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Outdoor Therapy

camping There is nothing better than to enjoy the great beauty of the natural outdoors. All over the United States, there are plenty of places to go, interesting sites to explore, and fun things to enjoy. At Sprout Health Group, our Outdoor Therapy program has been shown to be particularly beneficial in helping individuals gain better insight into their problems and how simple activities such as lake trout fishing and golfing can be excellent ways of balancing the mind and keeping it off negative thoughts and emotions. These are just two of the many ways in which Outdoor Therapy can help individuals with mental health issues or even substance addiction cope with their problems.

Some experts call it Recreational Therapy while others prefer calling them as Off-Site Outings but Outdoor Therapy can perhaps be a combination of all of these things as it allows individuals and groups to enjoy the great outdoors and help them improve on their social skills through collaboration and active involvement with group activities.

For example, camping by a body of water such as a river or a lake and creating some themes for the activity can be a fun way of teaching individuals how to respect each other’s individual roles and how to support each other in the performance of those roles. These can provide individuals the correct tools which will enable them to be fully functional once they finish their treatment program.

For adults, the goal of the Outdoor Therapy can include the following:

  • Develop healthier and more appropriate coping skills;
  • Improve physical health and fitness through exercise;
  • Learn newer and more unique methods of reducing emotional stress;
  • Learn how to communicate assertively, not aggressively; and
  • Develop new life skills that will be helpful in life after treatment.

At Sprout Health Group, our Outdoor Therapy program has been shown to be particularly beneficial in helping individuals gain better insight into their problems and how simple activities such as lake trout fishing and golfing can be excellent ways of balancing the mind and keeping it off negative thoughts and emotions.

For young adults and adolescents, Outdoor Therapy can provide the following aims:

  • Develop the ability for emotional self-regulation;
  • Learn appropriate social skills;
  • Learn beneficial life skills;
  • Encourage healthier family dynamics and relationships;
  • Improve overall health and wellness;
  • Learn alternative, non-destructive forms of expression; and
  • Facilitate development of physical health.

The choice of outdoor activity depends on the interests of the individual. At Sprout Health Group, we recognize the need for individuality and as such our clinicians will do everything possible to accommodate individual goals with respect to the goals of treatment. From horseback-riding to boating and fishing to camping to bowling and golf as well as other outdoor activities, Sprout’s Outdoor Therapy program can indeed make the difference in a recovering individual’s life.


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