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Rehab facility incorporates surfing into recovery

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Rehab center in Orange County offers surfing to help with addiction 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 September, 2014 - Morningside Recovery of Orange County, California, has created the nation's first substance abuse and mental health recovery surf camp. Swell Life combines the healing powers of holistic therapy and the ocean to create a unique and inviting program for the recovery community.

Swell Life is open and free to the recovery community every third Sunday of the month. The September 21st camp will take place at 1:30 PM, starting with a classroom learning session at the Clint Carroll Surf School, and then proceeding directly down to the waves in Huntington Beach, California.

Morningside Recovery holds closed Swell Life surfing camps for drug and alcohol rehab clients who are in the earlier stages of their addiction recovery program. This intimate and healing surfing lesson helps them develop self-confidence, promotes an active lifestyle, and ultimately learn how to have fun in sobriety while enjoying the therapeutic aura of the ocean.

In partnership with the Clint Carroll Surf School, surf instructor Clint Carroll knows firsthand how surfing is a powerful outlet for a healthier change for people struggling with addiction. "Giving people a chance to reach a positive physical, mental, and spiritual state of being through the sport of surfing and the ocean is life changing. This new experience can be a powerful experience that can help enhance your recovery."

"Surfers of all levels—beginner to seasoned—are encouraged to join our sober surf program. Staying active and having fun while doing it is not only good for the body, but great for the mind," said Marketing Director Kevin Granich, "Swell Life can also usher you into a community of like-minded people and build your self-esteem quickly and easily—all while soaking in the beautiful Southern California sunshine."

Kevin Granich

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