GateHouse Adventure Therapy
At GateHouse Treatment we realize there are many different modalities of therapy, activities that are beneficial in substance abuse treatment, and countless ways to start your recovery from substance abuse disorders. One of the most significant obstacles in early recovery is “What am I going to do for fun, now that I’m sober?” We have found a way to integrate adventure-based therapy into our treatment plan at GateHouse that gets clients out in nature and shows those in early recovery the value of getting connected with others, themselves and life.
GateHouse Treatment has partnered with Boost Outdoors to provide clients with legendary tailored adventures in a supportive, physically active environment. Boost Outdoors seeks to help members develop and maintain the emotional and physical strength they need to stay sober and live a meaningful and peaceful life. Those suffering from substance abuse disorders usually have neglected their hobbies, bodies, and don’t know what activities they enjoy anymore. Offering an outdoor rehab program to integrate with our standard therapy groups gives clients a chance to experience things they typically wouldn’t get to, giving them a chance to find new interests, to feel personal accomplishments in a safe and supportive environment.
Why Adventure Based Therapy
Adventure therapy is a distinct form of psychotherapy; it has a variety of learning and psychological theories contributing to the complexity of adventure therapy. The philosophy with adventure therapy is an experimental education, at GateHouse we want the clients to learn about what they’re doing as they’re doing it and how these activities are connected to self-esteem, help-seeking behavior, increased mutual aid, and many more.
Outings with Boost Outdoors and GateHouse Treatment will be held every other Saturday for GateHouse PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program and one Saturday per month for GateHouse IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program clients. Boost and GateHouse Treatment have also put together an annual Alumni event for those who have completed GateHouse Treatments Program to come back and stay involved in healthy activities and retain the camaraderie that they’ve established while in the program.
Some of the Activities Offered in the Adventure Program:
• Indoor Rock Climbing
• Ropes Course
• Paddle Boarding
• Survival Day
• Snowshoeing and Downhill Tubing
Trained professionals lead all activities that clients participate in, all activities are supervised by GateHouse and Boost Outdoors staff, and if a client is not comfortable with an activity they do not have to participate. It is highly encouraged to participate, at GateHouse Treatment want to offer every client the chance to fall in love with life again, to relive or experience things for the first time with a renewed outlook and learn different outlets for self-care. Founder of Boost Outdoors and Lead Guide, Jeremy Bouchard, and business partner Sandi Coyle bring their personal experience of walking through addiction recovery. The activities that they craft with GateHouse tie in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of recovery for adventure-based healing as part of the recovery process.