Too often, therapy gets a bad name. Be it out-to-get-you psychologists that bill thirty minutes as an hour or prison-like asylums with evil nurses. That mentality is desperately outdated. Today, therapy is a progressive field of medicine that takes many forms, with therapeutic recreation being one of them.
As defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, therapeutic recreation is a “systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being”. In simpler terms, this form of recreation is a type of therapy that doesn’t focus on the “illness” – instead, it focuses on the positive abilities and having a good time while getting better.
Mixing Business and Pleasure
Therapeutic recreation, as the name suggests, allows your teen to feel better – regardless of whether the issue is caused by illness, stress, substances, or any other stimulus. By unlocking your teen’s social skills, communication skills, individuality, and community awareness, adventure programming prepares them for real-world interactions while remaining a safe, controlled environment.
There is a wide range of activities that are utilized, the most common including creative endeavors (from visual art to various types of performances) and physical activities such as sports. Naturally, all activities are carefully observed by caring professionals – and, instead of promoting cut-throat competition, it teaches teens to work together as a group.
Therapeutic recreation believes in making everyone love themselves. By providing an active sandbox for your teen, they have the chance to explore who they are, build confidence and self-esteem, and understand what makes them special.
By empowering teens, therapy can give them tools to use in their lives to come. It strengthens teens’ relationships with friends and family and makes them ready to become responsible adults. With teens simultaneously recovering and having fun, therapeutic recreation truly is the therapy of the future.
blueFire Wilderness Therapy can help
blueFire Wilderness Therapy incorporates recreation for therapeutic purposes into daily programming. blueFire helps struggling teens ages 11-17 find success.
For more information about blueFire Wilderness Therapy, call today at 1 (844) 413-1999.