How Does Recreation Therapy Work?

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Many kinds of therapeutic activities have been created to be used by individuals depending on their needs and what works best for them. Recreational therapy is a fantastic way for individuals to become more independent and learn the skills necessary to work through problems and engage in decision-making. According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, recreational therapy is a service used to: “restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.”

The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification has noted the following as types of recreation therapy:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Games
  • Dance and movement
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Community outings

Recreation therapy has many benefits, including but not limited to: reduction of stress and anxiety, improved self-control, improved coping mechanisms, improved psychosocial health, reduction of self-harm, improved socialization skills, cooperation and interpersonal interactions, increased memory, improved overall cognitive functioning, increased community integration, and more. The Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association also notes physical benefits of recreation therapy such as reduced cardiovascular and respiratory risk, reduced physical complications secondary to disability, and improved general physical and perceptual motor functioning.

Recreation therapy may give you the opportunity to discover a new passion – something that you may be able to spend your time doing once you are back to your home and local community. This form of therapy may help you bridge the gap between your treatment and life interactions. Getting involved in a physical activity means that you will be actively involved in restoring your mind, body, and spirit.

If you are seeking a world-renowned treatment center that offers recreation therapy, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery provides a home-like atmosphere that will give you the space needed to focus solely on your recovery. In partnership with Phoenix Multisport, we immerse clients in a wide array of private activities such as surfing, hiking, CrossFit, camping, rock climbing, and more on a weekly basis. Call us today for a consultation.