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Experimential Approach

Learning Of Experimential Therapy


Some recuperating addicts feel uncomfortable working through their issues in a conventional therapy setting. In experimential therapy, addiction treatment is done in various locations including outdoors, in art studios etc.

Experimential therapies have a hands-on approach and utilise a number of engaging activities, which can help recovering addicts to process and cope with past trauma.

The regular environment of a therapist may be difficult to some addicts and they don't find it easy to talk. Experimential therapies put recuperating addicts in situations where they feel great, for example, the outside or in a workmanship or music studio.


The idea is handling the repressed emotions with treatments and methods that are not typical.


Regular experimential therapy activities:

  • Sculpting
  • Rock climbing
  • Rope courses
  • Music based therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Adventure therapy

Experimential therapy is intended to help those in recuperation build up a more grounded feeling of self by grappling with covered feelings and past injuries. With the help of experimential therapy, a recovering addict can begin to understand how these issues can be faced without returning to drugs as an escape route.


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Treating Dependency With Experimential Therapy

Rock climbing and hiking are physically demanding activities, however, they have the ability to stimulate the stress of the real world for recovering addicts to overcome their habits. The recovering addicts we get an opportunity to learn to cope with everyday stressors such as cravings and substance abuse triggers with the help of experimential therapy.

Many mental health problems that may be hiding behind the addiction can also be treated with the help of experimential therapy. Curing such conditions together with dependency could aid in diminishing psychological wellness connected pressure and provocations, decreasing the possibility of setback.


Experimential Therapy Approaches

Amid an experimential therapy session, advisors manage recuperating addicts through a few treatment works out, custom fitted to their particular treatment needs.

For therapist is easier to study the addicts when they are going through this type of therapy because users tend to open during the process.

The following are some of the disturbances that experimential therapy also treats:

  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD].
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Experimential Therapy And Other Treatments Together

Experimential therapy combines well with other techniques of psychotherapy, including motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy in order to concentrate on changing any self-destructive behaviours. The activities allow recovering addicts to apply the skills of life which they are taught during sessions of psychotherapy in practical and hands-on environments.

Withdrawal symptoms from many drugs can be uncomfortable and also dangerous, therefore, it is essential to begin any treatment program with a medical detox. Outpatient and residential rehabilitation schemes could equally cure abstinence signs throughout detoxification. To offer the best quitting method to an addict, the combination of several treatments with experimential therapy is typical used.

Experimential therapy is quite often used along with traditional techniques of rehab and helps to create a comprehensive treatment program for the recovering addicts.


Usual Methods Applied In Experimential Therapy Involve

  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Uses therapeutic activities with horses to help the addicts.
  • Patients are not required to ride the horses during EAP. However, they will groom, feed, harness and walk the horses throughout the session.
  • A patient's emotional and mental condition can be revealed depending on how they interact with the horses.
  • A patient may have suffered trauma that they are unaware of or unable to address or they may have negative emotions that they don't know how to process and equine-assisted therapy can help them to do this.
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation And Reprocessing [EMDR]
  • The EMDR therapy requires patients to visualise a traumatic event even as a therapist leads them through specific eye movements.
  • EMDR has proven as an effective method in helping addicts going through the recovery process to alleviate any negative emotions and feelings of distress, which can lead to substance abuse.
  • Adventure Therapy
  • This treatment comprises of exercises in open areas like trekking, cycling, mountaineering, setting up camp, and rafting in wild waters.
  • Providing addicts an opportunity to develop personal responsibility, communication skills and the skills to solve problems while working within a group setting is the objective of adventure therapy and addicts receives the help that is required to achieve the ends.
  • Art Therapy
  • This is where patients use art and/or music to express themselves.
  • When getting involved in artful activities patients can work through negative emotions, which can be stressful and learn to process them healthily.

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If you are having problems with substance abuse, give us a call to find you an addiction treatment program. Some medication recovery focuses have some expertise in experimential therapies, with obstruction courses, shake climbing dividers and craftsmanship studios on their premises. You can now get the medical and therapeutic help you need to overcome your substance addiction in many treatment centres in the country call us on 0800 246 1509.