Every day, addiction and mental health disorders affect people across the country. Many people struggle to share their addiction with others and ask for help. Other people may have trouble knowing where to begin. Today, most addiction therapy programs use traditional talk therapy alongside alternative therapies. Experiential therapy is a leading alternative therapy for addiction recovery. The right experiential addiction therapy program can help people destress, stay sober, and reduce relapse.
If you or someone in your life is living with addiction, call San Antonio Recovery Center today. Our comprehensive addiction treatment center uses evidence-based and alternative therapies for a holistic approach. Call us at 866.957.7885 to learn more about the benefits of our experiential addiction therapy program.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
Traditional talk therapy is one of the most effective ways to help people with addiction recovery. Most often, however, it isn’t enough. Alternative therapy can help clients practice tools from talk therapy in real life, lower stress levels, and find new ways to fill their time without drugs or alcohol.
Experiential therapy is an immersive modality that uses many types of non-traditional therapy. Experiential therapy offerings vary by clinic, location, and therapist. For more rural clinics, experiential therapy often includes animal therapy, wilderness therapy, and adventure therapy. City-based programs may use music, art, yoga, and other indoor techniques to help clients. A wide range of experiential therapies allows clients to express themselves and play out experiences in new ways. Therapies might include:
- Yoga therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Wilderness therapy
- Art therapy
- Poetry therapy
- Movement therapy
- Music therapy
- Exercise therapy
Experiential therapy helps clients reenact experiences and memories in new ways. They learn to express emotions, identify behavior patterns, and release negative thought patterns. Therapists help clients reframe past events and current behaviors to gain new perspectives on their lives and health. Experiential therapy also increases the mind-body connection, allowing clients to feel more confident, grounded, and secure in their bodies. These therapies build resilience and confidence through various modes of expression while reducing stress and addictive tendencies.
How Experiential Therapy Can Treat Addiction
Studies show experiential therapy is an effective way to treat addiction and substance abuse. Clients use tools learned in behavioral therapy to connect to their bodies and learn new modes of self-expression. Benefits of experiential therapy can include:
- Better sleep habits
- Better mood stability
- Improved stress tolerance
- Better judgment skills
- Mind-body awareness
- Increased confidence
- Self-expression with ease
- Improved self-awareness
- Better communication
- Personal boundaries
- Lower risk of reuse
- Stronger relationships
- New interests and hobbies
- Emotional intelligence
- New habits for self-soothing
In experiential therapies, clients express themselves beyond words. This can help people overcome guilt, shame, and the stigmas of addiction. Through experiential therapies, clients can process unresolved trauma that affects their addictions. Studies show many people’s addictions are rooted in past trauma. Experiential therapy can help process unresolved trauma stored in the body by using the body and self-expression.
Start Experiential Therapy Today in San Antonio
Experiential therapy is a flexible, creative, and often fun way to overcome addiction triggers and recover from substance abuse. Most programs provide flexible, individualized care to help clients find the proper treatment for them. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we pair traditional behavioral therapy with alternative therapies for holistic healing.
Our programs provide a range of flexibility with a partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), and residential rehab. With men’s and women’s programs, our clients enjoy safe, inclusive detox, recovery, and aftercare in a gender-specific environment.
Learn What Experiential Therapy Can Do For You At San Antonio Recovery Center
Call San Antonio Recovery Center to learn more about how experiential therapy helps treat substance abuse. Our staff is ready to answer your questions now at 866.957.7885.