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Adventure Outings at Windward Way Recovery

This is not available in our standard treatment plans. Please discuss with your counselor how to add the adventure therapy program on at an additional charge.

Adventure Outings: Treating Substance Abuse Issues

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 Exciting Rehab Center Experience

Our adventure outings 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 beach trips, hiking, bowling, basketball, paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking.  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.

We also offer access to local fitness facilities that provide state-of-the-art equipment. We highly encourage clients to develop a personal wellness program to recovery holistically- physically, emotionally and spiritually from drugs and/or alcohol .

Windward Way believes you can live a life of adventure in sobriety. 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.

This is not available in our standard treatment plans. Please discuss with your counselor how to add the adventure therapy program on at an additional charge.