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Adventure Therapy for Impulsive Teens

Physical activity releases similar amounts of dopamine and endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters, as engaging in risky behaviors, like substance use, reckless driving, and theft. Impulsive teens tend to be thrill seekers and sensation seekers and look for intense emotional experiences to add a sense of adventure to their lives. When they build a tolerance for the …

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Why Choose Adventure Therapy on the West Coast?

Teens who struggle with mental illnesses that can include but are not limited to addiction, anxiety, depression, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder may need more help than you can give them at home. There are various therapeutic approaches that can be beneficial to teens who need to learn to cope with their struggles or develop healthy …

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Outside the Classroom: Hands-On Learning in Wilderness Programs

Failing grades, getting into trouble with teachers, fighting with peers–for many of our families, school has become the pinnacle of their struggle. Whether parents like it or not, a teenager’s job is to be a student and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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Wilderness Programs for Young Adults Inspire Motivation & Responsibility

Adulthood isn’t easy–and for some young people, they face plant rather than stroll into it. For these individuals, motivation and confidence have often been a struggle, making adulthood seem nearly impossible. This is exactly what wilderness programs for young adults seek to change. Through a combination of adventure therapy, traditional therapeutic techniques, and transitional living …

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Rock Climbing Therapy & Other Activities Improve Depression, Anxiety

If you’ve ever been rock climbing, you know the unbelievably good feeling you get when you conquer that wall and reach the top. Whether it’s on a fake wall or a real rock face, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and confidence. That’s what rock climbing therapy and other adventure therapy activities are based …

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Nature Therapy for Teens: Calming Effects of the Forest and Fresh Air

Think about the feeling you get while taking a hike through a green, lush forest or a slow stroll through a beautiful, large park. It’s a calm, lovely feeling, right? The depth and power of that feeling is what powers nature therapy for teens. Studies find calming, stress-relieving effects of nature A recent study conducted …

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Therapeutic Fun in Winter & Summer at Wilderness Programs for Youth

As one of the leading wilderness programs for youth, blueFire’s staff have a high level of expertise in the area of staying safe and having fun in the wilderness. The winter and summer are the two harshest seasons of the year, but also offer some of the most fun activities. Each one requires a certain …

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Nature Heals: Nature Therapy Reduces Anxiety and Depression

The healing effects of being out in nature have been well known for many years. Taking a walk in the park, or a long hike out in the wilderness can calm you down in a matter of minutes.  But now there’s solid evidence that nature therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.  Nowadays, our …

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Promoting Exercise in Teens 

Physical exercise has been shown to have significant benefits to mental health and wellbeing. One of the many benefits of exercise, is its help with depression. Developing good mental health and brain function as a teen is incredibly important to achieve overall well-being. A recent article by The Huffington Post discussed how promoting exercise in …

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The Wild Card: Finding a Wilderness Program for Struggling Teenagers

There are many factors to consider when choosing a wilderness program for struggling teenagers. Safety, therapy, and respect are cornerstones of what a wilderness program for struggling teenagers should offer your child. But that’s only the beginning. At its best, the perfect wilderness program for struggling teenagers can provide your child with an individualized experience …

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