation home, Fortitude House, in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida offers a large backyard located directly on a canal that is perfect for fishing and connecting to nature and fellow residents. To learn more about our programs, please contact us today!