Wilderness Therapy Programs for Young Adults
WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a leading Wilderness Therapy Program helping troubled young adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as lack of motivation. Within our challenging, yet encouraging environment young adults receive the therapy and treatment they need to gain perspective, grow, and maturity before returning home.
Young adults in wilderness therapy are involved in a unique combination of treatments, including experiential, adventure, individual, and group therapies. This provides our young adult campers with an opportunity to identify their underlying issues, gain insight into how these behaviors started and what they can do to change them, and develop the life skills necessary to become a productive adult. Surrounded by nature, there are no interruptions or unhealthy influences to distract them.
Benefits of Wilderness Therapy
Researchers have found that Wilderness Therapy Programs have a positive impact on a young adult’s behavior, mood, interpersonal relationships, and social skills. Additionally, they have a stronger desire to maintain the changes in their behavior, as well as the healthy life skills that are needed to do this.
Just as it is the case with troubled teens, wilderness therapy has been scientifically proven to be particularly beneficial for young adults struggling with addiction and substance abuse, defiance, impulsiveness, personality disorders, depression, and self-doubt. Also, it often works for young adults who have completed traditional therapy programs without lasting results, as well as those who are in denial that they have a problem in the first place and, therefore, actually require any treatment, whatsoever.
At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we have helped numerous young adults reconnect with the person they are inside, resulting in changes that are nothing short of life-changing for both the young adult and the people who love them.
WinGate’s experienced consultants are available to offer confidential guidance and assistance to the parents of struggling young adults. If you think WinGate Wilderness Therapy would benefit yourself or a loved one, please call us at (800) 560-1599 today!
WinGate Wilderness Therapy Program for Young Adults
As a top Wilderness Therapy program, WinGate provides a safe and therapeutic environment for troubled young adults who are struggling with depression, aggression, mood instability, substance abuse/addiction, self-doubt, and other mental health-related conditions.
By using only the best proven therapeutic practices and the serenity of the environment, young adults receive the treatment they need to transition into independent adults.
When young adults are sent into the wilderness - where there are no personal, technological, societal, or otherwise similar distractions - they have a natural inclination to form stable relationships and seek mentors in the people who surround them in life. Also, the shared tasks and living experience allow our clients and staff to develop a closer therapeutic relationship. As their bond and trust build, any chance of resistance to treatment decreases significantly and, furthermore, facilitates the healing process. Research also indicates that a natural, restorative environment is essential to shifting a young adult’s view of the world and their perceptions of self.
The Wilderness Therapy Approach
At WinGate, we take a nonconfrontational approach to therapy. Instead, we help our clients gain insight into their behaviors and any underlying issues, while also helping them develop the skills they need to change and make practical choices. A combination of adventure, group, and individual therapies, as well as an introduction to the 12 steps for those battling substance abuse, gives our clients the opportunity to look inside themselves to discover the person they truly are and the mature adult they are capable of being.
At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we have helped thousands of young adults find their purpose in life and emerge with a strong motivation to succeed in life.
Adventure Therapy for Troubled Young Adults
As a top wilderness therapy camp, WinGate has a proven track record for providing struggling young adults with the therapy and treatment they need to recover. From young adults struggling with substance abuse/ addiction to those dealing with mental health or motivational issues, we have helped countless young adults establish the life skills that are needed to become healthy, productive young adults with a purpose.
Wilderness Therapy and Substance Abuse
As of 2014, 42% of young adults between the ages of 18-24 had episodes of binge drinking, while 15% admitted to consistent heavy drinking and 20% reported they used illicit drugs. As is the case for many other mentally ill young men and women, for these troubled young adults, Wilderness Therapy is often the answer. When removed from their unhealthy environment often filled with negative influences and placed in the serene wilderness, where they receive 24/7 treatment, they have the opportunity to face and address their problems.
WinGate combines a variety of proven therapeutic interventions, including adventure and experiential therapy and the 12 steps, to help struggling young adults gain insight into their harmful behaviors and how they began, as well as develop the life and relapse prevention skills that are crucial to maintaining their sobriety after discharge.
Wilderness Therapy and Mental Health Issues
As reported by the most recent studies, 1 in 25 adults in the United States suffers from at least one type of severe mental illness that significantly interferes with or disrupts their daily life. To that end, Wilderness therapy can also be very beneficial for them.
While immersed in a healing, calming, and therapeutically staffed supported environment who deeply care for each client's personal issues, and by using proven therapeutic interventions, our young adult-clientele have the opportunity to build self-efficacy. Moreover, this success results in positive growth and changes that help them find long-lasting serenity and contentment.
At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we are dedicated to helping troubled young adults heal and become the person they are truly meant to be. The professional consultants at WinGate are available to provide assistance and guidance to the parents of struggling young adults. Call (800) 560-1599 today!
Other Resources for Parents and Young Adults
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Learn how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leading public health efforts for the purposes of advancing the behavioral health of the country.