Our Recreational Therapy program truly sets us aside from other treatment centers – we have 3 outings every week, experiential group therapy and yoga/meditation. It’s rare to find such a holistic program. And that’s what attracts so many people from all over the country. Utah is such a beautiful place with a diverse range of options for outdoor recreation. We have the opportunity to do so many cool things! Everything that we do has a point and purpose – we don’t just go hiking. We go on a hike and talk about the importance of walking in the steps of someone who has already forged a path. We talk about putting aside pride and reaching out and asking for help when needed. We talk about letting go of fears and resentments and much more, healing from the inside out.
– Adelinn Cook, Recreational Therapist
What is Recreational Therapy?
According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, RT 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.
We are allied health professionals, mentors, coaches and role models.
In the addiction field, my job is to re-ignite my clients’ passion for recreational and leisure activities, introduce them to new hobbies that they can do clean and sober, teach them healthy coping skills, help them learn how to communicate effectively and advocate for their needs, and help them take back the perseverance, determination and passion for life that they need to be wholesome human beings and productive members of society.
This is an awesome article posted by ATRA that has varying definitions & experiences of RT.
Meet Our Recreational Therapist
Adelinn Cook, BS, TRS, CTRS
Adelinn brings considerable knowledge and experience in adventure and experiential therapies to Wasatch Crest. She relocated from Indiana, noting that Utah is one of only four U.S. states offering licensure in Recreational Therapy.
Adelinn has the near-constant companionship of “Lilah” her emotional support dog, who accompanies her in all of her recreational and leisure interests. Adelinn would like to eventually develop and implement her own Outdoor Adventure therapy program for at-risk and chemically-dependent youth.
She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Counseling.
In addition to her educational training, Adelinn has had considerable detox and treatment experience working with adolescents and adults at Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has also worked with individuals with various physical, social, emotional and behavioral disabilities at equestrian centers, geriatric care facilities, and physical rehabilitation sites throughout Indiana.
Adelinn has been connected to the recovery industry for ten years.