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Adventure Therapy

We offer two different adventure therapies to guests, to promote physical wellness and encourage the development of regular exercise patterns. Our adventure therapies consist of kayaking and ropes courses.

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Goal-Focused

Adventure therapy is a goal-focused form of therapy that combines guests’ active involvement in their own treatment with the restorative power of nature and exercise. Exercise and physical activity are incredibly important in early recovery, as bodily wellness is often neglected in active substance use. The Mayo Clinic cites several benefits of exercise as a stress-reliever:

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

Kayaking

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

Kayaking isn’t just an amazing way to exercise, but it also provides an intentional mindfulness experience. Guests feel rejuvenated in the beautiful landscapes that we are grateful to call home. Guests will experience serenity and peacefulness in their souls that will match the serenity and peacefulness in their surroundings.

Both our Pacific Northwest and Arizona Prescott Valley locations are ideal settings for a picturesque, serene kayaking experience that provides a mental, physical, and spiritual escape from the stress of the everyday. Kayaking truly offers a healing experience.

Ropes Courses

Royal Life Centers believes in the restorative 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 cooperation, ropes courses allow guests to step outside their comfort zone and face personal obstacles.

Our ropes course facilitators 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— in a safe, supervised setting— personal limits, performance under pressure, and collaboration with others to achieve a common goal.

Additionally, ropes courses build trust, foster self-confidence upon completion, and build muscle strength. Our ropes courses also teach guests how to use interpersonal effectiveness skills with their peers.

 

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Physical Wellness for Healing

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.

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.

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

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If you are interested in learning more about our programs for yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us today. Our admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address any concerns.

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