Outdoor Therapy

Ahhh, yes the great outdoors! There really is no better place to be… Do you remember being young and your parents suggesting “Hey you, I think it is about time to play outside?”

Outdoor Therapy (2)It is irrelevant at this point what their intention may have been with that suggestion. Perhaps, they just needed a “kid break”. Perhaps, though, the case was that the adult in your life knew and understood the many benefits time spent outdoors can bring.

The fact is, time spent in nature has always been good for us. A healthy dose of Vitamin D is reason enough alone to head outdoors to bask in the sunshine. Vitamin D is a natural defense against depression. Addicts in recovery commonly have issues combating depression when they stop their drug use.

A simple and effective way to ease the discomfort of depression is to head outside and soak up a few rays.

Freedom Found in Nature

Nature can be a healing essence in your path of recovery from addiction. Many recovering addicts can attribute their own personal growth to time spent in nature, just simply reflecting.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in tune once more.” John Burroughs

Now that recovery is upon you, your soul wants you to break those chains and let sunlight filter in! We want more than anything for you to depart from the dark and dreary addict’s state of mind. Freedom is yours to relish and enjoy when you live a life free from mind altering substances.

What is Outdoor Therapy Specifically?

Conducting any type of therapy session outside brings a relaxing ambiance to the therapeutic process. People everywhere who have experienced successful recovery can attest to the healing powers of being outdoors.

Let us take a look at some of the effective ways in which outdoor therapy can help you:

  • Anxiety reduction
  • Feeling of connectedness and belonging
  • Heightened awareness
  • Outdoor therapy that employs the use of movement will release endorphins
  • Restores mental health
  • Improves functioning
  • Fosters independence
  • Stress reduction

We believe in using a holistic approach to treating the problem of addiction. Outdoor therapy is one of the many proven and successful methods to help addicts recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.

Your addiction specialist will work with you to decide which type of outdoor therapy will best serve your treatment plan and goals. It is by working together and developing a complete understanding of who you are as a person, that an ideal treatment plan can be created. This could include one-on-one therapy sessions conducted outside, group therapy with others who’d benefit from being outdoors, or active therapy.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation.” Plato

Active therapy completed outdoors could consist of creative means, such as arts and crafts, or exercise and dance programs.

We hope that you have found this information as delightful as its intended purpose. Many people who have spent years in addiction have lost the ability to have fun. Fun is a very important aspect of getting and staying sober. There is much fun to be had in your new life of recovery. The great outdoors can provide endless hours of fun, reflection, personal and spiritual growth, and so much more.


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