There are many different treatment methods that can be used when treating someone with a drug or alcohol addiction. The best approach to treatment is one that incorporates several methods that are based on the individual client’s addiction history, motivation, and personality. One method that has been shown to be effective is recreational therapy.
Clients have Fun in Recreational Therapy
Recreational therapy is a treatment method that is increasing in popularity and is being used to help many clients through the treatment process. In recreational therapy, clients are able to get out and get active, participating in a variety of activities. This is a fun alternative to traditional therapy, and when used in combination with traditional methods, provides great results.
Clients in recreational therapy can take part in different activities, each serving a specific purpose. Clients may play a sport, which helps develop bonding and team building skills. Nature hikes or just getting outside provides those in recovery with a sense of calm and appreciation for nature. Recreational challenges like high ropes courses or backpacking can also be a part of this kind of therapy. These activities help the person improve decision-making and social skills, develop endurance, and learn the importance of accomplishment.
The goal of recreational therapy is to provide some fun during addiction rehab, but also to build the person up and help them learn the benefits of taking part in something constructive. Clients who take part in recreational therapy learn much about themselves and why they have gotten caught up with addiction, and they develop tools needed to continue in sobriety.
Using a Variety of Treatment Methods
Recreational therapy is a popular method for treatment, but it is the most effective when used along with other approaches. After taking part in an activity, the client may sit down with a therapist to talk about what they learned about themselves during the activity. Group recreational activities can help make group therapy sessions go more smoothly because clients become more comfortable with each other.
As with any addiction therapy program at New Objectives, our staff uses a multidimensional approach that makes use of a variety of methods. This approach allows us to address different areas of a client’s life that are out of balance, and work to heal the whole individual.