Four Ways Adventure-Based Experiential Therapy Helps Build Self-Esteem 

A healthy sense of self-esteem is necessary for embracing addiction recovery. Often, individuals who struggle with addiction also struggle with a low sense of self-esteem, which can cause feelings of worthlessness. Led by master’s level therapists, adventure-based experiential therapy can help boost self-esteem so that individuals feel both capable and deserving of a fulfilling life in recovery. Below, explore how adventure-based experiential therapy helps build self-esteem.

1. Adventure-based experiential therapy fosters the courage to assert agency over one’s life. 

Adventure-based experiential therapy allows individuals to face their fears. The courage they find within themselves to overcome an adventure therapy experience, such as rock climbing or a ropes course obstacle, empowers them with the self-respect necessary to create new lives in recovery.

2. Adventure-based experiential therapy encourages resilience to take on life’s challenges.

As clients discover their resilience in experiences like Wasatch Crest’s Lakota sweat lodge ritual, they can build the confidence to take on bigger challenges as they implement their recovery.

3. Adventure-based experiential therapy presents individuals with opportunities to explore interests outside of their comfort zones.

Trying new things is an important part of recovery as individuals trade substance abuse for sober activities. A healthy sense of self-esteem can be helpful as individuals explore new interests and learn new skills.

4. Adventure-based experiential therapy can teach individuals to honor their passions. 

Adventure-based experiential therapy encourages individuals to practice self-care, a vital component of self-esteem and an integral element of recovery. By teaching individuals to honor their interests and passions, adventure-based experiential therapy promotes a healthy sense of self-esteem.

Adventure-Based Experiential Therapy at Wasatch Crest

Wasatch Crest implements adventure-based experiential therapy into our programming to help empower clients with the knowledge they’re capable of whatever they set their minds to. From boxing classes to equine therapy outings to alpine adventures, we guide our clients in developing full awareness of their inherent dignity, so they can have the self-esteem necessary to create purposeful lives in recovery. To learn more about our addiction treatment programs, reach out

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