Sessions are designed to address the specific treatment goals of individuals, and the group overall. The focus is on improving social, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing.
Recreation therapy is of considerable importance to drug addicts and alcoholics because interpersonal relationship and communication skills are often impaired.
Recreation therapy in a drug and alcohol rehab specifically addresses these issues, in a unique format that differs from the typical therapy provided.
How Does Recreation Therapy Work?
Engaging in a variety of recreation therapy groups provides clients the opportunity to explore and develop new leisure interests, coping skills, and patterns of thinking. Patients are encouraged to challenge their negative beliefs and focus on how they can utilize their strengths to overcome obstacles in life. Interactive groups help clients increase their abstract thinking and creative problem solving skills, which enhance their ability to stop and think before acting upon impulse. Clients practice patience and frustration tolerance while pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. They are encouraged to embrace the experience and learn that they can have fun without using drugs or alcohol.
Another advantage to recreation therapy in a drug and alcohol rehab setting is that it focuses on individual patient strengths and positive attributes, rather than negative points. As such, recreation therapy can lighten the atmosphere, while at the same time providing intensive drug and alcohol addiction therapy.
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