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Recreation Therapy for Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
Recreation therapy offers patients the opportunity to practice new patterns of behavior through engaging in a variety of activity-based interventions. Recreation therapists utilize diverse modalities, such as music, sports, art, creative writing, psychodrama, and team building activities to develop skills that are fundamental to recovery.

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.

Also, drug addiction and alcoholism may arise due to the need to fit-in with peers. Self-esteem and self-worth are also key factors in the development of substance abuse.

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?

During recreation therapy groups, clients are encouraged to interact with other community members and practice positive communication and relationship building skills. They learn to identify with various perspectives and increase their ability to empathize with a diverse population. Community members support each other to develop confidence and self-leadership through sharing responsibilities and positive feedback. These skills help clients to form strong recovery alliances and enhance their ability to seek support when necessary. Ultimately, it is widely known that drug and alcohol addiction is typically an isolative disease. One of the goals of drug and alcohol rehab is to facilitate the development of a strong social network for our patients.

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.

Behavioral Wellness and Recovery offers a robust recreation therapy program that all patients, regardless of their attributes or deficits will benefit from. To learn more, please contact one of our Addiction Specialists at 800-683-4457. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and maintain strict patient confidentiality.


Behavioral Wellness & Recovery is a Joint Commission accredited program. The Joint Commission recognizes excellence in health care organizations and programs.


Behavioral Wellness & Recovery is a Joint Commission accredited program. The Joint Commission recognizes excellence in health care organizations and programs.

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