Aqua Therapy

How Aqua Therapy Affects Treatment

There are many different types of therapy that can help a person get through substance abuse and mental health trauma. One of these is a group of alternative therapies known as aqua therapy.

What Is Aqua Therapy?

Aqua therapy aims to immerse people in water to give them access to its benefits. This can include therapies such as Ai Chi, a method of physical meditation undertaken while partially submerged in water. Aqua therapy can also be any activity that takes place in water as a means of healing.

How Does Aqua Therapy Assist in Healing?

Something people forget is that we are creatures of liquid. We are born into it, and some say it is the first place we begin making memories. There is an innate need that people feel for the evocative safety and security that warm water provides. But what does this mean for healing?

When a person is safely submerged, even partially, in water, they will begin to show physical changes to their body. This appears in a variety of ways:

  • Lowered heart rate
  • Even body temperature
  • Allowances for joint extension

These all have the bonus of calming a person with certain symptoms by removing a handful of the physical side effects that come with mental health issues and substance abuse withdrawal.

There are also major health benefits to swimming. Rather than simply floating and relaxing in the water, people can use their time to fully exercise their bodies in a zero-impact sport. Though there is no need to compete against others, there are numerous benefits to the act of swimming:

  • Breathe control
  • Stretching
  • Extensive motion
  • Limb control

These may seem like the kind of things that can be accomplished through other activities, but many people will not achieve all four with something like jogging without having the heavy impact and effects on their bones and joints.

Often, people who have been abusing substances will have been leading a sedentary lifestyle. This means that they will not be immediately fit to partake in most forms of exercise. Swimming and aqua therapy provide a bridge from complete inactivity to high-impact, sustained physical activity. However, people who may not want to end up there may find that swimming is the form of consistent exercise they are looking for.

How Beachside Rehabs Offer the Best Aqua Therapy Options

There are a number of benefits to entering a recovery program with a beachside location. One of the most important is quite literally the fact that it is right beside the ocean. This fact, coupled with the needs of someone going through the rehab/recovery process, can have extensive effects on their entire experience.

The aqua therapy offered at these locations can be transformative to the overall program. Due to the location, these facilities are able to not only offer aqua therapy but incorporate it seamlessly into their overall program. Whereas some programs will occasionally offer a sauna or pool experience, there is nothing like the ability to slip directly into the ocean.

The ocean also provides more buoyancy thanks to its salt content. It also allows people to try things they have never tried before, such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving. These activities provide the physical benefits of other aqua therapy programs.

The Twilight Recovery Center Difference

There are considerable benefits to spending time at Twilight Recovery Center. First and foremost is the dedication to the recovery process. The staff is prepared to assist all residents individually, allowing them to get to know people as they are and not as simply numbers on a bed count.

Also, the fact that Twilight Recovery Center is located on a Mediterranean beach where the waters welcome residents and invite people to truly be at peace with themselves and the world around them.

A luxury environment is only added to by the personal accommodations, gender-separated living spaces, and private chef. It is understood that each person who enters the facility has their own issues that they bring with them. These issues are handled according to the individual with their input. Nobody is forced into activities, and the program exists to not only begin the rehab process but to prepare residents for what comes next in recovery.

When you visit Twilight Recovery Center, you are admitting to your own issues and accepting the fact that it is time to take the next steps. This promise to self is only the beginning. However, with the assistance of Twilight Recovery Center, you can be sure that the process will be that much easier.

In a typical rehab setting, a person will visit a therapist and engage in group therapy. These are two vital pieces of any recovery process. However, at Twilight Recovery Center, we are able to offer additional programming and alternative therapies. Thanks to our singular location, a number of our one-of-a-kind therapies can take place on the beach and in the beautiful blue ocean. This environment, one associated by many with relaxation, can put people in a state of mind they cannot find anywhere else. In fact, our aqua therapies transport residents to a new level of self-awareness and discovery that only the ocean can bring. To learn more about this program, call us at (888) 414-8183.

Depression Physically Affects

Depression Physically Affects Individuals

When people are depressed, there can often be physical side effects. Depression may have its roots in a variety of places and could, in fact, be linked to other co-occurring disorders. However, these will only serve to bolster the already deprecating mental and physical side effects.

