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Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy is a unique rehab approach that aims to heal a person’s connection to themselves, others, and the environment. It’s a versatile therapy that can assist those dealing with addiction or seeking to enhance their recovery through engaging experiential activities.

Incorporating adventure therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan adds a fulfilling and meaningful route to recovery. Through nature outings and team-building activities, individuals can boost self-awareness by involving their mind, body, and spirit in the rehab adventure program. At Royal Life Centers, we strive to provide a wide range of recovery options for everyone who comes to us for help. Reach out today and learn more about incorporating adventure therapy in Washington State into your recovery plan. 

Adventure Therapy

What Is Adventure Therapy?

Adventure therapy, also known as wilderness therapy or nature-based therapy, is a form of group therapy that involves individuals in dynamic outdoor settings. It operates on the principle that learning occurs best through hands-on experiences, a concept introduced by Michael A. Gass, PhD, in 1993. Participants in adventure therapy work towards achievable goals, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency.

These activities typically involve challenging outdoor tasks that engage participants both physically and mentally. The therapy goes beyond mere physical and emotional stimulation, also incorporating cognitive aspects. Counselors guide participants in reflecting on the experiences before, during, and after the activities.

While counselors play a role in helping attendees understand the deeper meanings of the activities, adventure therapy promotes self-reliance. This makes it particularly beneficial for individuals grappling with substance abuse, as addiction often brings feelings of helplessness and shame. Nature therapy, as part of Aftercare treatment for addiction, imparts life skills and coping mechanisms while providing immediate enjoyment and rewards through engaging activities.

The combined effect of physical challenges and psychological exercises leads to personal growth across the realms of the mind, spirit, and body.

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Adventure Therapy Groups

Adventure therapy allows people to learn and practice new skills in a supportive environment. These activities are not only fun but also help individuals explore their strengths and weaknesses. In wilderness settings, adventure therapy groups work to boost an individual’s self-confidence and self-trust. Group members often work together to accomplish a task, collaborate on an activity, or reach a destination. 

Some of the adventure therapy activities used during treatment include: 

These activities help guests connect with their teammates for a common yet personal goal. Developing these skills brings satisfaction and self-awareness.

Adventure therapy also lets guests explore the outdoors, increasing awareness of the natural world. The mix of physical activity and nature exploration is beneficial, fostering a greater appreciation for the environment. It’s a great way to break the routine and step out of one’s comfort zone.

What's the Difference Between Adventure Therapy and Standard Addiction Treatment?

Traditional group and individual therapies are essential for recovering from substance use disorder (SUD). These sessions help people gain self-awareness and work with licensed substance abuse counselors to understand the root causes of addiction and find personal motivations for staying sober.

In substance abuse treatment, therapy builds resilience in facing challenges, dealing with memories, triggers, and cravings. It’s crucial to know that various therapeutic approaches contribute to healing in recovery.

While some individuals may find individual and group therapy helpful, they might be less open to traditional 12-step meetings and one-on-one settings. This is where complementary services like experiential therapy, such as adventure therapy, play a role in drug and alcohol rehab. These holistic approaches engage the mind, body, and soul, providing stress relief, group therapy experiences, and a deeper connection to oneself.

How Can Adventure Therapy Help in Recovery?​

Adventure therapy is a highly effective treatment for addiction and mental health issues. It involves physical challenges and personal exploration, helping participants build self-esteem and lasting relationships. Beyond the physical benefits, it also brings emotional and spiritual advantages.

Through experiential therapy activities, guests connect with themselves and others, learning to take risks and boost self-confidence. Adventure therapy enhances problem-solving skills and creative thinking by pushing boundaries, and providing a deeper understanding of oneself and the world. This makes it a powerful tool for self-discovery and overcoming addiction, aligning with  Spokane Height’s holistic approach to recovery.

Washington State is known for its beauty and opportunities for outdoor activities, making it a great option for those looking to use adventure therapy as part of their recovery program. Call our center today and learn more about how outdoor adventure therapy in Washington can help you! 

What to Expect During Aventure Therapy

In nature therapy outings, trained facilitators include challenging exercises to build new skills. Expect exciting and enjoyable activities that promote regular exercise routines for lasting physical wellness after leaving Royal Life Centers.

