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Adventure Therapy Program at Windward Way Recovery

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When teachers attend education courses, they learn that every student is unique and processes and remembers information differently. Some are visual learners, others prefer audio, while others perform better when they write everything down or are more hands-on. Therapy is no exception.

For some people, sitting on a chair in therapy can seem annoying. That’s where adventure therapy comes in.

What Is the History of Adventure Therapy?

In the mid-1940s, Campbell Loughmiller developed the Salesmanship Club Camp while German educator Kurt Hahn created the Outward Bound program. Both of these are considered two of the greatest influences on adventure therapy.

In his Salesman Club Camp, Loughmiller argued that when individuals are put in a dangerous environment, they learn more about cooperation and natural consequences than if they were to read about them from a book. On the same note, Hahn believed that students that deal with more challenging experiences could better discover and understand their capabilities.

Taught under Hahn and inspired by him, Josh Miner introduced the Outward Bound program in the United States and opened a 35-student school in Colorado, in 1962. Likewise, the Outward Bound School influenced Project Adventure, a system developed by Mary Smith, a social worker, and Paul Radcliffe, a school psychologist. Together, the two created adventure therapy interventions and activities that include cooperative games and brought them into the American classrooms.

Outward Bound now has programs for teens, young adults, and training programs throughout the United States and other countries in the world.

Who Is a Good Fit for Adventure Therapy?

  • Conflicted families
  • Individuals with low self-esteem
  • Adolescents with substance abuse issues or behavioral issues
  • Juvenile offenders
  • Anger management issues

How Accepted Is It in the Treatment Community?

While the specialists in the community still disagree about a number of the processes employed in adventure therapy, it has nonetheless reported positive outcomes in improving self-esteem or even teenage behavior.

How Successful Are the Outcomes?

So far, the benefits of adventure therapy include:

  • Increased communication skills
  • Learning teamwork
  • Learning to trust oneself and others
  • Leadership skills
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Sense of worthiness and self-confidence
  • Learning to give and receive feedback
  • Learning boundaries
  • Learning to help and be helped
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone
  • Discovering strengths and weaknesses

If you were previously let down by therapy and were thinking of giving up, don’t do it before you try adventure therapy. Designed to be fun and exciting, it almost doesn’t feel like therapy at all.

Windward Way: Your Gateway to an Outdoor Rehab Center Experience

Our adventure therapy program excursions at Windward Way deliver the real deal. Epic adventures standing by—yours for the taking. In fact, it’s just one of the aspects of our addiction treatment program that makes us truly unique.

We absolutely insist our clients have fun traveling their new road leading to successful recovery. We offer hiking, sailing, rock climbing, wilderness exploration, camping, bowling, paint balling, soccer, fishing, paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking—we’ve even got a 40ft sailboat and 26ft speedboat that we take out on the open ocean so you can practice your newly acquired skills that include setting a spinnaker.

While other treatment centers talk about their adventure programs, we truly provide the exciting addiction treatment experience. We do it all in a place that’s world famous for fun—we are either at, or within a handful of miles, of the best of all possible coastlines, mountains, and deserts to be found in Southern California. Begin your adventure today at: 855-491-7694.

Above and beyond these offerings, we offer access to some of the finest sports and fitness facilities in the world. These local resources sport state-of-the-art equipment, and group and individual exercise programs taught by professional trainers. It’s all a part of our wellness program to fulfill our commitment to provide all our clients a continuum of care and holistic drug and alcohol treatment.

Windward Way lives, eats, and breathes adventure. Our alums tell us they carry with them the memories of their own adventures and—more importantly—understand the meaning of what it takes to experience life again. Reach out today at 855-491-7694. Your adventure awaits.