Adventure Therapy

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We offer two different adventure therapies for guests: kayaking and ropes courses. These activities promote physical wellness and encourage the development of regular exercise patterns. Adventure therapy is a goal-focused form of therapy. It combines guests’ active involvement in their own treatment with the restorative power of nature and exercise. In fact, exercise and physical activity are incredibly important in early recovery, since many often neglect their body during substance use. Also, The Mayo Clinic cites several benefits of exercise as a stress-reliever:

– Increased production of endorphins
– Improved mood
– Promotion of meditative mindset

Studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Psychological Association (APA), and Harvard Medical School have found that exercise can reduce depression and improve cognitive function. Rigorous physical activity can also immediately reduce stress, as it raises cortisol levels in the body.

Guests’ mental and physical wellness is our top priority at Royal Life Centers. We take steps to incorporate this concern into our adventure therapy, Because We Care.



Kayaking may help with mental health disorders that co-occur with substance use disorder, such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Group kayaking can help promote teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as increase self-esteem and guest independence.

Both our Washington and Arizona locations are the perfect settings for a serene kayaking experience that provides a mental, physical, and spiritual escape from everyday stress.

Ropes courses

Royal Life Centers believes in the power of group therapy to treat substance use disorder, and our ropes courses are a fun extension of traditional group therapy settings. Designed to encourage teamwork and unity, ropes courses allow guests to step outside their comfort zone and face personal obstacles.

Our ropes course leaders teach guests how to use our harnesses, cables, and ropes in group and individual capacities. Participation in a ropes course gives guests the opportunity to explore personal limits in a safe, supervised setting. Additionally, ropes courses build trust, foster self-confidence, and build muscle strength.

Our movement therapies, including yoga, are designed to produce the same stress-reducing, mood-boosting effects associated with our adventure therapies. We also offer activity and equine therapies.

Please reach out to our admissions staff at (877)-RECOVERY with any questions you may have about our therapy programs. We are available 24/7 to address all of your concerns. Because We Care.