Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor therapy at New Creation Treatment recognizes that there are numerous Christian, faith based addiction treatment programs available to help individuals recover from the shackles of addiction. Most of these programs include strategies and activities that involve talking and listening in confined spaces with other recovering patients. This method may be effective and attractive to some, but if you are having a hard time contemplating the fact that you are in need of serious treatment, being in such a scenario may not be the most suitable program for you.

New Creations Treatment understands such situations very well; that is why one of its innovative recovery programs includes outdoor therapy. As the name suggests, this therapy is conducted outdoors and make use of the often untapped benefits of Vitamin “N,” or nature. Many studies and researches support the fact that nature is an effective medicine to heal not only the body but most importantly, the mind. Doctors and psychologists both agree that substance abuse causes you to be disengaged from the environment; hence, recovery is possible by arousing all your senses and directly experiencing your surroundings.

What Can You Expect?

If you think that outdoor addiction therapy is just another type of “couch” session or holding-hands-while-describing-your feelings-gathering with your therapist, albeit carried out in the mountains or outdoors, you would be surprised – pleasantly surprised!

Outdoor addiction therapy involved in this program are physical, interesting, and even fun if you let yourself to fully immerse in the experience. Let your guard down, there are no tricks here, trust the program and believe in yourself.

Some of the activities under this kind of therapy include challenges that you have to overcome that can only be done in nature such as the following:

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • White water activities
From the activities mentioned above, you can easily be mistaken that the same is a vacation with friends rather than an inpatient alcohol rehab right? While this may be true, you can observe that all the activities are physically demanding and will require the use of your mind, specifically problem-solving skills.  And because New Creation Treatment puts our focus on faith, we’ve come to notice that time spent in the beauty of nature assists us as Christian women to strengthen our relationship with God.

How Can It Help You?

The various activities and processes involved in outdoor therapy are all geared towards providing you with opportunities to develop essential life skills that you will need to cope with various difficult situations that you may encounter. The activities that you need to accomplish in the program involve challenges that you have to overcome. Completing them is not the end goal, but harvesting and learning important values in the process of carrying them out. These values include:

  • Communing and acknowledging your role in the natural world
  • Teamwork
  • Self-reliance
  • Self-confidence
  • Taking responsibility for your actions
  • Appreciating the consequences (both good and bad) of your actions
  • Positive view of “control”

Apart from the “doing” part, the setting plays an equally vital role in the effectiveness of this therapeutic program. Numerous studies support the benefits of direct contact with nature in developing a much healthier psychological and spiritual state. It is no wonder that a lot of “enlightened” individuals spend a lot of alone time meditating with nature.

If you have been putting off treatment for a while now, it is best to gather your resolve and at least consider outdoor therapy if you are not comfortable with conventional rehabilitation programs. For more information on the healing power of this program, you should get in touch with the devoted and skilled professionals of New Creation Treatment.