Adventure Therapy is one of our popular treatments for substance abuse and addiction recovery, not just because it’s fun, but because we have found it to be an effective therapy for our patients. This is because adventure therapy offers a variety of benefits including communication skills, assessing risk and reward, and learning to take responsibility among many others we’ll discuss here.

What is Adventure Therapy?

It is an experiential form of psychotherapy that was developed in the early part of the 20th century as a way to provide a safe environment while participating in activities that might be considered risky and exciting if performed without supervision. We provide adventure therapy to offer a sense of perceived risk so that our clients can learn to take on challenges, build trust in their peers, and develop confidence as they participate in these activities.

At OC Revive, the main elements that we include in our adventure therapy exercises are to provide structured goals, a component of adventure, a sense of individual responsibility, an atmosphere of friendly camaraderie, a combination of verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

Types of Adventure Therapy

We offer adventure therapy as individual as well as group activities, primarily in a group setting, to enhance and take advantage of several of the benefits of this approach. They could be indoor or outdoor, depending on various factors that we try to include for a specific group.

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Personal Exploration Groups

These are a set of exercises designed to support specific character traits that a group may be trying to learn, such as honesty, helpfulness, social skills, etc.

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Problem-Solving Activities

These are typically posed as challenging games to encourage mental activity and problem-solving.

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Trust Building Initiatives

Many of our activities are intended to team up individuals with each other so that they learn to communicate, build relationships, and most importantly develop trust in others.

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Outdoor Exercises

We create outdoor exercises for our clients to allow them to learn to overcome obstacles, handle their emotions, and practice coping skills so that they learn about their strengths as well as their peers.

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Wilderness Therapy

Sometimes we include wilderness expeditions that are set in nature, and in unfamiliar surroundings so that our patients can learn to adapt to harsher environments and uncomfortable settings.

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Adventure Driven Expeditions

While there is some crossover between the above activities, adventure-driven therapy may include activities such as kayaking, zip-lining, mountain climbing, etc.

Benefits of Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy offers a powerful treatment approach for several substance abuse disorders as well as mental health disorders. It is very effective in helping our patients cope with real-life situations after recovery.

Although Adventure Therapy is not the primary treatment for substance abuse and addiction recovery, we at OC Revive, have found it to be highly effective in helping individuals find purpose and empowerment, so that they can learn to engage with life and real-world situations in their road to recovery.

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Adventure Therapy with OC Revive

Take the first step on this exhilarating path to recovery. Reach out to OC Revive today to learn more about our Adventure Therapy program and how it can be integrated into your personalized treatment plan. Let’s tackle this adventure together and move towards a brighter, healthier future. Call us at 844-954-3890 or visit to start your adventure therapy journey now!


Adventure Therapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy that combines structured activities with perceived risk to aid in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders. It helps by engaging clients in activities that require communication, problem-solving, and trust-building, mirroring the challenges they may face in recovery. The therapy encourages taking responsibility, enhances self-confidence, and teaches coping skills through real-life experiences and teamwork.

While Adventure Therapy has many benefits, it is not typically used as the sole treatment for substance abuse and addiction recovery. It is most effective when integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that includes traditional counseling, medical care, and support groups. Adventure Therapy is an adjunct to these traditional methods, offering a dynamic way to reinforce lessons learned in therapy and promote personal growth.

At OC Revive, Adventure Therapy includes a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Personal Exploration Groups that foster character development.
  • Problem-Solving Activities that encourage mental engagement.
  • Trust Building Initiatives to promote communication and relationships.
  • Outdoor Exercises that teach clients to overcome obstacles and handle emotions.
  • Wilderness Therapy for adaptation skills in unfamiliar environments.
  • Adventure Driven Expeditions, like kayaking and zip-lining, for experiential learning.

Adventure Therapy is suitable for individuals undergoing treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders who are physically able to participate in the activities. Before starting Adventure Therapy, clients are typically assessed to ensure that they can safely engage in the activities. It’s important that participants are medically cleared and have a baseline level of physical fitness appropriate for the specific adventure activities planned.

Research has shown that Adventure Therapy can offer numerous benefits in the recovery process, including:

  • Improved self-esteem and self-efficacy.
  • Enhanced social skills and communication abilities.
  • Increased trust in oneself and others.
  • Greater problem-solving skills.
  • Strengthened coping mechanisms for stress and adversity.
  • The ability to take responsibility for one’s actions.
  • Development of a supportive community.
  • Encouragement of a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness.
  • A heightened sense of purpose and personal empowerment.

Adventure Therapy provides a unique and effective avenue for individuals to explore their abilities, confront their fears, and build a solid foundation for long-term recovery.

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