The field of psychotherapy and addiction recovery isn’t remotely new but finding broadly affordable treatment methods that can be generalized and thus made available to a wide scope of people has been difficult. From hospitalization for detoxification to extended stays in a residential treatment center, these are extremely expensive and long-term treatment modalities that have unattractive levels of success.
The reason is that they only deal with the symptoms and not the actual problem. This is where wilderness treatment centers come into play. The thing is, we don’t need to be shoved into a building inside of a city crammed full of concrete and more buildings. We need to return to nature and remove all of these stressors, not add more. Nature and adventure-based therapy are already available and can literally be free to those willing to accept the gift. Otherwise, there is an associated cost but nothing insurance won’t cover.
The gift of solitude in the forests with streams and animals and the sounds of birds chirping can remind us what life is really about. All of the man-made stress of jobs, education, socialization, and expectation can weigh on a person’s soul. Returning to the simplicity of the land, even for a week can have miraculous effects on an individual.
In a more structured scenario, the addict would spend time with counselors and others in the struggle who actually do seek to find healing. Other types of treatment are typically un-welcomed by the person suffering from the affliction. But who would say no to shedding all responsibilities and taking a vacation camping and hiking while being separated from the troublesome normality of their everyday lives?
Sadly, many aren’t aware of the availability of these wilderness treatment programs. Please, if you or a loved one is in need of such help, a short investigation online can turn up plenty of information to get you on your way to sobriety.