Adventure-Based Therapy Program
Sitting within four walls for extended periods of time and going over relapse prevention and other aspects of recovery, day after day, can get monotonous. However, while experiencing those aspects of treatment in a structured environment are very important, it is also important to have fun and experience nature and its elements on a regular basis. This is one of the reasons why we have our Adventure-based Therapy Program.
What is Adventure Therapy?
Adventure therapy (AT) is a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health. Its origins can be linked to the 1800’s. Doctors and nurses at a sanatorium for mental illness took patients outside the facility and housed them in tents in response to a facility fire. In each instance, doctors and nurses saw a remarkable change in patients for the better during and after their time outside. Today, adventure therapy uses hands-on activities in natural environments as the basis for combining several psychotherapeutic modalities.
Experiential Adventure Therapy
Ongoing research continues to demonstrate the healing qualities of being in a natural environment. These encounters with natural settings like the beach, the woods, a park, including interactions with the sights and sounds and the touch of animals are soothing to the psychological state of people who suffer from co-existing disorders. At Rock Recovery Center, we utilize experiential adventure therapy to help our clients learn about themselves and the world around them.
Our program is designed to incorporate all aspects of treatment while presenting clients with stimulating environments and activities that are positive, productive, and enjoyable. “As clients engage in adventure activities, they experience the positive and negative consequences of their choices. This allows clients to increase their level of self-awareness about their behavior choices, based on immediately occurring tangible and concrete feedback. This can lead to a different level of motivation to change or provide useful information for clients about their strengths and weaknesses. The use of natural and logical consequences is standard practice in Adventure Therapy.”
Activities involved in experiential adventure therapy build self-esteem, life skills (teamwork, problem-solving, communication, respect for nature and one’s body and mind) and physical endurance and health.
As with our other therapeutic modalities, experiential adventure therapy provides clients with the opportunity to process new concepts about living in sobriety as well as develop a vocabulary for and builds a new physical memory of pleasure through activities that are healthy.
Relapse Prevention is a Part of Adventure Therapy
Often those who suffer from drug addiction and/or alcohol addiction do not have the coping skills required for the typical stressors of life. When addiction takes over, the ability to think through the emotions, anticipate a consequence, and take responsibility for one’s action falls away. These abilities, if they were or were not present before addiction, need to be relearned. Experiential adventure therapy helps addicts and alcoholics regain their ability to successfully engage with challenges and relate the activity as a means of relieving stress and triggers that spark the thought of relapse.
The History of Experiential Learning
In the early nineteen hundreds, John Dewey a proponent of the progressive education movement believed that experiential education leads to a better understanding of the world and improves one’s learning capacity. The foundation of experiential learning rest on freedom of choice and personal responsibility for learning. Dewey’s thoughts are still the basis for many learning principles and curriculum today, including many forms of psychological treatments. “The philosophy of experiential education highlights the use of natural and logical consequences to provide feedback to the learner and incorporates reflection on the experience as a critical component of the learning process.” In experiential education, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, solving problems, constructing meaning, taking responsibility, reflecting and many other positive self-worth building activities.
Since those early days in the 1800’s, science has found that those who engage with nature find great comfort and healing physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Science has found that a walk in the woods reduces the negative impulses or the rumination that occur in one’s mind, and reduces the neural activity in the brain linked to risk for mental illness and depression.
Addiction Treatment Customized For You and Your Needs
If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse and a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, full-service substance abuse treatment facilities can help. There is no one form of therapy that works on every problem for every person. Treatment plans should be individualized and regularly updated. At Rock Recovery Center we treat every client with his or her program for recovery. Call today and speak with one of our representative who can tell you more about our approach.
RECOVERY CAN BE FUN
Our treatment model uses several research-proven methods that take advantage of all of what beautiful South Florida has to offer. We are not your average classroon-based treatment experience. Our clients leave our program with an unbreakable knowledge on recovery that lasts!
Your Insurance May Cover the Cost of Treatment
We work with a wide variety of Insurance carriers to help with the financing of your treatment.