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Adventure Therapy Safety

Adventure Therapy: Safe, Fun and Meaningful

Imagine spending an afternoon hiking through the mountains: Beautiful, vibrant trees and plant life are all around you and the smell of pine is in the air. You see a couple squirrels scampering up and down a tree trunk. You hear light chirping of birds in the distance and recognize the crunch of gravel and dirt beneath your feet as you walk.

Being out in nature is very much romanticized, and for good reason. When you’re out in the wild, you can’t help but feel lighter, relaxed and more at ease with the world.

The outdoors offers the same effect during addiction recovery, plus so much more. At Kokua Recovery, we incorporate adventure therapy into your teen’s treatment program. Your child will get to experience mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing and other exhilarating activities that will teach him valuable life lessons and skills he’ll take with him after treatment.

But one thing many parents wonder about adventure therapy is its safety. Let’s take a deeper dive into our adventure therapy program and how we keep your child safe.

What Your Teen Will Experience in Adventure Therapy

Twice a week, your teen will participate in recreational activities out in the mountains. No matter what activity he’s doing, the primary focus is getting him to do something with a certain level of challenge and risk.

This is because the challenges he faces will help him develop healthier ways to cope with stress and new self-efficacy skills. They’ll also help him learn how to trust those around him.

Let’s take rock climbing as an example. From the moment your teen puts on his gear and gets strapped in, he’ll be challenged both physically and mentally. Throughout his climb, he’ll have to learn to address his frustrations and stress in more productive ways that help him keep going. He’ll also have to rely on the individual belaying him, which starts to rebuild the trust in others he may have lost at some point either during or leading up to his addiction.

And when your teen successfully finishes his climb, he’ll experience a sense of pride and accomplishment he either hasn’t felt in a long time or hasn’t ever felt before.

“We want them to look back and be proud of their accomplishments,” Justin Swenson, Program Director at Kokua Recovery said. “These activities and accomplishments will tie into the rest of their lives.”

How We Keep Your Teen Safe

No matter if it’s rock climbing or another recreational activity, we take your child’s safety extremely seriously. Your teen is closely supervised during every adventure therapy session and is coached by professionals who are certified experts in the outdoor challenges he’s participating in.

Besides supervision and expert guidance, we always make sure your teen is equipped with proper gear for the activity we plan to do. We check our gear and equipment regularly to make sure it’s safe to use and teach your teen how to use the gear properly.

We also make sure your teen is involved in his own safety, giving each teen in the adventure therapy group their own task that they’re responsible for. From acting as the group leader to managing the gear or first aid kit, your teen will learn important safety skills and develop greater leadership.

Healing from Addiction with Adventure Therapy at Kokua Recovery

At Kokua Recovery, your teen will have incredible experiences during adventure therapy. These recreational activities will challenge him in ways he’s never before been challenged, build his confidence and strengthen his mind, body and spirit.

This is where your teen heals from addiction and develops new and mature skills and behaviors that he’ll continue using for the rest of his life. Contact us today to learn more about our program and find out how to get your teen started.

Ken Huey

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself). He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015. He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.

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