‘The Miracles’ of recreational therapy

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Former First Steps Substance Abuse Recovery Program clients

With temperatures on the rise and school out for the summer, many of us spend our leisure time participating in recreational activities.

Recreational activities have an additional purpose at Coalition for the Homeless though…

For the residents in our First Steps Substance Abuse Recovery Program, playing organized sports serves as recreational therapy. Encouraging our clients to participate in organized softball, basketball, and volleyball games not only promotes health and wellness, but can also decrease social anxiety and stress – both of which are often experienced by recovering addicts – and help strengthen bonds among the clients.

These activities remind our recovering addicts how to enjoy a sober life.

Men from the First Steps Program play in an impromptu league with four other local teams – the Salvation Army, The VA Hospital, Center for Drug Free Living, and the Transition House. Along with some of the women from our Center for Women and Families, our First Steps athletes also joined a co-ed adult recreational recovery softball league.

Our team name? The Miracles!