Most of the recovering addicts feel uncomfortable in the environment of traditional therapy centers. Experiential therapy takes these recovering addicts outdoors, into art studios, rock climbing, and plenty of other places. It includes using engaging activities that liberate the patient from the trauma of the past. Addiction doesn’t have to control anyone’s life. Take back control with the experiential therapy program at Addiction Rehab Centers today by calling 844.910.0686.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy is a blanket term for a range of therapeutic options. Experiential therapy can help the patients re-experience good memories from past and recent relationships. Some people feel hesitant to talk openly with their therapist in the environment of therapy centers. As a result, their therapist takes them to an environment where they feel comfortable, like art studios, parks, etc.
Benefits of Experiential Therapy
Through this therapy, a recovering patient learns how to face his problems without turning to drugs. It also aids the patient to face fundamental issues maturely, such as:
- Repressed emotions
- Unconscious clashes
- Unresolved trauma
- Poor problem-solving skills
These issues are challenging to identify and explore using traditional talk therapy alone. This therapy helps the patients gain a greater sense of self-awareness and self-confidence. It gets them in touch with their deepest desires, motives, needs, and emotions.
Therapies and Activities We Use During Experiential Therapy:
The best way to overcome negativity moves to avoid negative people. We believe negativity begets negativity. This idea is particularly true in the case of substance abuse. We utilize a variety of therapies and activities in our experiential therapy program, including:
- Family therapy
- Rock climbing
- Role playing
- Art therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Rogerian therapy
- Music therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Play therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Wilderness therapy
- Ropes courses
To learn about the therapeutic options available to our patients, please contact Addiction Rehab Centers.
Use of Experiential Therapy in Addiction Treatment:
Experiential therapy can treat trauma, grief, loss recovery, anger management, substance abuse, and various physical, behavioral, and mental addictions. It includes physically demanding activities such as hiking, rock climbing, etc. This therapy is also beneficial for other disorders co-occurring with the addiction. Following are the co-occurring disorders that we can treat:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
For more information about the treatment options available for co-occurring disorders, please contact us today.
Types of Experiential Therapy
We use a variety of types of experiential therapy at our treatment center.
It is a form of experiential therapy which is available in a group setting. One of the members plays the role of the protagonist while other members of the group play supporting roles. They dramatize a specific common issue or problem. In this way, therapy clients look at this issue from a new perspective, explore internal conflicts, try out new behaviors, and learn to control painful emotions.
This therapy is fun, and it includes various outdoor activities like:
- Rock climbing
- Horse riding
It helps those in recovery by improving their communication and problem-solving skills when they work in a group setting. These physical activities represent various challenges of life.
In this therapy, the patients express themselves and their inner feelings by using the language of art and music. Patients create art and process their negative, distressing, and harmful emotions healthily. This therapy has proved to be very helpful in recovery.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
This therapy makes use of the horses during therapeutic recovery exercises. The patients do not ride on the horses. Instead, they take care of the horses. The patients feed, clean, harness, and walk them throughout the session of this therapy. The way a person interacts with the horse helps reveal his mental and emotional state. In this therapy, the horses are therapeutic tools that enable clients to identify and change their self-defeating behaviors.
This therapy is commonly available for children, but it is also convenient for teenagers, adults, couples, and families. It is beneficial for those patients who are unable to speak or face difficulty in speaking. The patient’s behavioral problems, painful emotions, conflicts, and unresolved trauma are gradually revealed through playing. The therapists help their clients play and play with them to bring about growth, recovery, and healing.
This therapy is one of the oldest and best-known experiential therapies. Gestalt therapy emphasizes personal responsibility and addressing unfinished work. “Empty chair” is the most commonly used experiential method. In this technique, the client imagines someone or something (e.g., a goal, a symptom, a parent, a friend) and has a conversation with that person or thing to control his internal conflicts and clashes.
Learn More at Addiction Rehab Centers
Substance abuse can wreak havoc on a person’s life, but there is help available. At Addiction Rehab Centers, we’re committed to helping people across Indiana overcome addiction. To learn how experiential therapy can support recovery, please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686.