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What Is Adventure Therapy and Can This Help Me Learn Coping Skills for My Mental Health?

Adventure therapy can take on many different forms and venues. Sometimes, adventure therapy is known as wilderness therapy or outdoor exploration. Therapies such as these use outdoor challenges to help individuals like you build self-confidence, a sense of community, and experience the healing of nature.

You will often be put into situations where you have to be within close quarters with others and will learn to collaborate with one another. Collaborating with others is one of the first steps towards building a healthy support network. Adventure therapy is a guided exploration of our physical capabilities as we challenge ourselves with hands-on experiences!

Some activities that may be included in Adventure Therapy are:

  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Camping trips
  • Kayaking, canoeing or rafting
  • Climbing challenges
  • Outdoor group activities, like trust-building and cooperative games

Adventure therapy has been prominent since the 1960s; though, historically, adventure therapy has been used more commonly for adolescents. Now, however, many adults are trying this unique and alternative therapy as a way to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

Research also shows that just being outside can have tremendous benefits for our mental health and wellness. Adventure therapy involves a lot of physical activity, and we all know of the positive benefits of exercise for our physical health!

Exercise is also important to maintaining our mental health; when we feel good physically, we tend to feel better mentally. Adventure therapy is a holistic, whole-self therapy. Getting out and being active can do wonders for your mental health as you challenge yourself to achieve more than you thought possible!

Are you looking for a recovery program that is different from the traditional forms of therapy? Do you consider yourself “outdoorsy” and believe in the healing power of nature? Are you trying to augment your current therapy program with more challenges and new experiences? Build the self-esteem that you need to successfully recover from trauma and addiction! The Guest House offers a unique and holistic approach to recovery in a safe and healing environment. Learn new skills and meet new friends in recovery as you take on new challenges together. Call The Guest House today at (855) 483-7800 to speak with our staff about Adventure Therapy or any of the other programs we offer! Let us help you find the best path to recovery for you or someone that you care about!