Recreation Therapy for Addiction Treatment
Plato, the Ancient Greek philosopher, once said, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than from a lifetime of conversation.”
In addiction treatment, this timeless quote remains true.
Recreation therapy enables amazing breakthroughs for many participants. This modality provides a deeper understanding of your nature, addiction, and the path to recovery. At Discovery Point Retreat, you’ll be working with a recreational therapist who will help you relearn to enjoy simple pleasures and help you learn to enjoy life again.
What is Recreation Therapy?
Recreation therapy can be traced back to the 1850s when Florence Nightingale introduced the idea of using recreation to improve the human condition.
It’s a process that uses recreation and other activities to address an illness or condition to improve your physical health and well-being. The purpose of recreational therapy is to improve the way one functions, allowing full participation in life!
Depression and addiction strip one’s will from participating (or wanting to participate in) hobbies, passions, and enjoyable pastimes. Writers stop writing. Athletes neglect the
Core areas recreational therapy addresses your physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Recreational therapy heralds a heavy focus on the arts, including music, crafting projects, and drama. Including the arts in rehabilitation helps clients process deep-seated feelings.
A recreational therapist uses a myriad of techniques to provide treatment like arts and crafts, sports, drama, music, community outings, or games. Such activities can help address your psychological and physical rehabilitation needs. It aims to improve your mental health, recover basic motor functioning, build your confidence, and help you function.
How Does Recreational Therapy Work?
Recreational therapy at Discovery Point Retreat uses fun activities to address your recovery needs. Each therapy session seems like play or a team-based activity. But while this therapy certainly restores and rehabilitates your spirit, it helps your therapist work past barriers presented in your talk therapy sessions. At the same time, you rebuild your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Recreation therapy in Dallas, TX helps you come out of the isolation of your substance abuse. You relearn social skills and how to enjoy yourself. You also learn to replace your lifestyle of drug-seeking, using, and recovery with fun activities you enjoy. At its most basic, this therapy takes you from a life of dormancy into one of participation.
With our program, we offer a wide variety of activities. With our picturesque location in nature, we offer things like equine therapy, hiking, and fishing. Since we’re close to Dallas as well, we often take coordinated sightseeing trips into the city.
While many activities in recreation therapy in Dallas, TX seem fun and more like games than therapy, you still achieve individual goals as part of each session. Your recreational therapist also uses these methods to reduce your depression, anxiety, and stress. You replace those feelings with greater confidence and self-esteem, especially toward better socialization in your community. Other benefits include feeling healthier from the physical activity and mental engagement each session requires.
There are real goals associated with your recreation therapy. Your recreational therapist sets these goals and helps you achieve them as part of a clear process used in designing the therapy. This process starts with assessing your unique needs and capabilities. It then includes planning the therapy, engaging in the session’s activity, and evaluating your progress at the end of the session.
Benefits of Recreational Therapy
Recreation therapy in Dallas, TX at Discovery Point Retreat provides many benefits. These start with your therapist’s ability to design the sessions based on individual physical and mental capabilities. Therapy using recreation works for people of all ages, physical conditions, and needs.
Studies also show these therapies provide positive physical and mental health benefits. You gain the best results when using recreation within a complete therapy program, such as with cognitive behavioral therapy and individual counseling. Overall benefits include:
- Reducing the effects of your addiction and mental health problems
- Availability for groups of all sizes
- Addressing you as a whole being with a range of needs
- Helping you improve your individual functioning
- Improving your social skills and teamwork
- Enhancing the quality of life
- Providing new outlets for your energy and as coping skills
Recreational activities involve automatic thought you do not censor, such as through gameplay or team-based activities. This makes your responses and behaviors in these therapy sessions more automatic, at the same time. You gain a clearer picture of your nature and reactions to stress. These truths help you and your recreational therapist dive more deeply into the roots of your addiction and needs for long term recovery.
Through your activities and engagement with other people, you build self-esteem and confidence in your capabilities. Addiction took you out of team-based scenarios and cooperative efforts for a long time. This eroded your confidence in social situations. But with a recreational therapist, you relearn how to socialize, play, enjoy relationships, and work with others toward common goals.
Recreation Therapy Near Dallas, TX
In Waxahachie, Texas, Discovery Point Retreat provides recreation therapy along with a mix of other programs and services. Individualized treatment planning ensures these services meet your unique needs for your strongest recovery. These programs and services include:
- Medical detox
- Inpatient rehab
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- 12 step program
Recreation Therapy in Dallas, TX
Treatment at Discovery Point Retreat focuses on what you need for lasting abstinence from drugs and alcohol. You also heal the root causes of your addiction, setting achievable goals for your future. All of this treatment takes place in comfortable, positive surroundings where you relearn how to live a healthy, happy life. Learn more about recreation therapy and other aspects of treatment at Discovery Point Retreat by calling (855) 306-8054.