At Painted Desert Recovery in New Harmony, Utah, we use experiential therapy as one of our many addiction therapy options. Our women-only facility provides an oasis where our clients can focus solely on their recovery. If you are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, our Painted Desert Recovery team offers a wide array of addiction therapy programs, including experiential addiction therapy.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy uses real-time events or encounters that may cause a shift in someone’s perception of themselves or the world around them. As an integral part of an effective addiction treatment program, this therapeutic method provides people with a safe place to explore complicated thoughts and challenging emotions. Also, experiential therapy helps women make essential connections between these thoughts and emotions and develop healthier coping skills. With the help of a skilled Painted Desert Recovery therapist, our experiential therapy program can guide women toward living in the moment without numbing emotional pain with drugs or alcohol.
Do I Need Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy may not be the best choice for everyone in treatment. However, you may be an ideal candidate for experiential addiction therapy at Painted Desert Recovery if:
- You have endured physical or sexual abuse in the past.
- You have a co-occurring mental health disorder in addition to your addiction.
- You feel uncomfortable talking about your past.
- You have trouble expressing thoughts and feelings without getting angry, defensive, or upset.
- You feel happier when art or physical activities are part of your recovery process.
If these descriptions resonate with you, then experiential therapy may be a useful tool as part of your treatment plan at Painted Desert Recovery.
How Effective Is Experiential Therapy?
Studies have shown that experiential therapy, when administered properly, can be an effective component of addiction treatment. Addiction affects a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, so experiential therapy taps into the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing, which opens the way for people to feel their emotions fully instead of drinking or using drugs. It’s a way to sort through negative feelings, understand them, and move on. Once you work through negative feelings, you’re open to more positive feelings of forgiveness, love, and inner peace. The experiential addiction therapy program at Painted Desert Recovery offers many additional benefits for women in recovery, including:
- Experiential therapy leads to healthier expression of emotions, including negative and positive emotions. Women in this program work through personal conflicts by either recreating them or through new activities or hobbies.
- An experiential addiction therapy program also reduces issues with denying your problems so that you can get to the root causes of your addiction.
- Our Painted Desert Recovery team has noted that women in our experiential therapy program tend to have an increase in motivation. When our clients are fully committed to their recovery, addiction treatment is more effective.
- Women in our experiential therapy program develop a more positive approach to other more conventional therapeutic interventions. So, the experiential therapy program enhances the effectiveness of our other addiction therapy programs, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Use Our Experiential Therapy Program to Treat Your Addiction
Experiential therapy is a modern approach to mental health and addiction treatment that treats the whole person. If you are enrolled in the experiential therapy program at Painted Desert Recovery, you can relive and reenact experiences associated with your past and learn to overcome the negative emotions attached to them.
Our Painted Desert Recovery utilizes experiential therapy alongside other forms of evidence-based therapy to give women in treatment the best chance at long-term recovery. To learn more about experiential therapy or any of our other addiction therapy programs, contact our team today by calling 844.540.0357 or completing our confidential online form.