Experiential and Adventure Therapy

How Adventure Therapy Aids in RecoveryExperiences are conduits of transformation. They offer openings for personal exploration, empowerment, and growth, both internally and externally, leading to a deeper sense of self and how we can positively interconnect with each other and our environment. At Red Oak Recovery®, we offer experiential and adventure therapy that provides visceral opportunities for our clients to integrate the intellectual and emotional aspects of the therapeutic process with active learning. The value of this type of therapy is that it allows our clients to engage with their innate resilience, ability, and resourcefulness – which are often challenged or lost in substance abuse. By tapping into these experiences our clients begin to re-engage with and strengthen these inner-aspects while simultaneously experiencing the joys of a sensory rich and expansive, healthy life.

The variety of experiences that we offer through our adventure therapy program range greatly and are added to often based on clients’ interests and needs. On top of our regular Gestalt Therapy groups, each week our men’s community members are offered opportunities to engage with experiences such as:

  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Yoga and Mindfulness
  • Acupuncture
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Music Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Gardening
  • Volunteering

Outdoor Adventure Therapy

And then there are the outdoor adventure therapy approaches, which are all set in some of the most beautiful places in Western North Carolina. During trips such as these the mountains, trees, waters, and rocks serve as great teachers, inviting clients to delve deeper into their humility, focus, awareness, and endurance. For our clients who are ready and choose to take it on, we offer a culminating (capstone) experience involving four-days of solo camping. Within this long period of silence and deep introspection, our clients experience their own individual journey, which solidifies goals and leads to new and profound insights and understandings. Some of the adventure therapy experiences we offer at Red Oak include:

  • Backpacking
  • Day-hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Fly-fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ziplining
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Ropes Courses
  • Solo Camping Experience

Our entire Red Oak team is rooted in the teachings of experiences such as those that we offer, and passionate about our clients’ engagement with this exciting and endlessly dynamic path toward recovery. The potential benefits of the experiential therapy program at Red Oak Recovery® are truly limitless.