The Benefits of Outdoor Therapy
Coping with alcohol and/or drug addiction can often make individuals feel like they're closed off from the rest of the world. It can leave them feeling like there are little to no opportunities available to them. That’s where outdoor therapy comes in. Offering a variety of benefits, outdoor therapy can help those who are going through recovery rediscover how much there is outside the world of addiction while leading them to better choices, for a healthier and more productive life.
Clear Your Mind
Addiction can make someone feel like they are trapped. It can often prevent them from being able to remember who they are as individuals. However, nature can be a great provider of a healthy distraction for those who have let addiction take over their lives, but want to get sober. When you are surrounded by fresh air and beautiful natural imagery, you don't have to think about your thoughts — it’s the perfect time to practice mindfulness. There is value in stillness for anyone, especially those struggling with addiction. This is a lesson that will grow stronger with practice.
Outdoor therapy is about more than just being outside. Just know that there will be challenges. Whether climbing rocks or kayaking, the challenges of physical activity can help you learn how to problem solve, demonstrate leadership, practice self-care as well as participate in teamwork with others in your group. Obstacles can become much smaller when we recognize them for what they really are: opportunities for growth.
Learn Effective Communication
Group outdoor therapy is a great way to learn how to effectively communicate. Whether camping or fishing, you’ll need to work together with your peers to help one another as well as build trusting relationships. Such an experience can also teach kindness and understanding, especially to the most important person — you.
Getting in touch with nature can mean getting in touch with yourself. The possibilities for you in the world are as limitless as you want them to be, and outdoor therapy can help you to open your mind to new opportunities.
Our goal is to teach our young men that it's important to enjoy life as a sober young adult while learning- important life skills. Blueprints for Recovery offers a safe and supportive environment for substance abuse rehabilitation for young men between the ages of 18 and 30. Contact our Arizona drug rehab today for more information about how we can help.
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