Typical substance abuse treatment involves educational groups, group therapy and individual therapy that are vital for the client’s recovery. It is important for the client to learn how to process their issues through these methods.

 

Another effective method of treatment is experiential therapy. Experiential therapy provides the client with opportunities and experiences that open up new horizons for learning. These activities and experiences can act as a catalyst to help the client work through issues surrounding their drug addiction and other problems. Some of the most impactful changes in behavior come through these personal experiences because they allow the client to be more open and relaxed than they might be in a more structured therapy session.

 

Experiential therapy at Renaissance Ranch includes hiking, snowshoeing, nature walks, fishing, ropes courses, spiritual work, meditation, and yoga. Clients also enjoy sports, bowling, movies, and museums.

 

As clients become involved in these activities, they are able to find ways to express their feelings and thoughts that they may have previously had a hard time expressing. They may also be able to tap into repressed memories or emotions and uncover the roots of problems they have been struggling with.

 

Service is also a key part of experiential therapy. Serving others is an essential element of long-term sobriety. It is important that our clients understand and experience the relationship of service to recovery. We provide weekly service opportunities for our clients to participate in that give back to the community.

 

During or after the experiential therapy, our trained therapists and counselors discuss the experiences with the clients to share insights into their behaviors and allow the clients to share their feelings about the experience. Together, the client and counselors can discover what prompts certain behaviors and apply the lessons learned to the client’s recovery process.

 

These experiences serve to help the client replace previous, addiction-based rituals and activities with a productive, fun, meaningful, and sober lifestyle. These experiences introduce clients to new activities that they can use to replace drug use and other harmful habits. Clients also are able to develop self-confidence as they uncover new talents and interests.