Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy is a form of experiential psychotherapy in which participants complete challenging activities within a safe and closely supervised environment. Ropes courses, problem-solving activities, outdoor experiences, and trust-based activities are all examples of adventure therapy.

An Integral Part of Sierra Tucson’s Treatment Programs

Adventure therapy is interwoven into all of our programming at Sierra Tucson, with residents typically alternating between a therapeutic adventure activity and equine therapy each week. These are all group activities, though some have an individual component to them that requires the rest of the group to offer encouragement and support to one member.

While some of the activities are low-impact exercises, others present a greater risk/challenge. We focus on team building and problem solving – essential components to recovery.

Adventure Therapy on Our Challenge Course

At Sierra Tucson, residents have the opportunity to participate in adventure therapy via 16 elements on our challenge course, as well as numerous indoor adventure therapy activities.

  • The challenge course and adventure activities provide the perfect opportunity to face interpersonal issues.
  • Residents gain a heightened awareness about behavior and consequences, acceptance, and trust.
  • They also may discover personal limitations or that they have greater reserves of strength, capabilities, and courage in the process.

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Equine-Assisted Therapy is part of the Therapeutic Recreational & Activities Program at Sierra Tucson. Certified equine therapists guide residents as they interact with our horses in a safe and therapeutic environment. This form of experiential therapy assists clients in exploring and discovering their authentic selves. To learn more about this powerful treatment modality, visit our Equine-Assisted Therapy page.

Adventure Therapy at Sierra is Voluntary

Though effective adventure therapy is accomplished in a safe, nurturing, and closely supervised environment, some residents may still be hesitant to participate. Those who prefer not to take part in certain activities always have the option of simply observing or attending another Sierra Tucson group in which they feel comfortable.

Our Therapeutic Recreational & Activities Program is designed to promote recovery and encourage residents to make healthy lifestyle changes even after their time in residential treatment.

Comprehensive Fitness Assessment

Each resident at Sierra Tucson receives a thorough Fitness Assessment, which is used in planning activities to enhance the individual’s treatment process and to facilitate continuing care recommendations pertinent to recovery. The attending physician assesses his or her appropriate level of activity throughout the course of treatment. We emphasize the importance of health and wellness by teaching residents how to practice self-care on a daily basis.

Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation

In addition to the many therapeutic benefits that can be gained from participating in these activities, therapeutic recreation also allows residents to discover new and productive ways to fill their leisure hours, as well as process everyday stresses and pressures. For individuals who previously spent much of their days acquiring and using drugs — or who responded to stress by engaging in self-harming activities — learning healthy new pursuits can be a key element in promoting recovery and preventing relapse.

Types of Therapeutic Recreation

The following are examples of the innovative and effective therapeutic activities that we use to help our clients address their unique needs and meet their personal goals. Because of the individualized nature of treatment at Sierra Tucson, participation in these activities is determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing Wall
  • Expressive Arts
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
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