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Adventure Therapy

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Dare to Believe in Yourself

Trust — in yourself and others — plays a big part in recovery from substance use. Adventure therapy challenges you to regain the trust you've lost. It confirms your ability to handle whatever the future holds.


What is Adventure Therapy?

Adventure therapy is a form of behavioral psychotherapy that uses team-based exercises and daring obstacle courses to teach you to believe in yourself.

Activities like walking a rope bridge high in a tree canopy test your motivation and commitment.

Set outdoors, adventure therapy is a full sensory experience. It taps into the stress-relieving power of nature. And taps into helping you make behavior changes critical to your healing process.

You're safe every step of the way. Your harness protects you from falling, but you still must have the determination to walk across that bridge to get to the other side.

"If I can do that, I can do anything." That's a typical feeling after completing adventure therapy.

Adventure Therapy at Luminis Health Pathways

We use every tool to help you recover and stay strong when you're receiving inpatient substance use treatment at Luminis Health Pathways. Besides being unique and fun, our adventure therapy program offers:

  • Personal motivation through excitement. Our on-site ropes course features more than 20 high and low activities. Plus vertical challenges that include a 45-foot climbing tower and a 12-foot climbing wall.
  • A chance for reflection. Adventure therapy offers a respite from the chaos of daily life. It takes place on our tranquil Pathways campus, nestled in a beautiful, wooded area just outside Annapolis.
  • Expert staff. You'll be in good, safe hands during your adventure therapy. Our staff is specially trained to work with those recovering from substance use.

What Else Should You Know About Adventure Therapy?

Most Pathways patients in our residential inpatient program are able to benefit from our Adventure Therapy’s challenge course technology during their treatment stay.  A variety of groups and activities are offered most days; even patients with physical limitations can observe, participate in guided reflection and gain from this unique treatment experience.

Other community members benefit from our Adventure Therapy program as well. For the last 10 years, Pathways has supported dozens of local paramedic students and officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Crisis Intervention Team to directly embed alongside our Pathways Inpatients in Adventure Therapy.  Many of these first responders have reported that the experience is both humbling and eye-opening, and helps break down the stigma about individuals dealing with substance use disorders.

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