At Foundations Recovery Therapy, one of the addiction treatment therapies we offer to clients is recreational therapy. When clients aren’t at our facility, they have the choice to explore numerous therapeutic activities. These activities include trips to local attractions, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as outdoor activities, such as hiking at Patapsco Valley State Park.
These trips have a social, spiritual, and cultural focus. By allowing groups to explore local museums, art galleries, or historical sites, they can relate these trips to exploring the self. Other therapeutic recreational activities include natural therapies like hikes and nature walks, which are proven treatments that can ease stress and boost recovery. Clients will also have the opportunity to go on outings with peer groups. By taking a break from the intense aspect of recovery, we can learn to enjoy ourselves.
How Recreational Therapy Can Help in Recovery
A recreation therapy program is an experiential therapy, meaning it is based on individuals having a particular experience in the world. Experiential therapies have recently been discovered to have significant impacts on people over time.
People learn in all kinds of ways. When individuals have been chronically addicted to substances like drugs or alcohol, they have been accustoming their mind and body to use substances at specific times or react to different things. Aside from the biological effects of dependency, addiction creates habits, associations, and muscle memory. In recovery, individuals need to unlearn those habits. One of the best ways to unlearn unhealthy habits and replace them with positive ones is recreational therapy.
Recreational therapy can help individuals:
- Develop social skills
- Nurture their sense of well-being and be in a better mood
- Gives ways to augment aspects of work and life
- Have a better quality of life
- Strengthen both the body and the mind
- Develop better motor skills
Recreational therapy can help individuals remember the things that they used to enjoy doing. It can inspire them to go out and join in soccer pick up games, find a tennis partner, or get to that hiking meet-up group. After treatment, these habits can reduce exposure to relapse triggers and help individuals make a lasting recovery.
A recreational therapy program is about learning new and old skills to help clients cope with cravings. It is also a way for individuals to access memories and feelings they may not be able to in talk therapy sessions.
Types of Therapeutic Recreation
A recreational therapy program is just that, recreation. But it isn’t simply relaxing or having fun. Recreational therapy acts as a small piece of an overall therapy program. It’s designed to give individuals struggling with substance use disorder a means to release tensions, develop new interests that aren’t associated with drugs or alcohol, learn new skills and hobbies, and lay the foundations for an active, healthy life after treatment. There are numerous events that recreational therapy may involve, such as:
- Soccer, kickball, other team sports
- Animal therapy
- Community outings
At Foundations Recovery Center, clients participate in activities like these with others from the program, those in their group therapy sessions and other sessions. In this way, clients can re-socialize and build interpersonal bonds through shared interests and experiences.
How Foundations Recovery Center Can Help
Rehab is the chance to recreate a new self, one that clients have always dreamed of, and recreational therapy will help accomplish that.
Foundations Recovery Center offers a holistic approach to recovery and healing from addiction, which is the best way to ensure long-term sobriety. Some of our other therapeutic options include: