Adventure Therapy is one of our popular treatments for substance abuse and addiction recovery, not just because it’s fun, but because we have found it to be an effective therapy for our patients. This is because adventure therapy offers a variety of benefits including communication skills, assessing risk and reward, learning to take responsibility among many others we’ll discuss here.
It is an experiential form of psychotherapy that was developed in the early part of the 20th century as a way to provide a safe environment while participating in activities that might be considered risky and exciting if performed without supervision. We provide adventure therapy to offer a sense of perceived risk, so that our clients can learn to take on challenges, build trust in their peers, and develop confidence as they participate in these activities.
At California Prime Recovery, the main elements that we include in our adventure therapy exercises are to provide structured goals, a component of adventure, a sense of individual responsibility, an atmosphere of friendly camaraderie, a combination of verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and a sense of accomplishment.
We offer adventure therapy as individual as well as group activities, primarily in a group setting, in order to enhance and take advantage of several of the benefits of this approach. They could be indoor or outdoor, depending on various factors that we try to include for a specific group.
Adventure Therapy offers a powerful treatment approach for several substance abuse disorders as well as mental health disorders. It is very effective in helping our patients cope with real life situations after recovery.
Although Adventure Therapy is not the primary treatment for substance abuse and addiction recovery, we at California Prime, have found it to be highly effective in helping individuals find purpose and empowerment, so that they can learn to engage with life and real world situations on their road to recovery.
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