Activity Therapy

Royal Life Centers offers several guest-centered experiential/expressive therapies to guests to promote healing through creativity. As an alternative to more traditional group and individual therapy, these approaches encourage new modes of thinking by exercising different parts of the brain and tend to be more hands-on. 


Activity therapy, which might include art, music, and journaling for therapeutic purposes, is a form of experiential therapy and one of the more relaxed components of our holistic approach to therapy at Royal Life Centers. Our adventure and equine-assisted therapies can also be considered experiential.

Our Activity Therapies

Art Therapy

Art therapy, such as painting, sculpting, and other forms of visual art, promotes the expression of unconscious feelings and thoughts and can facilitate self-discovery. Physiological emotions may manifest in artwork, which can relieve stress and help guests to manage anxiety and visualize new patterns of thought and emotion. Additionally, research shows that art therapy can be instrumental in treating disorders that co-occur with substance use disorder, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.


Journaling can be very effective in helping to treat substance use disorder, as writing down feelings and thoughts helps guests to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and cope with depression. Recording emotions on paper, because it can reduce emotional intensity, helps guests to discover themselves while staying strong in their recovery efforts. Journaling provides the opportunity for introspective reflection as well, as guests are able to look back on their thoughts and feelings and uncover patterns to gain insight.

Music Therapy

The connection between music and emotions can be a powerful one which is why Royal offers multiple music therapy courses. We have several seminar-style music groups with topics such as musical healing, where guests might experience a music-induced emotional release for themselves.

Sober Studios is a music therapy course in which guests write, record, and produce their own unique music. Likewise, guest’s in our  Native American Program (NAP) also take part in music therapy in drum circles that encourage self-expression through culturally-based music traditions.

Movement Therapy

At Royal Life Centers, we also believe in the power of movement therapy, which is why we offer mind-and-body activities like yoga. Yoga is a great way to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your daily routine and has been found to relieve stress. 

Movement therapies increase self-reflection and self-awareness, promote healthier exercise and eating habits, foster emotional healing, and improve overall health and wellness. For instance, yoga may actually help the brain rebuild and rewire following neuronal disruptions caused by substance use.

Experiential and Expressive Activities

Both experiential therapy and expressive therapy techniques are incorporated into our activity offerings to provide a well-rounded source of healing for our guests.

A foundational concept of experiential therapy is the idea that perception informs behavior. During activity therapy, counselors often use experiential techniques to help guests uncover and break down repressed emotions. 

Similarly, expressive arts therapy techniques encourages guests share and process feelings and memories within creative activities.

Activity Therapy

At Royal Life Centers, we believe intensive therapies are key to a complete healing process. Recovery is enriched and strengthened with each therapeutic opportunity taken. Because of this, we encourage guests to participate in therapeutic experiences that work best for them. Self-discovery is all part of the recovery process, which is why we feature therapies that allow guests to find meaning in activities that will ultimately help them stay sober and find meaning in their lives.

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