The Roots of Depression

Depression can come from many different sources. However, it is often linked to two particular areas:

Brain Chemistry

This is a critical piece to think about. A number of individuals will look at their lives and see nothing but positivity. They will see that their family is great, their job meets their needs, and they make enough money to afford fun vacations with the kids.

However, they find themselves depressed. Often, they are depressed for no apparent reason, and it makes them feel awful that they could possibly allow themselves to feel this way. They may feel selfish and berate themselves for having depressive thoughts.

In these cases, the problem may be a matter of simple brain chemistry. People with clinical depression often have low levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. This is often due to an increase in the levels of monoamine oxidase A.

Though it may sound extremely technical, the bottom line is that there are chemicals the brain needs to stay balanced, and people with clinical depression are not getting enough of them. The solution is actually quite simple. Often, a person will want to attend therapy sessions, but the main solution can be medication. These can often include:

Each of these is a category of medication, as there are quite a number of them specifically made to treat symptoms of depression. Once a person has found the right balance of medication and therapy, they will often feel quite a bit better.

it is important to remember that this type of depression can have a variety of physical effects. These can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Inability to engage in physical activities

There are other examples as well, but when someone is depressed, they will often shut down mentally, which leads to a severe decrease in normal physical activity.


The other cause of depression is trauma. This trauma can come from any event in a person’s life or any combination of events. When this happens, individuals have been through something that has so affected them that they cannot get rid of the memories or the residual feelings.

A person who has suffered from trauma may not only feel depressed but may, in fact, have multiple issues associated with their depression. These co-occurring disorders can result in a decrease in activity and an increase in the use of illicit substances. Should a person reach this stage, they will have far more physical issues to deal with as a tangential result of their initial depression.

For people with trauma-related depression, the best way to deal with it is to seek therapy as soon as possible. Individuals may be feeling depression due to unaddressed childhood trauma and have therefore been suffering for decades. These people should be encouraged to find a medical professional that they trust as they may have exponentially worse mental and physical side effects due to the amount of time that has passed since their traumatic event.

Early Detection

Depression is insidious. It can strike at any time and sit in someone’s system for any length of time. Often, individuals are unaware that they are experiencing long-term clinical depression until others point out their lethargy and reticence to participate in activities.

Therefore, early detection is important. Unfortunately, one group that often gets left behind in this type of treatment is teenagers. People forget just how stressful it can be to be in their teens, and when someone has clinical depression mixed into the pot, the results can be disastrous. The rate of suicide among young people remains high, and in 2022 the group with the highest increase (8%) was males between 15 and 24.

One of the best types of early detection comes from the outside. Friends and loved ones are often the first to notice changes in an individual and should not feel awkward about bringing them up. If someone who is typically happy suddenly becomes morose, it’s important to speak up or ask a few questions. Nobody wants their friends or loved ones ignoring symptoms, especially when they may be subconscious cries for help.

Facilities such as Twilight Recovery Center are keenly aware of the issues that come with depression and how they can lead to substance abuse. Twilight Recovery Center is ready to work with those who need help, tackling overarching and underlying issues.

When a person begins experiencing depression, it may come as a surprise. Depression has many origins, but for some people, the idea seems to be that the condition is only mental. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, those with depression, especially prolonged depression, may find that the physical side effects make things even harder. At Twilight Recovery Center, we understand that individuals need assistance. Depression is not something to be swept under the rug. We are firm believers in discussing personal issues, how they have affected people’s lives, and what to do to make things better. Call our facility today for more information at (888) 414-8183.



The Role of Alternative Therapy

The Role of Alternative Therapy

It is important for people to get treatment for substance abuse and any dual diagnosis issues they may have. When they enter a new facility, they are there to learn about their condition, what they need to do to help themselves, and how they are going to make their way through recovery. However, what is less considered is the more spiritual and inner-soul aspects of recovery. This is where alternative therapy comes into play.

What Is Alternative Therapy?

Any therapy that exists outside of the traditional individual and group therapies is considered “alternative.” In recovery, people focus on training their bodies to avoid their addictions and their minds to come to terms with their situations. However, rehab programs have come to realize that this does not cover the whole person.

