What did your teen love to do before drugs or alcohol? Maybe they played a sport like soccer or basketball. Or maybe you’re hoping they’ll find something they love that keeps them away from drugs or alcohol.
At Kokua Recovery, this is what our adventure therapy is all about. Twice a week, your teen will experience safe recreational activities like hiking in the mountains, white water rafting, skiing and rock climbing that challenge them and help them grow in ways they never thought possible.
While the recreational activities are rewarding by themselves, there is a much deeper therapeutic reason for them. Part of what your teen is struggling with is the lack of a healthy outlet for their stress and frustration. They develop unhealthy stress patterns, act out and make poor decisions like using drugs or alcohol to cope.
Adventure therapy works by breaking up these old stress patterns and replacing them with healthy, functional ones. These new thought and behavior patterns are created in this way:
In traditional therapy, it can be difficult to fully bring to light the old stress patterns and behaviors your teen has adopted. Recreational activities like rock climbing and white water rafting provide a new setting for your teen to uncover these negative behaviors and actively work to change them.
These recreational activities come with a level of perceived risk and are meant to challenge your teen both physically and mentally. These experiences help your teen develop trust with the adults who are running the activities and monitoring their safety.
Every time your teen participates in these activities, they learn teamwork and self-efficacy skills they’ve never had before. And when they’re done, they walk away feeling proud and accomplished. These feelings of empowerment and strength give your teen a new sense of purpose that doesn’t require drugs or alcohol.
During their stay at Kokua Recovery, your teen’s adventure therapy experiences and outcomes will help to supplement their 42 hours of experiential therapy. Your teen’s therapist will help them process their adventure therapy sessions and help them discover ways they can utilize these experiences in productive ways outside of treatment.
Adventure therapy provides experiences your teen will take with them for the rest of their lives. It’ll make your teen feel strong and fit and help improve their confidence and abilities. But most importantly, it’ll spark new passions or reignite old ones that can help your teen stay healthy and sober. Get your teen started today by calling (877) 302-5022.