You’re about to begin the journey through sobriety. You want to stop focusing on your need for the drugs or alcohol that took control of your life. However, you’re not sure where to start. Then, your counselor suggests trying adventure therapy. You wonder, what is adventure therapy, and what are the benefits of adventure therapy? When you come to The District Recovery, we have the answer to those questions and so many more.
What is Adventure Therapy?
Adventure therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It uses experiences you participate in as a tool to challenge you on a variety of levels. These levels include cognitive, behavioral, and affective levels. Therapists design these experiences to engage you and help you make positive changes.
What Are the Benefits of Adventure Therapy?
One of the benefits of adventure therapy is that it encourages you to be responsible. You’re responsible for getting to the top of that rock climbing wall. You’re accountable for standing up on that surfboard. When you have to take responsibility for something, you find yourself growing and making positive changes.
Another one of the benefits of adventure therapy is that you build healthy relationships and can cooperate with others. At The District Recovery, we generally do our adventure therapy as a group. Therefore, you have to work as a team to make progress, and, in the process, make friends. At the same time, you’re also building your communication and conflict resolution skills.
Through adventure therapy, you also improve your resiliency and self-confidence. You learn that you can do so much more than you thought you could. As a result, you’re more likely to keep pressing on through recovery even when it gets tough. Through the processes, you also become more self-aware. When you become aware of your goals and responsibilities, you become more motivated to follow through.
Adventure therapy also encourages more openness both for you and your therapist. You find that you’re more willing to discuss topics that may have been taboo before, and you’re more engaged in your therapy sessions. This engagement, in turn, leads to more emotional discovery within yourself. When you can be honest with yourself and others, making a plan to stay sober can seem more attainable.
One of the other benefits of adventure therapy is that you can create meaningful occasions to face challenges and get real-life experience. You may find yourself doing things that you’d never thought possible through the obstacles you face during adventure therapy. More importantly, you complete these adventures without the drugs or alcohol you’ve been relying on for so long. Through adventure therapy, you realize just how much you are capable of doing.
Choose The District Recovery Community
When you come to The District Recovery, you can learn more about the benefits of adventure therapy. We also offer a variety of other therapeutic methods, both holistic and evidence-based. These modalities may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment