A Look Inside Summit’s Vista House

Summit Vista is the newer Summit House. In the latest episode of Sobering Up Summit Dr Kim Chronister shows off the house and talks a little about life at Summit. She explains the importance of exercise and various options that Summit offers, including yoga, boxing, swimming, and karate. She also stresses the positive influences that exercise and physical health have on mental health and well-being.

 

You can watch Dr Kim’s tour and talk here:

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Here are a few images from inside the Summit Vista House and the backyard.

As you can see, the standard of comfort that Summit has always held is visible in every aspect of the new house.

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Finding Meaning and Purpose in Recovery

Willie Oswald, founder of Summit Malibu, talks about meaning and purpose in recovery. Check out the latest episode of Sobering Up Summit Malibu to watch.

Program coordinator, Kristin Robert, interviews Willie at the newest Summit house, Summit Vista. Willie shares his experience, strength, and hope in this chat. He also discusses how he ended up working in the field of recovery. As well as the meaning and purpose that he has found in this field.

Willie got sober in 1979 and has worked in the field of recovery since the 80s (for over 35 years). It was never an industry that he thought he would work in, but in the work of helping other addicts, he found purpose in his own life. He found something that he was able you give– his experience, strength and hope. And, through giving this he discovered that he was able to help a lot of people.

This was the foundation for Willie’s career in addiction treatment, and after various other endeavors, around a decade ago Summit was founded. It is the big heart, the passion, and the commitment that Willie has for recovery that is a huge part of Summit. That same feeling and tradition is carried down by the entire staff, and it is this that makes the Summit Team so special. The real heart of what makes Summit Malibu different is its’ people, and Willie is a huge part of that.

Check out the interview here:

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Addiction Recovery and the Importance of Exercise

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Episode Three of Sobering Up Summit Malibu is live!

In this episode, Dr Kim Chronister talks about addiction recovery and the importance of exercise. She talks about how very important exercise is as a part of life. Especially for those that are recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Exercise is way more than a way to be healthy. Exercising releases endorphins and hormones that make the body actually feel better. Regular exercise can decrease anxiety, depression, and even high blood pressure. Getting fit does a lot more than make you look good, it also helps you to feel really good. And not just when working out…that feel good mood continues after, and uplifts you throughout the rest of your day. Exercising brings good to the mind and the body.

When beginning recovery exercise is an excellent new habit to begin forming. It is a healthy way to spend the extra hours that are found in a sober day. It is also something that can really make you feel good, and can often make you feel how you have always wanted to feel. It provides the “good” feeling that drinking and drugging promise but fail to deliver. It also really does do the body good and can help speed up the time it takes to be back to feeling like yourself after a relapse, or for the first time in a long time if newly sober.

Exercise is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle. Add in a healthy diet, and positive activities that focus on self-improvement, community, and service. This is a great way to really begin to set the foundation for a future that is worth living. And one that makes you feel pretty spectacular too.

Check out Dr Kim’s Exercise and Addiction Recovery video here:

 

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Our New Sobriety Web Series: SoberingUp Summit

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Check out our new web series, where we will be talking about all things related to sobriety.

Sobering Up Summit,  will also give an inside look at the people who make up Summit and to learn more about what life at Summit is like. It also gives a look at the reality of sobriety, from many different angles.

We have just released our first episode, featuring our Assistant Program Coordinator and former child star, Natanya Ross.

Natanya shares stories about acting and recovery in this episode. She talks about her own experiences and her own recovery. Natanya has been a part of the Summit Team for over two years and we are excited to have her staring in the first episode of this exciting new venture.

 

Check back frequently as there is a lot more to come! Also, subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get updates on our new videos.

Getting Back to Wellbeing

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Wellbeing in action.

Finding a Healthy Lifestyle

What happens in a luxury rehab can set the tools for a balanced life.

The tools that are learned and the way of life that is set forth in this setting are things that anyone could use to improve their own lifestyle and well-being. These are skills that benefit an entire life. They are for more than the time in treatment. The time that is being focused on beginning recovery and getting off of drugs and alcohol.

Dr Kim Chronister, Summit’s Clinical Director, recently wrote this article about this for MyEmpoweredWorld.com.  It explains what everyone could learn from the routine in luxury treatment. She explains that the foundations set in treatment are core foundations to living a balanced, meaningful, and healthy life.

 

Gaining Happiness with Wellbeing

She explains that there is a focus of mindfulness, health, and spirituality. Through this, the three components of meaning/purpose, activity, and connectedness are addressed. These three components are clinically proven in gaining happiness. If anyone implemented even a few of the things on the curriculum of a Mindfulness-based luxury rehab, such as Summit, it would be immensely effective for lifting mood, gaining inner peace, and increasing happiness overall.

You can check out the full article here: What a Luxury Rehab Can Teach Us About Wellbeing.