Traditional substance use treatment measures can be very effective for a wide range of individuals. Drug or alcohol use counseling, medication-assisted treatment and outpatient modalities, among other treatment techniques, can help restore control and self-confidence while you distance yourself from self-destructive practices. Sometimes, a change of scenery is just what you need to make those…

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Adventure therapy is a complementary therapy that’s been shown through a substantial body of research to be effective for treating addiction. Adventure therapy benefits are wide-ranging and apply to many aspects of life beyond an addiction. What is Adventure Therapy? Adventure therapy is an active approach to “talk” therapy, or psychotherapy. It involves physically and…

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Being active is good for people who are recovering from substance addiction. When coupled with evidence-based therapies like counseling, activities like exercising, or adventure therapy, have been shown to be effective for enhancing recovery and helping individuals keep relapse at bay. Even so, not everyone is up for lifting weights or training to run a…

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It was strange saying out loud and even stranger to be writing about the 6th Annual Real Recovery Polar Plunge. The first time we did the Polar Plunge, we had cabin fever. Real Recovery’s founder had the bright idea to take everyone to go jump in freezing cold water at Triple Falls as a way…

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Recovery and the Outdoors There is a phrase most of us have heard: “the great outdoors.” It’s called “great” for many reasons. When you venture out into nature, it’s an invigorating and life-affirming experience. Fresh air, sunshine and seeing natural wonders—maybe something as small as a butterfly or as big as an ancient tree—can give…