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Experimential Approach

What Is Experimential Therapy


Some recuperating addicts feel uncomfortable working through their issues in a conventional therapy setting. The subject of addiction treatment is viewed differently by experimential therapy, which takes the treatment into the outdoors, the art studio and various other locations.

Experimential therapies are hands-on, connecting with exercises that help recouping addicts process and adapt to past injury.

Conventional therapy settings may not be enough to get some recovering drug users to open up. Places in which they can express through other media like music or other types of art, outdoors places, are the kind of environments the experimential therapy uses.


Recovering addicts may have feelings or memories that are repressed and experimential therapy attempts to bring these to the fore in unconventional treatment settings.


Experimential therapy can include activities such as:

  • Sculpting
  • Climbing
  • Ropes courses
  • Therapy via music
  • Adventure based therapy
  • Game 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. Offering a different method to confront these emotions than taking drugs is the purpose of experimential therapy.


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Experimential Therapy For Treatment Of Dependencies

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 patients can learn how to handle cravings and addiction triggers that they encounter on a daily basis 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. It is essential to treat these disorders besides the addiction because it can decrease the mental health-related stress and triggers, which can include the likelihoods of relapse.


Techniques And Treatment Used In Experimential Therapy

Each patient will have their own needs when it comes to experimential therapy and during the sessions, they will be guided by the therapists through various exercises.

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.

Experimential therapy can help to treat mental health problems such as:

  • Intense sadness
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD].
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Experimential Therapy Used With Other Treatments

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. Experimential therapy offers the addicts a place to apply the social skills they have learned during typical therapy.

A proper medical detox is the first step at the moment of quitting any drug, to prevent the hard symptoms of this process. Both inpatient and outpatient recuperation projects can treat withdrawal side effects amid detox. Many treatments could be applied together with exploratory treatment to cure the user in recuperation appropriately following this.

To build an in depth rehabilitation scheme for recuperating users, exploratory treatment is frequently applied together with customary rehabilitation methods.


Experimential Therapy Usually Includes

  • Equine Assisted Learning
  • Equine-helped psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates the utilization of steeds amid remedial recuperation works out.
  • Patients won't ride steeds, yet they will prep, nourish, bridle and walk them all through the session.
  • The different methods used by recovering addicts when interacting with the horses can provide insights about their mental and emotional states.
  • EAP is helpful for recovering addicts to process their negative feelings or traumas which they may not recognise or address in other situations.
  • EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • EMDR is a treatment where in the users envision an agonising circumstance whilst a counsellor guides them by particular movements of the eye.
  • With the help of EMDR, many patients have successfully dealt with negative feelings that usually lead to substance abuse.
  • Adventure Based Therapy
  • This treatment comprises of exercises in open areas like trekking, cycling, mountaineering, setting up camp, and rafting in wild waters.
  • Recovering drug users can develop skills on working with others, solving problems and communication while in the groups provided in adventure therapy.
  • Art Therapy
  • Music and art allow the addicts to show their thoughts and feelings so they can heal, this is how art therapy works.
  • Art therapy offers the addicts an effective way to release the negative feelings through the creation of artistic work.

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We can help you to find an addiction treatment program that will be just right for you. Experimential therapies such as climbing, use of art and obstacle courses can now be found in certain drug treatment centres. Treatment focuses the nation over have the medicinal and helpful assets you have to defeat sedate dependence call us on 0800 246 1509.