Adventure Therapy for Young Adults South Dakota
Expanse Wilderness, a branch of WinGate Wilderness Therapy, is one of the premier adventure therapy programs in the U.S. We serve struggling young adult men and women ages 18 - 28, offering an effective and life changing alternative to traditional residential treatment centers.
At Expanse Wilderness, at-risk young adults from South Dakota have a unique opportunity to learn the skills necessary for transformation from alcohol abuse (dependency), family conflict, lack of motivation, and other issues associated with mental health through the benefits of adventure therapy for young adults from South Dakota.
Emerging 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 guidance. Too often traditional therapy can be ineffective, as emerging adults from South Dakota 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 young adult men and women face immediate consequences for their actions in a way that only living in the wilderness can do.
The results are that young adults from South Dakota 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 restoration and have everything it takes to move forward successfully in life.
Wilderness Programs for Young Adults from South Dakota
As one of the leading wilderness programs for young adults from South Dakota, Expanse Wilderness gives distinguished guidance to emerging adults from South Dakota coping with drug abuse (prescription/otc) and/or grief and loss. We further this approach with alliance based treatment that contributes to our adult wilderness clients 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 emotionally challenged young adult participants and our staff of practitioners is facilitated greatly by the wilderness environment of adventure therapy for young adults. As young adult men and women 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 clients to address their issues.
As part of our commitment to results, Expanse Wilderness utilizes the philosophy of the Arbinger Institute to make our wilderness therapy program truly effective, unlike other wilderness programs for young adults from South Dakota. Rather than focusing simply on results, we focus on counseling young adults from South Dakota 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 recover mindsets and attitudes - not just teach new behaviors and skills. The results are truly life changing as once our young adult participants 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 South Dakota
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 South Dakota, and as part of our therapy program, emerging adults will be grouped with other individuals in their age group who are undergoing their own issues. Led by a team of experienced practitioners, this group will live outdoors, undergoing 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 recover their internal focus to an external focus. This allows young adult men and women 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 provide 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 adults are referred to our program for aftercare treatment, to better encourage and guide them with remaining on the path of transformation 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 emerging 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.