Recreational Therapy for Addiction

A common form of therapy for the treatment of drug or alcohol addiction and various mental health disorders, recreational therapy can improve client health and reduce symptoms of addiction in ways that other forms of treatment come short. Sometimes referred to as therapeutic recreation, this type of therapy involves the use of various recreational skills and activities to help clients address limitations associated with their addiction to drugs or alcohol.  Recreational therapy at SJRP guides clients through various activities to improve all aspects of their life for mental and physical healing.

Clients that participate in therapeutic recreation report improvements in:

  • Independence
  • Family Relationships
  • Communication with Others
  • Achievement of Goals in Recovery
  • Wellbeing and Overall Happiness
  • Coping Abilities
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health

To learn more about the recreational therapy programs offered at SJRP, call our admissions team at 833-397-3422.

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The Origins of Recreational Therapy

The concept of recreational therapy was introduced shortly after the impact of World War II had come to a close in the mid-1940s. The morale and psyche of fearless patriots were wounded and required repair that extended beyond physical therapy. Through trial and error inpatient treatment programs, it was noted that for hospitalized patients to experience a healthy recovery, it is essential to ensure that all needs of the veterans were met- emotionally, socially, and psychologically- and thus recreational therapy was born.

During this period recreational therapy became recognized in hospitals and through programs such as the Red Cross and Veterans Affairs. Fast forward 75 years later, recreational therapy has expanded into many branches of the medical field and has become a staple for inpatient and outpatient treatments across the nation.

Unfortunately, the thought of attending a recreational program whilst in recovery might seem unfamiliar and unnecessary to some. The idea of a meticulously planned daily routine could cause one to wonder how ‘another’ therapeutic program that interrupts the routine could be helpful for them. Rehabilitation and