What is Recreation Therapy?
Plato once said, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a lifetime of conversation”. It is on this foundation that Recreation Therapy was built. Recreation and leisure are often the times in life when ones true character shows; how well does someone deal with adversity? How do they interact with others? How do they connect with the world at large? All of these questions and more can be answered through Recreation Therapy.
Recreation Therapy is a systematic process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation through the lens of therapeutic outcomes. It begins and ends with the individual participant in mind. What strengths do they possess? What barriers do they experience? What goals do they have for their future well-being?
A licensed and certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) guides the participant through a prescribed intervention in order to help the individual gain the most insight and find the healing elements of the intervention. Through carefully applied processing techniques the value of the intervention is revealed.
While every human being is capable of having “fun”, it is the deliberate nature of Rec Therapy that turns “fun and games” in to “growth and learning”.
At Brighton Recovery Center we believe in the phrase “involve me and I will learn”, it is part of our mission statement and a corner stone to all the treatment we provide. This spirit is clearly embodied by the Recreation Therapy program. The theoretic foundations of the program are illustrated in every activity the individuals we serve participate in.
Testimonials from our alumni about the benefits of Recreation Therapy:
“What’s not to like about recreational therapy? It’s great for the community, it allows us to interact with people in a normal setting, outside of just recovery. It was a lot of fun exercise, I didn’t know I liked stuff like that.”
“I liked that Brighton was willing to take us out into the community and let us do things that normal people do, it made it easier to gauge where we were at and out readiness to go out into the community. We were given space and time to get out of our heads and we were able to go out and get to know each other on a social level instead of the more personal ways we got to know each other while in the house.”
“I had lost a lot of my skills, so going out makes me self-conscious, which caused me to isolate and to drink. Understanding that really helped me and I’m working still to overcome it. I was always scared before but once I’m out I have so much fun. I’ve never really had fun in my life until rec therapy. It pushed me to challenge myself, it’s a far better program than any other I have attended.”
Whether it is playing disc golf at a park, hiking in the majestic mountains surrounding our beautiful building, or painting ceramics at a local art studio, the concepts of the program are reinforced. The focus is on recovery and living a full and healthy life in recovery. Participants learn that by fully engaging in their lives, surrounding themselves with positive people, finding meaning and purpose to their lives, and celebrating achievements they are capable of making the right decisions to positively affect the outcomes of their lives. Contact us to learn more about our recreational therapy program.