Therapeutic Activities that Reignite Old Passions and Spark New Ones
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. That’s where adventure therapy can help.
At Red Mountain Colorado, 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, rock climbing that challenge them and help them grow in ways they never thought possible.
How Adventure Therapy for Teens Works
While the adventure 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.
Our teen 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:
- Activities like rock climbing serve as a challenge that increases your teen’s stress, but in a safe and controlled way.
- A certified adult assists your teen to help them complete the task and resolve the stress.
- By repeatedly having the successful resolution of stressful situations, that becomes the new pattern. The pattern becomes one of following trusted adults to success.
New Challenges that Address Your Teen’s Stress
In traditional therapy, it can be difficult to fully bring to light the old stress patterns and behaviors your teen has adopted. Adventure 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 adventure 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.
Development of New Stress Resolution and Coping Skills
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.
How Teen Adventure Therapy Supplements Individual Therapy
During their stay at Red Mountain Colorado, your teen’s adventure therapy experiences and outcomes are one facet of 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.
Healing and Empowerment Awaits at Red Mountain Colorado
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.