Eco-therapy for Addiction Treatment

Proper treatment and support should be given to an individual struggling with addiction.
Going into the wilderness to observe, commune with, and relate to nature has long been a habit of those who practice mindfulness.

A connection to the Earth and to the natural world can be a very strong source of foundational strength for humans.  When relationships to other people are trying or difficult, this mind-world connection can be a source of solace. There is an innate harmony that can be found when in the wilderness, and the therapeutic technique called Wilderness Therapy, Eco-Therapy or Environmental Therapy can help those who are suffering to find peace.

As a basic starting point for a patient who’s battling addiction, this change of both location and life’s pace from their “real world” lifestyle, that may seem sterile, disconnected, full of stress, and mostly painful, affords a huge opportunity to reset. The environmental factors aside, exiting the world that has spawned the addiction behavior can often give the patient an opportunity to create a new mindset.  An appreciation for the skills and techniques that therapists trained in the Wilderness Therapy School can bring to the table offers the patient an opportunity to experience a sense of peace and joy within this safe distance from the realities of their everyday world.

The Wilderness Therapy process is founded on the concept that addicts and others who are suffering need to reconnect with their inner sense of self.  Those in pain need to place renewed attention on their own personal value systems and their own sense of being. Developed by a Harvard biologist, the typical program lasts ten to twenty days. Participants are immersed in a tranquil and beautiful setting on the border of Oklahoma and Texas.  The program is small, accepting up to eight participants at one time. With an emphasis on physical and mental work, there is a backbone of education that helps to develop the recovering patient’s knowledge of nutrition, physical fitness, and meditation. The structure of a focused daily routine tends to bolster the recovery process, while in-depth staff interaction teaches skills that help the patient get their mind into an entirely new zone. There are opportunities and requirements to learn forestry skills, team building, journaling and other learning techniques that help the patient realign their thinking with their behavior and build a better sense of control.

Because the program is so small and customized, the therapy staff is able to take input from the patient, the family and other staff members to create a journey that meets the needs of each individual participant. Recent scientific studies show that there is a strong benefit to participating in cognitive behavioral activities in order to produce chemical changes in the brain. Offsetting the chemistry that the patient may have indulged in while addicted, this new approach to sober living can offer the same benefits they once sought from unhealthy sources.


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City: Bennington
State: OK
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