and Community Programming
- Physical Education (PE) Classes: PE
classes in schools can promote healthy habits and provide an
outlet for physical activity and exercise. Incorporating
activities that focus on stress relief and relaxation, such
as yoga or tai chi, can also be beneficial for teen
- Sports Teams: Joining a school or
community sports team can provide a positive outlet for
physical activity and social interaction. It can also help
build self-esteem and confidence.
- Outdoor Adventure Programs: Outdoor
adventure programs, such as hiking, camping, and rock
climbing, can provide a physical and mental challenge, as
well as an opportunity to connect with nature and build
resilience. These camps provide youth with:
- opportunities to learn new skills, such as
outdoor survival skills, teamwork, and leadership,
which in turn can help build confidence, self-esteem,
and a sense of self-worth.
- a supportive and positive social environment,
which can help reduce feelings of loneliness and
- opportunities to make new friends and build
meaningful relationships, which can be important for
- opportunities to engage in mindfulness and learn
other stress-management techniques, such as yoga and
- Martial Arts: Martial arts can provide
kids with many benefits that can help reduce the risk of
substance abuse. By improving physical fitness, promoting
mental focus and discipline, providing social support,
teaching anger management skills, and promoting healthy
habits, martial arts can help youth avoid substance use and
lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
- The high level of physical activity and exercise
in martial arts improves physical fitness, reduce
stress, and boost overall health and well-being.
- Martial arts require mental focus and discipline,
which can help build skills that can be applied in
other areas of life, including avoiding substance
- The focus and discipline required in martial arts
can help kids build self-confidence, self-esteem, and
a sense of self-worth.
- Martial arts can provide kids with a supportive
and positive social environment as well as a sense of
belonging and community. This can help reduce
feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can be
risk factors for substance abuse.
- Dance or Movement Therapy: Dance or
movement therapy can provide an opportunity for teens to
express themselves creatively and physically and can also
help them manage emotions and develop stress-management
- Group Fitness Classes: Joining a group
fitness class, such as a fitness boot camp or an exercise
class, can provide a structured and supportive environment
for physical activity and can also help build a sense of
community and accountability.
- Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer
opportunities, such as working on a community garden or
participating in a neighborhood clean-up, can provide a sense
of purpose and engagement, as well as an opportunity for
In summary, spending time in nature, engaging in physical
activity, and connecting socially with others can be important
components of a comprehensive approach to teen recovery from
substance abuse. These activities can provide numerous positive
benefits that support the recovery process and promote overall
health and well-being.