If you’ve ever taken a walk or gone for a hike in nature, then you know about its healing effects first hand. The fresh air, natural light and sounds work in harmony to bring many people a sense of peace. Reconnecting with nature can also have a powerful and positive effect on symptoms of depression, tension and low self-esteem.
What is nature rehabilitation?
Nature rehabilitation is a type of experiential therapy that involves actions, movement and activities, rather than the more traditional, “talk therapy.” It is often very effective for those who have a difficult time expressing themselves verbally. For those struggling with addiction, rehabilitation using nature offers a unique approach that focuses on healing not only the body, but also the mind and spirit.
What types of activities are typically offered?
Wilderness therapy programs usually offer a wide array of physical activities, including:
- Mountain climbing
- White water rafting
Benefits of nature rehabilitation
Nature rehabilitation, also known as adventure therapy, acts as a catalyst for long-lasting change because it teaches skills that are transferrable to real world situations. It helps individuals learn to share control, give control to others when necessary, and assume aspects of control and responsibility for themselves. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Increased sense of trust
- Ability to work effectively as a team
- Increased feelings of belonging and connectedness to both nature and other people
- Improved mental health
- Better control over moods
- Mastery of basic survival and self-care skills
- Increased self-respect
Embracing nature, experiencing an active lifestyle and participating in a comprehensive addiction treatment program helps affirm that a life without drugs is well worth living. For more information about nature rehabilitation at Alpine Recovery Lodge, call 877-415-4060.