Laughter Therapy


California Palms offers many unique features as part of our comprehensive approach to addiction and mental health treatment. A good laugh is a nice reprieve from the stresses of the addicted life. Dave Robich and veteran Johnny Damm have developed laughter therapy course for those in recovery. Patients are encouraged to express themselves through comedy. Patients are taught comedy by veteran Johnny Damm and Dave Robich and encouraged to express themselves on stage during class and during open mike night held twice a month. When it comes to recovery from addiction the patient’s mood and attitude during treatment can make or break one's progress. For this reason, the California Palms makes every effort to ensure the patient's psychological wellness both in the long and short-term.

Integrating Laughter into Addiction Recovery

Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. Laughter provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact. You do not need to be happy or have a sense of humour to benefit from a good laugh. Laughter therapy aims to get people laughing in both group and individual sessions and can help reduce stress, make people and employees happier and more committed, as well as improve their interpersonal skills.

Using Laughter to Promote Healing & Recovery

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can: Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

PHONE (800) 262-3742 We accept Medicaid insurance from Molina, Paramount, Buckeye and United. We accept Veteran insurance from Tricare, Humana and Triwest. We accept commercial insurance from Anthem, Cigna, and Aetna.