What Can I Expect with Recreational Therapy?


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Recreation therapy is an exciting way to learn something new while moving past addiction in recovery. It is based on activities that address the needs of a person with an addiction, while promoting physical and psychological well-being. The right treatment program will lead a variety of fun activities to help you become more balanced. These activities should be challenging enough to help your cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual functioning to make the most of life. The following are some exciting activities most often incorporated in recreational therapy:

  • Rock-climbing
  • Ropes course
  • Fitness center with machines and exercises
  • Team-building activities
  • Nature activities
  • Trust activities
  • Relaxation
  • Arts and crafts
  • Social activities

With recreation therapy, you can expect to work either by yourself or with a team. Interacting with other people during group activities is a fantastic way to build your self-confidence and improve your communication with others. Some activities may cause you to think critically and efficiently to win or reach a common goal; these activities are to help you build your memory and judgment, tools that may have been weakened from addiction.

A study published in 2012 found that participants who transitioned from a rehabilitation program to a sober-living community found they were more successful at reaching sobriety when they participated in recreational activities; these activities helped them regulate their mood and maintain their physical and mental health.

If you have the option to participate in recreation therapy, participate in a few activities and see how you feel over time. Many people find a heightened sense of community while learning something new. If you haven’t sought out help from a treatment center yet, make the decision to reach out today. There are so many resources available to help you lead a happier, healthier life.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking a treatment center that focuses primarily on mental health, call our parent property, New Vista Behavioral Health, at 855-398-7959. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.