Adventure therapy offers patients the opportunity to develop important life skills by exploring personal issues beyond the walls of the treatment center in a safe, supportive environment under the guidance and support of trained mental health professionals and certified Wilderness First Responders. Activities may include hiking, rock climbing, zip-lining, and cooperative teambuilding games. At Michael’s House, adventure therapy is an integrated piece of each patient’s daily routine.

Each experience is designed so the individual can face and overcome addiction, mental health issues, and behavioral problems. Participants develop important life skills that can benefit them throughout their recovery, such as the importance of cooperating with others, working as a team and understanding the impact of natural consequences due to poor choices.

As the patient advances through their continuum of care program, they level up to the next experience. Each standalone adventure prepares the patient to reach beyond their current beliefs and personal limitations. Michael’s House outpatient also offers continuing adventures in recovery.

  • Detoxification (stabilization): Patients are encouraged to take walks in the park and engage in the basic holistic support program during detoxification.
  • Level one (residential): Patients begin to explore and consider options for exercise, such as morning hikes, yoga, Tai Chi and stretch conditioning.
  • Level two (residential): During early integration at the Michael’s House Treatment Center, using the gym and other optional activities may be added to the program, when available. Exercise has been shown to have significant effects on mental health, physical recovery and emotional well-being.
  • Level three (residential): Patients who have reached level three begin to challenge themselves and explore other activity options, including hiking mountain trails and indoor rock climbing.
  • Level four (outpatient): Advanced hiking trails can be added to the patient’s experience at this stage. Other adventures may teach patients to work as part of a team through foot golf and mystery room challenges.
  • Level five (outpatient): The adventure program continues to offer various challenging activities, such as hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, Jeep tours and bike rides along the San Andreas Fault.

Disclaimer: All activities may vary according to season and weather conditions. Patient’s participation varies according to fitness levels, availability and program recommendations.

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