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What are the Benefits of Adventure Therapy?

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Whether you are dealing with meth, heroin, cocaine, or other substance addiction, finding a comprehensive treatment plan is essential. A comprehensive rehab will incorporate therapy into the care plan. In fact, you will likely be involved in several types of therapy sessions including psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and forms of experiential therapy. One such type of experiential therapy is adventure therapy. The benefits of adventure therapy complement the results you’ll gain in traditional psychotherapy.

What is Adventure Therapy?

Adventure therapy is a form of experiential therapy, which means you experience the therapy physically. You do an activity or activities, usually with others, which can be quite therapeutic.

The adventure therapy may involve outdoor or indoor activities such as wilderness outings, hiking, sports games, climbing, ropes courses, surfing, mountain climbing, and more. Even if you do this therapy without a group, a trained mental health professional will lead the session.

In short, the goal of adventure therapy is to promote healing from within by engaging in external activities that benefit the mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few of the benefits of adventure therapy.

What are the Benefits of Adventure Therapy?

Adventure therapy offers many opportunities to grow and heal. Many of the activities that you can participate in will be a challenge for you or provide a new adventure. Additionally, it can help you grow stronger and healthier as a person. As you face difficult situations or things you feel you can’t accomplish, you’ll gain strength when you do accomplish them. Also, this knowledge can give you the fortitude necessary to overcome drug addiction.

Some specific benefits of adventure therapy include:

  • Enhances your connection with other individuals
  • Increases your self-confidence as you overcome difficult challenges
  • Promotes self-awareness as to what your strengths and weaknesses are
  • Prepares you to overcome greater difficulties in the future
  • Connects you with nature and exercise, which boosts your mood

Adventure Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Experiences mold who we are, they offer personal growth, and a deeper understanding of ourselves. Adventure therapy for addiction recovery allows our clients to positively connect with the world around them and integrate aspects of resilience, resourcefulness, and joy into the therapeutic process.

Often called gestalt therapy or experiential therapy; adventure therapy offers clients to experience new things, challenge themselves, but more importantly find recovery in something they enjoy doing. This can take many different forms such as outdoor activities, life skills training, and much more.

Adventure Therapy For Trauma And PTSD

Often times being outdoors or learning new activities can often improve your feeling of wellness, but for those who have experienced trauma or have PTSD adventure therapy offers so much more. Research has shown that gestalt therapeutic methods like “adventure therapy” have been proven to diminish the frequency of panic attacks and flashbacks associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Getting Started With Addiction Treatment

At Renaissance Recovery, our experienced therapists are ready to walk you through the adventure therapy sessions. We offer solutions to substance abuse that are unique and proven to work. Whether you are dealing with heroin, alcohol, meth, cocaine, painkillers, or something else, there is hope.

Through our rehab center, we help you understand the benefits of adventure therapy and find the pathway to healing and sobriety. As you move forward in therapy, you will see the progress you’re making and become more confident.

Depending on the nature of your case, you can get treatment from one or more of the following programs:

Don’t let addiction hold you back from enjoying the fullness of life. Now that you know the benefits of adventure therapy, you can seek out the treatment that will bring you relief. Therefore, to learn more about our adventure-based program in Orange County, call [Direct]. We’ll get you on the right path for healing.866.330.9449

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country