You’ll also gain cognitive and regulatory skills for your outpatient journey. For example, kayaking fosters teamwork and adventure-based ropes courses enhance self-reliance and survival skills.

Adventure group therapy requires a personal desire to succeed and proves effective, especially in aftercare. As you progress in treatment, you’ll be ready to take control of your healing outside an inpatient setting.

Recreational activities benefit recovery by requiring whole-body drive and focus. Guests not only benefit during treatment but also receive training to continue these activities with peers in the recovery community after leaving treatment.

Adventure Therapy at Royal Life Centers

At Royal Life Centers at Spokane Heights in Washington State, we proudly offer adventure therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment for individuals recovering from substance use disorders and mental health issues. Our adventure therapy counselors create a safe, supportive space for guests to boost their self-confidence. These exciting experiences not only aid in recovery but also nurture problem-solving skills, emotional resilience, and self-confidence.

During our adventure therapy programs in Washington State, you can engage in immersive physical activities like hikes, nature walks, ropes courses, and rock climbing. These activities focus on mindfulness, teaching guests to be present in the moment and connect with nature. Our guides use holistic healing practices such as guided meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing. By participating in meaningful activities in the natural environment, you can learn more about yourself and improve your quality of life.

These therapeutic activities also provide opportunities for teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and leadership. As you set recovery goals, adventure therapy helps you work towards them with our dedicated staff, fostering camaraderie among your peers.

During adventure-based outings, our counselors encourage guests to step outside their comfort zones and find new approaches to challenges. These hands-on activities help individuals develop resilience, cope with life’s challenges, build self-awareness, form positive relationships, and create lasting memories. Ultimately, adventure therapy provides a sense of accomplishment to support you on your recovery journey.

We offer treatment programs involving horses at the following levels of care: 

If you are struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder, adventure therapy may be able to help. If you think adventure therapy might be right for you, please reach out to us today and learn more about treatment!

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please reach out for help today.

Adventure Therapy in Washington

As a part of the Royal Life Centers addiction treatment network, Spokane Heights is one of our adventure therapy treatment centers in Washington state. We also have facilities for detoxification and inpatient treatment, as well as for outpatient and aftercare programming. A tailored treatment plan will help you find the best path to recovery. 

Our recovery centers in Washington include:

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Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

At Royal Life Centers, we believe that no one should remain trapped in the isolating cycle of addiction and mental illness. We see our guests as individuals, not defined by their struggles, but as people with unique stories and potential for recovery.

Our comprehensive approach to healing focuses on your overall well-being. Our team of licensed therapists and clinicians will collaborate with you to develop a personalized service plan that addresses both your addiction and psychological disorders, targeting the root causes for lasting healing.

When you begin treatment with Royal Life Centers, our dedicated therapists will meet with you to create a tailored treatment plan, incorporating evidence-based and complementary therapies proven to be effective in treating substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders. 

Remember, it is never too late to seek help or ask questions on behalf of yourself or a loved one. Reach out to us about addiction treatment using outdoor adventure by filling out a secure contact form or calling us at 888-907-0898.

Looking for Adventure Therapy?

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse and/or a co-occurring mental health disorder, please reach out to us to find out more about how adventure therapy can help. We work with most private insurance policies and we have affordable self-pay rates if you do not have insurance. Give us a call and we will figure out the best treatment plan for you or your loved one.
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Detox Program at Royal

The first step in drug and alcohol treatment is a detox program. During this level of care, you will undergo the detoxification process that will remove the toxins from your body while starting your time in therapy.

Residential Treatment at Royal

Our residential inpatient program aims to identify the underlying causes of addiction. Our clinical care includes intensive therapy, addiction education, goal-setting, and the development of healthy coping skills. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment At Royal

During treatment for addiction at Royal Life Centers, we provide medication-assisted treatment services to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and curb cravings. Learn how these services can help guests stay sober.

What Services are offered in Rehab?

Read a comprehensive guide on the services you can participate in when recovering from addiction. As you progress through the different levels of care, you will experience the benefits of evidence-based care.

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