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Wilderness & Adventure Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Colorado

Colorado Wilderness Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Throughout the many different drug and alcohol treatment resources that are listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website, there are not always specific directories for non-traditional methods of treatment. This does include wilderness and adventure programs for teen and adult addicts living within the state of Colorado. One program, in particular, within the state does provide wilderness and adventure treatment, the Open Sky facility located within the city of Durango offers this type of service for addicts and their families.


Did you know this about Wilderness/Adventure programs?

This type of program is used to push people outside of their comfort zones. Individuals participating in these outdoor activities are taking part in a healthy lifestyle. Nature can be very therapeutic, which is why it is used a lot for substance abuse treatment.


Are all these outdoor therapies similar? 

There are some differences with adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, and outdoor experiential therapy. Despite these methods, generally being the same, adventure therapy tends to offer more risk with the outdoor adventures. Wilderness therapy is a connection to nature, and teaching the person the ability to cope in nature and adapt to ones surroundings. Outdoor experiential therapy helps addicts with self-esteem, self-respect, and putting a patient within a learning based environment, where they can improve his or her social and psychological well-being.

Here is a list of the different Wilderness & Adventure treatments in Colorado. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our counselors at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Adventure & Wilderness Treatments for Addiction in Colorado