The Expanse Wilderness facilities are located in Kanab, UT. Students who wish to enroll in our program, who live outside of Utah, will be required to travel and temporarily relocate there.

Adventure Therapy for Young Adults - Expanse Wilderness is a leading wilderness program providing adventure therapy for adults who are coping with various issues with mental health, depression, substance use..

Adventure Therapy for Adults

Expanse Wilderness is a leading wilderness program providing adventure therapy for adults who are coping with various issues with mental health, depression, substance abuse, or failure to launch as a productive adult. There is a growing number of young adults who are struggling to make it on their own and find direction in their lives. These emerging adults may technically be "adults," but they lack the life skills they need to be self-sufficient. Frequently, these young people are struggling with undiagnosed mental health conditions.

Adventure therapy for adults is a part of our program offers essential treatment for young adults ages 18 to 28. Through the beautiful outdoors, young adults are isolated from any peers that may have influenced their risky behaviors. Getting away from it all allows troubled young adults to be able to devote their undivided attention towards their recovery. As they hike, camp, and explore, they learn to work with others and benefit from the close bonds they form with their therapy staff and peers.

Expanse Wilderness offers adventure therapy for adults, based on the foundations discovered by the Arbinger Institute. We do not believe you can simply change a person's behavior; you must first find what is driving them to that behavior. Through thorough assessments, we work to discover the underlying causes of negative behaviors so they can be addressed and treated. This leads to lasting positive changes in the emerging adult's life instead of short-term changes.

At Expanse Wilderness, we understand the desperation related parties often feel when they see their child emerging into adulthood without being prepared. Like a fish out of water, watching them struggle can be more than a intervening relative can bear. Thankfully, emerging adults can be helped through our program that includes critical elements of adventure therapy for adults.

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Expanse Wilderness, through their parent company WinGate Wilderness Therapy, also helps adolescents, ages 13-17. For more information, please visit the WinGate Wilderness Therapy program for youth website, or call them at (800) 560-1599.

Best Wilderness Programs for Young Adults

Expanse Wilderness, a branch of WinGate Wilderness Therapy, is one of the best wilderness programs for young adults in the U.S. When it comes time for a young adult to emerge from the parental "nest" and strike out on their own, their inhibiting mental health concerns are often revealed. It can be difficult for any loved one who wants to help their struggling family member, yet not enable them.

Troubled young adults who are struggling to make it in life often need intervention to help them wake up to reality and learn the social and life skills they must possess to live an independent life. Expanse Wilderness offers the adventure therapy adults need to overcome their substance abuse and addiction so they can heal from past hurts and spring forward into independent life.

At Expanse Wilderness, we base our wilderness program for young adults on the Arbinger Institute philosophies that promote discovering the force causing a behavior before attempting to make a change. Our wilderness program is firmly founded on alliance-based therapy that offers lasting changes instead of temporary ones that can fade depending on the environment.

Alliance-based therapy is a proven treatment strategy that works because it inspires genuine and lasting change through the close relationship that is formed between the young adult and their therapy team. Unlike level systems and behavior modification strategies, our therapy plan of action seeks to learn the cause that is driving the unwanted behavior and then work towards removing it through internal motivation.

When a person is fully motivated internally, the changes they make will not be based on external influences that can vary. We have witnessed our best wilderness program for young adults transform thousands of lives, so we know it is effective even though many wilderness programs refuse to use this method simply because it is more difficult to accomplish. Because of the tremendous training our staff has undergone, we can confidently say that we can achieve creating lasting changes in individuals that could not receive help in other traditional therapy programs.

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Therapeutic Wilderness Programs for Adults

Young adults who go through rehab and other sober-living treatment are often ill-prepared when it comes time to leave the program that typically lasts between thirty and ninety days. These young adults frequently end up being drawn right back to the wrong peers and making the wrong decisions that led them to need substance abuse and addiction therapy in the first place.

We know therapeutic wilderness programs for adults can have greater benefits and results. Expanse Wilderness offers these emerging adults a more profound healing experience with our therapeutic wilderness program. Through our program, young adults learn the skills they need to not only live a sober life but also to live one that allows them to be self-sufficient. If a young adult attempts to live a sober life without being fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need, they are more likely to fail.

Peer pressure is one of the driving factors that leads young adults to go astray. Our therapeutic wilderness program for adults instills self-worth, self-esteem, and self-determination so young people have strong internal motivation to remain sober and learn to say no to the negative influencing peers and situations they may face in life.

Our therapeutic wilderness program allows the beauty of nature to awaken a young adult's mind. Since they are no longer being influenced by peers, social media, or television, they can fully focus on the healing therapy they are being given. As they develop integral bonds between their support staff and peers, they learn more about themselves and the world around them. Instead of confronting them with their behaviors, we work to help them gain insight and discover ways to make lasting positive changes that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

The young men and women who progress through our therapeutic wilderness program emerge fully ready to embrace life and live it to the fullest without the need for mind and mood altering substances that can ruin their lives. They finally possess the skills they need to emerge into the self-reliant adults they long to be.

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