When we think about luxury rehabs we think about addiction.  But I’ve always said that anyone could benefit from a trip to rehab even if we don’t drink or use – simply for well-being and inner peace.  The respite and the tools that are learned have the potential to be adaptive for everyone of us in our daily lives.

A typical program schedule includes Mindfulness (paced breathing, meditation), Yoga, Equine Therapy, Boxing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Identity groups, Biofeedback, Meaning and Purpose groups, Connectedness groups, and Spirituality (this list is by no means exhaustive).

As Clinical Director of Summit Malibu, I watch clients enter broken and depleted in many areas. They typically have three things in common: 1) They lack meaning/purpose 2) They are not active enough 3) They feel disconnected from others and/or they isolate.  Interestingly, these three components (meaning/purpose, activity, and connectedness) are proven by positive psychology research to be effective in gaining happiness.  When we are happy, we inevitably are less attracted to self-sabotaging behaviors like overeating, isolating, spending too much time watching TV etc.

Adding in some of the elements of a luxury rehab program to one’s life can be immensely effective for lifting mood, gaining inner peace, and increasing happiness overall.  Think about the areas of your life that can be enhanced (Do you need to be more connected to others? Do you need more purpose/meaning in your life? Do you need to be more active?  Do you need a more positive identity?)  Then, reference the “luxury rehab curriculum” and choose what feels most attractive to you to implement into your morning routine or overall schedule:

  • Sporting Activities
  • Equine Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Paced Breathing
  • Mindfulness (Meditation, Guided Imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation)
  • Biofeedback
  • Support Groups/Social Activities
  • Spirituality
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Volunteer Work
  • Somatic Experiencing

This type of curriculum is based on research and has impacted countless lives.  Imagine implementing even a small addition of one of these curriculum components to your life.  Any combination thereof has the potential to help you on your way to fulfillment, self-satisfaction, decreased stress, and overall happiness.

– Kim Chronister, PsyD – Clinical Director

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