Recreational Services


The word recreation, quite literally translates to mean “to create again or bring forth”. At Sunshine Coast, our commitment to recreation programming stems from our deep belief that recreation is an integral component in maintaining balance in today’s fast-paced, goal oriented world. We recognize that recreation may look different for each client. As a result, we offer a wide variety of recreational activities that clients can sample. Ultimately, the goal is for clients to make recreation a part of their lifestyles after they complete residential treatment and return to their home community.

Sunshine Coast Health Center is situated in a coastal community blessed with limitless recreational opportunities. Our regularly offered activities include art expression, hiking, golfing, fishing, beachcombing, swimming, floor hockey, beach volleyball, and many more.

For a listing of recreational activities provided at Sunshine Coast please visit the Treatment Schedule page.

“Recreation’s purpose is not to kill time, but to make life, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life.” – Author Unknown

Art Expression

At Sunshine Coast, clients have the opportunity to unwind and be creative after a busy day in group. Clients learn art techniques and working with different mediums, being creative, having fun, and finding a new way to relax. Furthermore, participating in art expression is an opportunity for clients to develop new ways to spend leisure time after they leave treatment.

Susan Forsberg, instructor for art expression, has been passionately teaching art in many different mediums for over 36 years, developing her unique approach that customizes each encounter to guide and encourage individuals where they want to go with their art expression.

Psychology now recognizes the healing power of creativity. While not art therapy, art expression helps clients make sense of their lives in a coherent way and can help them turn negative experiences into sources of personal growth.

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A favorite memory so far would have to be my first or second day in. It was the first outing I went on and we went cliff-jumping right next to this waterfall and it was amazing. That first jump in there was definitely an experience. I really enjoyed it!


Art Expression gave me a place where I could practice my first steps of sobriety while still being within the safety of the program.

Michael B

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Are you kidding? The only thing I’ve ever drawn is a fish boat! Awesome class this Art Expression is, very relaxing, totally takes my mind off all the hard work that we do all day long. Thanx, Susan.

- Ron

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