Positively Pushing Boundaries
As you or your loved one goes through the various stages of addiction recovery, there will be a-ha moments that help you understand how drug or alcohol dependency happened and what’s needed to stay clear of triggers and cravings that may promote relapse. Sure, there’s fear of the unknown as each day in sobriety can bring more questions, which can be unsettling.
The best way to overcome fear is to face it, and outdoor therapy provides the opportunity to do just that. When clients are given a chance to push through self-imposed boundaries, not only can they realize the inner strength they already possess but their innate ability to persevere whatever comes their way.
Boredom can also be a precursor to drug relapse. Getting outdoors fills idle time that might be otherwise spent in negative thought, contemplating destructive behaviors. Through outdoor therapy, clients are exposed to new places, new people, and new ideas. This opens the door to new hobbies and healthier relationships, cornerstones for sobriety success.
Keeping Emotion at Arm’s Length
In a world that can appear out-of-control, maintaining self-control is crucial to mental health and working a recovery program. Recreational activities provide the healthy outlet needed to escape a busy lifestyle and reconnect inner balance.
The takeaways from outdoor therapy can be brought into daily life, boosting the ability to focus and to gain control of the emotions. Mental agility is a day-to-day challenge as unforeseen circumstances can test our patience, giving rise to negativity. Through mindfulness, time spent in the outdoors, and exploring new points of interest with newfound people, stress reduction becomes a natural occurrence.
Outdoor therapy excursions include:
- Visiting local points of interest
- Equine therapy
- And more