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Experiential Therapies

Experiential therapy is a powerful tool for addiction recovery. It promotes holistic healing through practical, hands-on activities and helps those in recovery learn and reinforce new skills, express difficult or suppressed emotions, and find inspiration.

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The causes of addiction are complex and often deep-rooted. Overcoming them requires a variety of approaches that engage your mind and body so you can rebuild yourself. At Empowered Recovery Center, we offer experiential therapy alongside traditional talking therapies to provide you with the best chance of life-long recovery.

What Is Experiential Therapy?

During experiential therapy, you will engage in practical activities and experiences under the guidance of a professional therapist. Sessions can be one-to-one or as a group with other people in recovery.

Experiential activities include:

  • Creative art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure courses
  • Drama therapy

How Does Experiential Therapy Support Addiction Recovery?

Backed up by scientific research, experiential therapy offers numerous benefits for addiction recovery. These therapeutic experiences complement other treatment methods, such as behavioral therapies and support groups to provide holistic healing. They help you lay solid foundations for your recovery journey that stand the test of time.

Some benefits of experiential therapy include:

  • Increased self-awareness, strength and resilience
  • Healthy, practical coping skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Better emotional intelligence
  • Team bonding
  • Relief from emotional dysregulation
  • Greater distress tolerance
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Learning by Doing

In its “Principles of Effective Treatment”, the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that the best recovery programs offer a variety of different treatment approaches, and no one treatment works for everyone.

Some people learn best ‘by doing’ – by engaging with the world through hands-on activities. Experiential activities offer the chance to develop new skills by practicing them, whether on an adventure course or in a drama studio.

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Experiential therapy also helps you reinforce skills you have learned in talking therapies, so they become natural and intuitive. Upon completing treatment, you can apply these skills to everyday situations, including stressful or complicated circumstances.

Staying Engaged in Treatment

Effective recovery treatment takes time. You may need several months to make the meaningful changes required to secure long-term recovery. Finding the motivation and inspiration to stay in treatment is a crucial part of your success.

Scientific research suggests that experiential activities can play a prominent role in keeping clients engaged in their treatment program. A recent study suggested that practical experiences can provide a “break from the normal treatment” and increase both treatment satisfaction and duration of stay.

Experiential activities can also help you rediscover passions, hobbies, and the joys of a sober life. You may be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of nature, by the thrill of a high ropes course, or the creative experience of art and music. These discoveries can motivate you to continue your recovery journey while providing fun, sober activities that keep you away from drugs and alcohol.

Expressing Difficult Emotions

The causes of addiction are often complex, personal, and deep-rooted. Many clients have suppressed the feelings and thought patterns that underlie their addictive behaviors, and they may not be able to express them verbally in traditional talking therapy sessions.

Experiential therapies offer the chance for clients to express themselves non-verbally – through art, music, or body language. Often, creative activities help us bypass rational thought processes and access the thoughts and feelings underneath. During experiential therapy, a professional therapist is always by your side to help you manage this process safely.

“I arrived at ER completely broken, I’d tried so many times to stop taking fentanyl. All of the staff really supported me and helped me realize that there was hope.” – Bill, Former Client

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Experiential Therapy and Dual Diagnosis

Many people struggling with a substance abuse disorder (SUD) also suffer from another co-occurring mental health condition. SAMHSA research suggests that up to 50% of people with a SUD also live with another mental disorder, like anxiety or depression, that may drive their addictive behavior. These disorders can make recovery more complicated as they can decrease your energy, make you less responsive to treatment, and affect your ability to communicate with others.

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At Empowered Recovery Center, we offer dual diagnosis programs to help clients tackle these underlying issues and achieve sustainable, long-term recovery. Experiential therapy can support this process by assisting clients in enjoying positive interactions with the world around them. This experience can provide motivation and energy while helping clients be more open and communicative in other treatment sessions. It can also provide clients with the positivity and mindset they need to open the door to meaningful recovery.

Music Therapy

Music therapy supports clients in addiction recovery through creating, singing, listening, and moving to music. It’s a valuable tool for relieving emotional distress, expressing difficult feelings, and connecting your mind, body, and soul. Music therapists experience music therapy as an effective treatment for various illnesses, including substance use disorders and chronic pain.

We often use music as a distraction or a way to relieve emotional distress. In addiction recovery, creating and listening to music can offer a healthy way to cope with negative feelings and thought patterns, helping you stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Music also facilitates a different kind of communication from a verbal conversation. When talking, we take it in turns to speak. However, when making music, we communicate simultaneously. Music can help us develop unique bonds with friends and loved ones while expressing emotions that can be difficult to verbalize.

Equine Therapy

Humans have used horse-assisted treatment, or equine therapy, for thousands of years – even the ancient Greeks spoke of the therapeutic benefits of horse-riding. Equine therapy can help you build a positive self-image, develop honest communication skills, and learn to put your trust in those around you.

People who have lived with addiction often struggle with feelings of shame or low self-esteem. These feelings can prevent people from moving on from past events and developing the self-belief to overcome challenges ahead.

Research suggests that horse-assisted therapy can help people build a positive image of themselves that is responsible, useful, and accepted. This sense of self-worth provides people with the strength and determination to continue their recovery journey and seek the fulfilling life they deserve.

“Everyone at ER helped me so much! I’m coming up to six months clean now which I never thought I’d manage. I can’t say thank you enough times!” – Jerry, Former Client

Adventure Courses and Outdoor Activities

Experiential activities involving adventure courses and other exciting outdoor activities can be a great way to develop resilience, team-building skills, and rediscover the joys of a sober life.

Finding the inspiration for your recovery journey is a crucial part of addiction recovery. You need to remain committed to your goal of sober living to overcome the challenges you face on the way. Participating in exciting experiences such as white water rafting, high ropes courses, or hiking can remind you of the fun you can have while sober and inspire you to achieve long-term sobriety.

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Many experiential activities involve group programming – you may paddle as a team on a white water raft or complete an adventure course together. Participating in activities as a group also offers the chance to develop communication and team-building skills that support your recovery journey. These skills help you build solid and stable support networks that can help you through more difficult times so you can reach your recovery goals.

Contact Us Today

If you are struggling with addiction, we’re here to help. At Empowered Recovery Center, we can assist you in developing the skills you need to reclaim your life and achieve life-long recovery. Contact us today to take the first steps towards a life free from addiction. Your recovery is important to us. Everyone deserves to pursue their aims, have fun in life, and achieve their full potential.

At Empowered Recovery Center, we offer a wide range of evidence-based treatment methods in an individualized program to suit you. We help you develop the skills you need to reclaim your life once you have left our center and support you every step of the way.

Call us today to take the first steps to a life-long recovery and fulfilling life free from addiction.

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