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Adults in Wilderness Therapy Programs | WinGate | Shayne Gallagher


Adults in Wilderness Therapy Programs | WinGateWilderness therapy programs show promise for helping young adults deal with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. Experts currently estimate that 1 in 5 young adults have a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. Shayne Gallagher, the Executive Director of WinGate Wilderness Program for Adults concurs with the experts.

Young adults are at a unique position in life where they transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. The rapid expansion of freedom that often comes with adulthood can sometimes lead to slips. Young people are at high risk for developing substance abuse issues or addictions.

Wilderness therapy is an effective treatment for the issues that can develop in young people. There is a large body of research demonstrating the effectiveness of wilderness therapy for adolescents. Overall, studies have found that wilderness and adventure programs are most effective for young adults, with much stronger and longer-lasting results across a range of emotional, mental, and behavioral measures (Hattie et al, 1997).

In particular, adults with depression, anxiety, substance dependence and addiction, and problems getting started with adult life benefit more from treatment with wilderness therapy than from conventional inpatient or outpatient treatment programs.

Enhancing Traditional Therapy

Wilderness therapy works by enhancing traditional therapy approaches through immersion in an outdoor environment. Free from the distractions and stress of normal life, young adults are able to focus on their issues. They work together to accomplish the tasks of basic wilderness living, improving social skills and relationships and increasing self-efficacy.

Young adults leave wilderness therapy programs aware of the solutions to their problems, more capable of relating to others, and engaged in a process of self-improvement. This can be enough by itself to give them momentum to continue changing for the better at home, or can give them the willingness and motivation to complete continuing care programs.

If adults have addiction issues, wilderness therapy can give them enough of a break from the triggers and pressures of living for them to get a real grasp on recovery. If they have had a "failure to launch" and need a boost to be able to get a job, go to school, or continue on into adult life, wilderness therapy starts them in a pattern of successful task accomplishment.

Overall, wilderness therapy programs are an excellent choice for young adults who want or need to change the way they are living and overcome mental and emotional issues. While those suffering from active suicide attempts, severe eating disorders, or serious active delusions and hallucinations should seek out traditional inpatient options, wilderness therapy offers the best choice for young adults needing a little help before moving on with their lives.

 

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