Adventure Therapy for Young Adults Illinois
Expanse Wilderness, a branch of WinGate Wilderness Therapy, is one of the premier adventure therapy programs in the U.S. We serve emotionally challenged emerging adults ages 18-28, offering an effective and life changing alternative to traditional long-term residential rehab centers.
At Expanse Wilderness, troubled young adult men or women from Illinois have a unique opportunity to learn the skills necessary for remediation from drug addiction (dependency), gender issues, failure to launch, and other issues associated with mental health through the benefits of adventure therapy for young adults from Illinois.
Young adults who are in the grips of troubles more than they can handle on their own, are often at a loss of where to turn for support. Too often traditional therapy can be ineffective, as young adults from Illinois may drop out or merely go through the motions of therapy, only to return to maladaptive escapist tendencies once back home.
The environment in which our therapy program takes place is one that is naturally free of distractions and intimately teaches responsibility as emerging adults face immediate consequences for their actions in a way that only living in the wilderness can do.
The results are that young adult men or women from Illinois find themselves both simultaneously humbled and empowered, with their confidence strengthened as they realize their inner strength and that they can finally walk the path of change and have everything it takes to move forward successfully in life.
Wilderness Programs for Young Adults from Illinois
As one of the top wilderness programs for young adults from Illinois, Expanse Wilderness delivers distinct support to young adults from Illinois suffering from alcohol abuse (dependency) and/or learning differences. We further this approach with alliance based treatment that contributes to our adult wilderness students feeling secure enough to explore the root of their issues and to then move forward.
The ability to form this connection and deep sense of trust between struggling young adult clients and our staff of mental health counselors is facilitated greatly by the wilderness environment of adventure therapy for young adults. As emerging adults learn natural consequences, our staff is able to take a step back and rather than pursue an authoritarian stance, we can focus upon building that relationship of equals that encourages and motivates adult wilderness students to address their issues.
As part of our devotion to results, Expanse Wilderness utilizes the philosophy of the Arbinger Institute to make our wilderness treatment program truly effective, unlike other wilderness programs for young adults from Illinois. Rather than focusing simply on results, we focus on helping young adult men or women from Illinois identify what is causing their problems, why they are turning to drugs and alcohol or behaving aggressively toward their peers, for example.
In doing so, we help to change mindsets and attitudes - not just teach new behaviors and skills. The results are truly life changing as once our young adult clients understand what is the driving force behind their issues, they can work to change that. And that naturally leads to a decrease in the troubling situations that have been plaguing them.
Therapeutic Wilderness Programs for Adults from Illinois
Wilderness therapy is much more than simply backpacking in the desert or an extended camping trip. As one of the top therapeutic wilderness programs for adults from Illinois, and as part of our therapy program, young adults will be grouped with other individuals in their age group who are taking part in their own issues. Led by a team of professional mental health counselors, this group will live outdoors, taking part in the wilderness is an intimate way that can only be experienced to truly understand just how deep the effect is.
While no one is placed in a situation that is unsafe, finding oneself fully enveloped in the vast beauty of nature and needing to rely on oneself, and to endure the natural consequences if one isn't up to the task of personal responsibility, forces one to behave with integrity. It creates an environment where one learns to change their internal focus to an external focus. This allows emerging adults to see their place in the world and how their actions affect the people around them.
Current research has found therapeutic wilderness programs for adults can offer results in a shorter amount of time than traditional therapy programs, with improved mood and behavior changes lasting once the participants return home. This efficacy is one of the reasons why many young adult men or women are referred to our program for aftercare treatment, to better encourage and support them with remaining on the path of remediation and sobriety.
It is our unique approach, facilitated and multiplied by the therapeutic effect the wilderness has, that enables the Expanse Wilderness program to make a difference in a young adult's life when other treatment methods have failed them. Expanse Wilderness creates an environment built to help emerging adults find a new direction and purpose in life. This synergistic program combines the life-changing elements of a wilderness experience with the best of proven therapeutic practices.