Denver, Colorado and the surrounding areas offer stunning landscapes and the ability to commune with nature. Whether you enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, or simply observing nature’s majesty, Colorado has something for you. Most importantly, though, this outdoor therapy is a useful tool in addiction recovery. Discover why.
What is Outdoor Therapy?
Very simply, outdoor therapy is time that you spend in nature. You could be doing a number of things. Some prefer just to take in the views and breathe fresh air. Others are more adventurous and enjoy the natural high that comes from pushing their physical boundaries. Regardless of which category you fall under, spending time in nature can benefit you.
Why Outdoor Therapy Works for Addiction Treatment
First and foremost, outdoor therapy helps reduce stress. It gets you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. During outdoor therapy, you won’t have access to your phone or other electronic devices. Instead, you’ll spend time living in the present moment and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer. This can give you an entirely different perspective and help to reduce stress hormones.
Along those same lines, when you’re outdoors, you’re often exercising — even if you’re just walking. Getting your blood flowing helps with the detox process and also improves your physical health. Since your physical and mental health are closely linked, outdoor therapy is an excellent holistic treatment.
In a similar way, many people feel more spiritual when they’re in nature. For those who use the 12-step program, this spirituality and believing in something bigger than themselves can make recovery easier.
Our Outdoor Therapy Options
Because of our proximity to Denver and the nature that surrounds it, we can offer many outdoor therapy options. Some of these include:
- Whitewater rafting
We’ll work with you to figure out what type of outdoor therapy will be best for your specific needs and interests.
Addiction Treatment at Denver Recovery Center
At Denver Recovery Center, we offer both holistic and evidence-based therapies. We find that using them together yields better results than choosing one over the other. Our holistic options include activities like yoga, meditation, and time in the great outdoors.
We also use a variety of evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Whatever your needs, we’ll work with you to find the right mix of treatment options. We also offer the following programs: