Beachhouse Treatment Center in the Press –

Why People Turn to Exercise to Stay Sober

An estimated 21 million Americans in 2017 were in need of substance use treatment, and some treatment facilities are incorporating fitness into their therapy. This includes the Beach House Treatment Center in Malibu, which in the spring added surfing to its fitness classes. “Just the natural endorphins you can get as a result of exercise and getting in touch with your body is huge. You’re craving that high and it’s a way to naturally get that,” says “surf therapist” and avid surfer Christiana Grotlisch, a social worker.

But there’s more to it than that, she says. “While they’re out there on the water, we’re reflecting, looking back at the shore, and seeing we’re okay — we can make it through.”

While recovery programs like The Phoenix and Beach House Treatment Center are embracing the early science, few experts would suggest that a workout plan on its own is enough to help people maintain sobriety.


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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.