Adventure Therapy: How You Can Benefit

Take a different kind of medicine next time you're feeling down. Not the kind you can get in the store, the kind you can only find deep in the wilderness in the form of a hike, fishing trip or canoe ride. This medicine is prescribed by adventure therapists and leads to improved self-esteem, problem solving skills and overall well-being.

The specialized field of psychology takes patients off the couch and brings them outside, promoting interpersonal, social and psychological wellness, and change through outdoor experiences.

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This form of therapy serves a large and diverse group of people, ranging from teens to adults, who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety, relationship issues such as family and marital, obesity and PTSD.

By combining therapeutic techniques with outdoor activities, individuals are challenged to take their current perceptions and behaviors and modify them for a positive outcome.

You don't need to be struggling with addiction, depression or anxiety to benefit from adventure therapy. It's equally effective if you want to get out of a rut or boost your mood.

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Adventure Therapy Activities

The activities that are popular in adventure therapy are ones you likely partake in on the weekend or during a camping trip. They include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Rock climbing
  • Fishing
  • Trust activities
  • Team bonding
  • Ropes courses

These activities lead to a variety of benefits such as:

  • Elevated mood
  • Refreshed mind
  • Decreased stress
  • Perception change
  • Physical fitness
  • Communication
  • Self-esteem
  • Problem solving
  • Motivation

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