California Lovin’

California is the most visited state in all of the great U.S. of A. In 2012 alone, the state greeted over 215.1 million domestic trips. The variety of experiences California offers is hard to compete with. As a born and bred local, I admit we are not shy about bragging, “You can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon.”

As amazing as California is, our rehab clients arrive with just as much anticipation as agony. Thankfully, receiving drug and alcohol treatment on the sands of the world renown Newport Beach softens the blow of the colossal life change that comes with addiction recovery. As well, the families of our clients also incur the pain of watching a child, parent or partner go through treatment. Which is why Family Week was created.

Family Week is where we invite the families of our clients to visit the beautiful facilities, support their loved one by attending group therapy sessions and take educational classes to better understand the disease of addiction. This program was created with the intention of restoring authentic connection within the family unit.

Family Week is rewarding, but it can also be emotionally and spiritually draining. Which is why I encourage families to tack on a few extra days in the great state of California and take time to reflect and rejuvenate. Below are a few of my favorite places to do so:

Crystal Cove Beach Cottage’s 

California is noted for it’s beaches and in my local girl opinion, Laguna Beach is the creme de la creme! Consider a stay at the Crystal Cove Beach Cottage’s in Laguna Beach. Built back in the 1940’s, these cottages have been restored to mint condition. A cottage rental is perfect for you if you’d like to walk the beach in the morning, read a book on the sand in the afternoon and watch the sunset in the evening-all with your cottage right behind you on the sand. Cottage rentals start at $162 per night.

Specialized Activities

The February 2011 article by Harvard University Medical School states, “Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.” If after Family Week you’re feeling tense, take action to release it in a fun way with Specialized Activities. Specialized Activities offers:

  • Surf lessons
  • Paddle board lessons
  • Guided hikes
  • Guided biking tours
  • Kayaking
  • Concierge team building events

All throughout the bays, oceans and trails of Southern California.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs  

Glen Ivy Hot Springs’ history dates back to the 1860’s when it was known as Temescal Sulfur Springs. Owned by Native Americans who believed the Earth itself was sacred; the springs were a special place to celebrate rites of passage and renewal, and to be thankful to the Great Spirit. They believed the warm soothing waters had spiritual power to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Today, Glen Ivy offers mud baths, a grotto experience, massages, facials, nail treatments, spectacular pools and cuisine to enjoy amidst the California sun.

Deep Creek Hot Springs 

Are the mountains more your jam? Well, California has you covered! Visit Apple Valley for a hike which will lead you to healing hot (and cold) springs. Pack a lunch for the day and spend the day maxin’ the relaxin’ among the trees and water.

Redwood Canopy Tours 

Perhaps extreme adventure raises your spirit more than a massage or a hot spring. In that case, head north to Santa Cruz where you can embrace the adventure of zip lining among California’s incredible and humongous redwood tree’s.

Whatever your itinerary ends up being, my hope for you is to be mindful of your emotions and energy during your entire visit with us. Whether it is a client, parent or a seasoned doctor, recovery is hard work for everyone involved- and hard work demands to be balanced with comfort and rest.