When you think of addiction treatment in a rehab program, what images come into your mind? Many people first think of group therapy, sitting around in a circle of metal folding chairs, and sharing life stories among peers. But today’s addiction treatment has come a long way. One of the most essential types of therapy you receive gets you out of those folding chairs and into creative, engaging, and active pursuits of recreational therapy.

Recreational therapy, a collection of activities with therapeutic goals, takes place under a licensed therapist’s guidance and supervision at Promises in Austin. Most activities take place with your peer group and help you build a broad range of skills. They include sub-types of recreational therapy, such as art therapy, music therapy, equine-assisted therapy, or fitness therapy. Your Promises individual treatment plan employs the methods your therapist deems most useful for your recovery goals.

About Recreational Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Doctor explains the advantages of a recreational therapy programTo start, recreational therapy for addiction is fun and breaks up the monotony of talk therapies. This engaging intervention helps you achieve better mental and physical health after substance abuse. Recreational therapy also addresses your mind-body connection as part of healing the whole person.

In recreational therapy for addiction, you enjoy a range of leisure activities. Overall, these activities help you rehabilitate by building self-esteem and self-confidence. Staying busy, active, and creatively engaged also enables you to get through cravings, stress, and general tough times of day-to-day life.

As part of recreational therapy at Promises, you pursue some new activities that you might not otherwise gain exposure to in real life. You can carry many of these activities into your life at home, as new coping skills.

The biggest goal of your recreational therapy program is to help you fully engage in your life. It offers physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual benefits, whether the program includes one activity or a few different types. Good examples of this type of therapy include:

  • Arts, creative writing and music
  • Movement or dance
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Exercise, sports, and yoga
  • Animal care or interaction
  • Cooking and gardening
  • Drama

How Recreation Promotes Recovery

Therapeutic recreation at Promises does more than help you enjoy new activities while improving your self-image. You also improve your social skills, teamwork, cooperation, interpersonal relations, communication, and trust. You learn how to rebuild your life, stay healthy, as well as build sober relationships. These activities help you build energy, too.

These therapies offer you a break from tough sessions, like those of CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Recreational pursuits used for therapy do not require the labor of thought that other counseling methods do, as you act freely and spontaneously as part of the associated activities. You also find ways of filling the time that you once spent looking for drugs and using them.

Of course, recreational fitness and activities like yoga build your wellness through whole-body healing. Activities promote independence, motivate you, improve your mental and emotional health, enable a higher quality of life, and reduce isolation and stress.

Start Your Own Recreational Therapy at Promises

Promises offers recreational therapy for addiction as part of your addiction treatment. Your program can include equine-assisted, fitness, and art therapy, to name a few. Other services of Promises include:

Call Promises at 1.713.528.3709 to talk to a caring addiction treatment counselor today about your hopes and dreams for recovery. Learn more about available recreational therapy and other programs designed to conquer your addiction and create the life you always wanted.