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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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Outdoor Alternatives to ODD Treatment Centers Encourage Independence and Family Reconciliation

Adolescents romanticize the idea of breaking rules and questioning authority as they test the limits of their independence. In high school, teens begin to form their own opinions and parents give them more freedom to allow them to make more autonomous decisions, but conflict occurs when differences in opinion about positive decisions turns into actively …

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Getting Outside: The Benefits of Being Where the Wild Things Are

We always hear people saying “catch some fresh air” or “get outside” and probably just brush it off. We always hear talk of how good being outdoors is for you, but do we know just HOW good being outdoors is? Researchers have presented the facts and it confirms that there are endless benefits found in …

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In the Comments: Digital Self-Harm

Digital self-harm is so new you may not even know what it is. This type of self-harm is most popular among adolescents. So if you’re a parent, it’s especially important to be in the loop. This is a form of self-aggression. The aggression is geared towards oneself. Anonymously posting hurtful and or verbally abusive comments …

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Staying Safe During the Winter Months in Wilderness Therapy Settings

If you’ve ever been camping, then you are no doubt familiar with the rich and varied therapeutic effects of the outdoors experience. For just a while you disconnect from the universe, unplugging and destressing as you relax and immerse yourself in the many and beautiful wonders of nature. Perhaps it comes as no surprise to …

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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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Program for Defiant Teens: Why It May Be the Next Step for Your Child

When you have a teenager that’s struggling, it can begin to feel as if you have no options. Many families turn to traditional therapy–which can definitely help–but some find that nothing changes and their child continues to face challenges in life. This is when a program for defiant teens may be the next route. A …

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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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