Recovery Ways offers many different types of therapies for our patients to help them understand their addiction and any co-occurring disorders, learn coping skills for sober living, and to help build support groups. This therapy is sometimes considered as experiential; meaning it is engaging in hands-on help that provides recovering addicts with the ability to process and deal with past trauma, offer a stronger sense of self, and exposure to new sober hobbies. Recreation therapy allows people to build more trust in themselves as well as others. Some of the more demanding activities can simulate real world stress.
People in early recovery learn how to overcome obstacles without using drugs or alcohol. Recreation therapy can also help with some co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Treating these disorders and the addiction together make relapse less likely. These activities also help recovering addicts become more personally responsible, develop their communication skills, learn problem-solving skills, and teamwork and support. These are all skills they can use in their new sober lifestyles as well as the activities they participate in.
Therapeutic Recreation is a process where a nationally certified and state licensed Recreation Therapist uses recreation activities of all kinds to bring about a positive change socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and/or spiritually. Recovery Ways capitalizes on our natural setting with a robust outdoor experimental therapy program under the direction of our nationally certified and state licensed Recreational Therapists. These therapists use all kinds of activities to allow patients to discover and re-create themselves while practicing skills in a safe supportive environment.
The Recreation Therapy process prepares patients in their recovery to initiate their leisure time with constructive activities, which may increase their self-efficacy, competence, and autonomy. It is a purposeful intervention designed to improve patient’s overall quality of life.
Recreation Therapy Focuses On:
Leisure education. Building healthy relationships. Creating trust in oneself and others. Building competence, reliability and independence. Enjoying sober fun and experiencing life. Increasing one’s self-worth and motivation. Recovery Ways believes in a holistic approach to addiction and a part of that is taking care of the body which physical activities such as those learned through this therapy help maintain a healthy body while offering a sense of fun and adventure for the patient.
When the patient makes it through therapy they may often times make new sober friends through these activities. These exercises and activities can help reduce depression, anxiety, stress, and cravings and will help keep patients busy and schedules full. Recreational therapy helps patients develop self-determination, an investment of attention, enjoyment, functional improvement, manage challenges, and intrinsic motivation. All of these things will help recovering addicts through everyday life stress, coping with triggers and co-occurring disorders, and maintaining their healthy sober lifestyle.
Having Fun Sober
Once patients complete their treatment program they will have experienced many new activities and maybe even some old activities but they were sober. These experiences remind them that they can have fun without using alcohol or drugs. It also teaches them that they can relieve stress and help manage their depression, anxiety, and other co-occurring disorders without drugs. They can meet new sober friends and continue these activities with other alumni from Recovery Ways. One of the biggest reasons for relapse after treatment is recovering addicts feel bored. Recovery Ways can help them find groups, facilities, and hobbies to help them keep their time busy once they are through with treatment
Activities May Include (weather permitting):
Recovery Ways knows that we have patients of all ages and all capabilities. While patients cannot skip out on the recreational therapy activity of the day they will be given some options for which they would like to do that day. We do encourage our patients to try new things and go out of their comfort zone a little bit so that they can accomplish new things, experience new adventures, and maybe even find a new sober hobby that they will love and will help make their transition into the real world sober even easier. Being located in Utah we are surrounded by a multitude of landscapes and recreational facilities. We are surrounded by mountains with some of the best powder(snow) around, deserts, lakes, rivers, canyons, and the recreation facilities. Some of the activities we participate in throughout treatment include:
- Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing
- Hiking, Rock Climbing & Repelling
- Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddle boarding
- Zip-lining & Rope Courses
- Bowling & Billiards
- Aquarium & Local Tours
- Miniature Golf
- Go-carts & Laser Tag
- Horse Riding
Benefits of Recreation Therapy
The major benefit is that it reduces boredom. It also improves self-esteem and social functioning. It helps patients develop exercise and relaxation skills and problem-solving skills. It decreases loneliness and increases feelings of control, ability to focus, ability to cope with stress, ability to choose non-chemical alternatives for achieving goals, and their ability to have fun sober.