Mental wellness and self-confidence are big parts of substance use disorder recovery. The daily stress of everyday life, along with caring for a family and simply trying to make sense of the world, can lead to anxiety and depression, further complicating your recovery. While fishing might not be the most obvious option when it comes to treatment, spending some time by the water focused on something outside yourself can give you the break you need and help relieve stress.

Mental Health and Fly Fishing Therapy

When you explore treatment options for substance use disorder recovery, fishing therapy and meditation may bring some hope. The process of recovery is typically thought of as difficult and challenging, so the idea of spending time outdoors in nature, catching fish, making friends with other participants and learning to relax sounds like something to look forward to.

There’s much more to fishing therapy than just trying to catch a big one and impress the group. Fishing therapy services also aim to teach valuable skills like living in the moment, practicing focus, listening to your body through quiet meditation and most importantly, talking about what you’re feeling. Fly fishing provides an environment to practice those new skills. From learning about bait and tackle to casting your first line to getting outdoors in nature and getting some exercise, the point is to develop patience and begin to see the benefits of slowing down reflected in your own mental health.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today


Another benefit of attending fishing therapy is that you’ll meet other participants from different walks of life. You may meet people your age, veterans, people who fish regularly or people who’ve never cast a line in their life. Being a part of their journey, as well as having them be a part of yours, may help you develop more self-esteem and confidence as everybody learns new skills together. Fishing has its own learning curve, just like recovery, and watching others cast their lines first can help relieve some anxiety.

Study with chair at our residential drug rehab


Substance use disorder often begins in the mind. We provide daily services to help our guests restore proper cognitive thinking and processing skills. Our experienced clinicians foster healing through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs realize that drinking and illicit drug use are often symptoms of mental health disorders and rarely the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the program with mental clarity and an understanding of their situation.

Learn More
Yoga session taking place outside of our residential treatment center


Drug and alcohol abuse can destroy the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help the body heal through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. You’ll be able to begin healing physically on day one of treatment.

Our delicious meals are prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida rehab center have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. Our mission is to have guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

Learn More
Looking out on the beach through the tall grass


Our treatment program is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida—we go beyond the physical and mental to focus on the core of alcohol addiction: healing broken spirits. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work individually and in support groups every day to develop self-discipline and change their perspective on life.

Guests work through a 12-step program with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction by going through the same process. With the framework to produce an influential spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

Learn More
fishing trip for addiction and mental health treatment

After Your Fishing Trip

When the fishing is over, the benefits remain. Going back home to your loved ones and kids after your trip can be an adjustment, but fishing teaches much more than you might suspect. Fishing therapy helps you develop the ability to let life happen as it will, knowing your mental health comes first.

How can spending quality time by a lake or river and catching fish impact the rest of your life? Visit Serenity Springs or call us at 386-423-4540 to find out. We offer fishing therapy in Edgewater, Florida, for those in substance use disorder recovery or recovery from alcohol abuse. Our programs incorporate fishing and meditation to reduce stress and help you see things more clearly.