Sometimes individuals need more than traditional talk therapy. To work through their substance abuse or improve their mental health, some clients need alternative treatment options. Westwind Recovery provides numerous experiential therapies designed to get clients out of their comfort zones and into living their best lives. Among these in our adventure therapy program, we count ziplining, camping, water sports, hiking, surfing, planetarium outings, and much more.
What is an Adventure Therapy Program
Adventure therapy, sometimes called experiential or recreational therapy, is an alternative form of therapy, getting clients out into the world doing activities. This approach centers on whole-body health as clients recover from substance abuse or work on their mental health. As clients experience the world with others, they improve their communication skills, self-esteem, and mindfulness, all while finding new ways to express themselves.
Because some clients need treatment beyond traditional individual or group therapy, Westwind Recovery designs innovative, fun, and challenging adventure therapy programs. Our adventure therapy helps clients unlock their emotions while learning new coping skills to deal with sometimes overwhelming feelings. The experience, hiking, surfing, or group therapy outings, allows you to understand and process your emotions. It does so by giving you an avenue to express yourself you may not have had previously. Also, adventure therapy provides a context, the wilderness, or ocean, for example, where relationship building is a must-have tool. Developing trust is vital for any recovery, whether for substance abuse or mental health.