Experiential Therapy

Clearly, different people learn in different ways. This truth confirms why today many rehabs use experiential therapy in addiction treatment. Almost everyone benefits from these engaging activities. You learn about yourself in ways that you cannot, when sitting in an office or traditional treatment setting.

But experiential therapy alone does not bring complete recovery from addiction. You also need an array of other therapies and treatments, including traditional talk therapy and other behavioral addiction therapy services in New Hampshire. Together, these methods provide a well-rounded approach to complete healing. They can also help you understand your addiction and needs for long-term recovery.

What Is Experiential Therapy?

Therapist explaining the benefits of an experiential therapy program in New HampshireAn experiential therapy program in New Hampshire works off the idea that sometimes you must learn from doing, rather than by hearing or seeing important lessons presented to you. Through activities and seeing how you respond in certain situations, you can then gain a better understanding of yourself.

Experiential methods involve engaging yourself in an activity planned by a therapist to achieve specific goals. Usually, these activities take place in a group setting, either individually or as part of a team. After reaching your goal or completing the therapy assignment, you talk through your experience and reactions with the therapist and group of other participants.

In group talk therapy, your guard or obstruct your participation by thinking through the response you should give, as opposed to your actual truth. But at the root of experiential therapy is your inability to think about a situation from all angles before having to act or respond. Because you react more honestly in these activities, you learn more about yourself.

Some experiential therapies include:

  • Wilderness therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Equine or animal-assisted therapy
  • Fitness therapy
  • Psychodrama

How Experiential Therapy Works

Experiential therapies are so varied in definition and actual activities that it is difficult to list all of the potential methods available for your benefit. But the common ground for all of these methods is what they achieve. You focus on the therapy activity, experience your emotions directly, and gain a new understanding of your feelings and how they affect your behavior.

Psychodrama involves acting out personal events or scenarios from your life or those of group participants. In this activity, you see events from your past or behaviors in a new way, from outside of yourself. Being outside of the moment helps you understand the impact of your reactions and emotions.

Music therapy uses music, as its name implies. You either make music, listen to music, or sing as part of this therapy that helps you achieve positive changes in your behaviors. Art therapy involves painting, drawing, sculpting, or other creative arts. You build better awareness of yourself and reduce how adverse past events affect you.

Equine or animal-assisted therapy involves caring for animals, working with them to achieve specific goals, or interacting with them in therapeutic ways. Different types of animals bring different ways of interacting with humans to these activities. So equine therapy is very different from animal-assisted therapy using dogs, for example.

Wilderness or adventure therapy involves active engagement in the outdoors. For this experiential therapy program in New Hampshire, you hike, achieve specific outdoor goals, go on expeditions or camp. You can also participate in group games, competitions, or activities like zip lines or rope courses. These activities help you see how you interact with others, work as part of a group, achieve goals, and work past hurdles or fears.

New Hampshire Addiction Treatment with Experiential Therapies

As said before, experiential methods help complete a well-rounded mix of therapies for addiction treatment. Other programs and therapies you need as part of this complete approach to recovery include:

When you want true recovery and real hope for a better future beyond addiction, you need a complete rehab program of evidence-based methods. You find that program at NFA Behavioral Health in Canterbury, NH. NFA Behavioral Health offers experiential therapy and other approaches used to help you put substance abuse behind you and forge the future you want. Caring counselors at NFA Behavioral Health understand your journey and want to help you meet your recovery goals, so call 866.420.6222 to talk to them now.