For many people, there is still an underlying feeling of unease. It is a need to feel more comfortable in their own skin and allow themselves to get to a point where they feel spiritually right with their situation. This is above and beyond simple acceptance of responsibility; it is acceptance of self. People need to know that they are safe and that they are allowed to express their true feelings that have been building over time.

Examples of Alternative Therapies

There are many examples of alternative therapies. In the eyes of the recovery community, it is up to the individual to decide precisely which therapies apply to them. It is important for people to find what works for them and what makes them find that inner peace that will help them through recovery and the rest of their lives.

Equine Therapy

It is said that one of the best ways to find a sense of inner peace is through various forms of animal therapy. One of the most well-known is equine—or horse—therapy. This can include:

  • Grooming
  • Riding
  • Assisting with care
  • One-to-one quiet interaction

For some people, these may seem like mundane tasks. However, for those who are involved in the recovery process, this type of activity can have a soothing effect. There is something special about being up close and personal with such a majestic and gentle creature. Not many people have the chance to be around horses, but we are taught just how amazing they are. It can be transformative for people who can spend time with them.

Expressive Art Therapy

Some people have pent-up emotions that they are unable to express through even the strongest of talk therapies. Expressive art therapy has been shown to assist in ways that other therapies cannot.

The idea behind expressive art therapy is that through a non-verbal medium, people can put their innermost feelings out into the world. However, this does not mean they will be on display for everyone to see. It simply means that people will externalize the things they are having difficulty expressing. Often, this can be through painting and drawing. A blank canvas holds untold stories and is simply waiting for someone to put a brush to it.

Some people may say that they are not great at drawing or have never tried painting. They may think that because of this, expressive art therapy will not work. However, it is not about being “good” at art. As a purely emotional medium, art is whatever makes the creator feel things. It is a way of describing one’s fears and hopes in a way that may only be understood by the individual themselves.

There will be a point where the instructor will sit with the individual and discuss what they have created. This will not be an interrogation. It will simply mean that they will be asked to describe what they are feeling and how what they have created gives meaning and voice to those emotions.

Tai Chi

While some people are interested in strict meditation, others may find that a more physical form of the practice can present a more rounded experience. Tai chi is, at its core, a non-contact form of martial arts. It is a way of slowly moving the body into specific poses while focusing the mind inwards.

For people who have dealt with heavy substance abuse, there may have been a lack of physicality for a prolonged period of time. This personal neglect has led to physical and mental atrophy that must be addressed, and both should be addressed simultaneously. Tai chi provides that outlet.

The physical motions evoke a smooth tide lapping over the edges of a calm sandy beach. Inner thoughts also ebb and flow to the motion and are allowed to drift in a way that direct talk therapy cannot provide. Meditation may feel restrictive, while tai chi is freeing and can be a positive force for healing the entire individual.

Alternative Therapy at Twilight Recovery Center

When a person chooses to become a resident at Twilight Recovery Center, they are making a decision that will impact the rest of their life. Part of this decision involves giving oneself over to medical professionals who will ply their craft and provide various therapies in an effort to facilitate the recovery process.

Alternative therapies play a large role in the program. With Twilight Recovery Center’s unique situation on a beautiful tropical beach, activities are not limited to the indoors. In fact, we pride ourselves in the beachside therapies we provide. Our residents not only know the feeling of productive therapy, but the joys of fresh air, beautiful views, and a sense of inner peace.

When someone arrives at Twilight Recovery Center, they can expect the best traditional therapy we can offer. In fact, our program boasts a staff of medical professionals who are trained to provide top-notch individual and group therapy. However, this is not all we provide. Recovery is more than just meetings. At Twilight Recovery Center, we firmly believe in healing the entire person. This means mentally, emotionally, and physically. To that end, we provide a variety of alternative therapies that exist solely to bolster the individual and their well-being, from yoga on the beach at sunset to tai chi and expressive art therapy. All of these and more are here for our residents to explore. Call us at (888) 414-8183.




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Receive the highest level of care at our upscale recovery center. We offer world class treatments to ensure the finest road to recovery.



Farallon #9751, San Antonio del Mar, Baja California Mexico CP 22560


(1)888-414 81 83
+52 664 80 58 882 


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