Despite popular belief, there are many options for addiction treatment and therapy besides psychotherapy. In fact, many professionals recommend that people in recovery participate in some form of alternate therapy. One of the most popular is adventure therapy. Learn about Morningside Recovery and our recent Adventure Program February 2017 trip.
What is Adventure Therapy?
Adventure Therapy is a form of therapy where participants travel to a new location and explore nature. Depending on the program, travelers may participate in recreational outdoor activities such as kayaking, skiing, canoeing, and rock climbing. These activities not only help participants better understand nature and their surroundings, but it also helps them engage in hobbies they can continue practicing throughout recovery.
Once a person leaves a treatment facility, they’ll need to develop healthy coping mechanisms and hobbies that help prevent relapse. Finding joy in hiking or rock climbing during an adventure program may be a pastime they continue practicing in their everyday lives.
Adventure Program February 2017 Trip
After settling in to our 5-bedroom cabin, we had a dinner of lasagna and salad. We all played board games while the fireplace was warming the cabin. The next day we got up early to hit the slopes. We rented the gear and safety equipment we needed. Experience ranged from beginner to advanced. We had one client utilize the professional ski lessons offered. He turned pro in no time at all. The snow conditions were world class. John, the adventure program coordinator, shows a video of the slopes:
The day ended with a nice dinner at a local lodge to decompress and reflect. Steak and shrimp were the main course.
The drive home was no less amazing. We enjoyed the ride and are still enjoying the memories. It has been an unusually snowy season this year so we will be enjoying a few more months of ski trips before we switch back to camping trips. I have some whitewater rafting trips lined up soon. Recovery is fun, so call us today at 855-631-2135 to learn how you can get involved and begin your journey to sobriety!