Group Homes for Young Adults Alexandria, VA
Expanse Wilderness is a leading wilderness therapy program, providing life skills training, substance abuse recovery, and mental health treatment for struggling young adult men and women from the Alexandria, VA area. During their stay at Expanse Wilderness, our adult wilderness clients turn over a new leaf in life, and begin a new path to a life of sobriety and peace. Although Expanse Wilderness may be located outside the area of Alexandria, VA, we accept into our program young adults from all over the country.
Historically, the term "Group Home" referred to shelters where house residents possessed some mental or physical handicaps. Today, the term "Group Home" is often used as a general term for "residential treatment centers" or "inpatient rehabilitation centers." Expanse Wilderness is one such residential treatment center and inpatient rehabilitation center, being a outdoor wilderness program for emotionally challenged emerging adults. During their stay in our program, young adult participants alternatively learn the skills for sobriety and acquire healthy ways to properly deal with negative influences.
Wilderness Therapy: The Best Alternative to Group Homes
At Expanse Wilderness, we believe that wilderness therapy is an effective form of treatment, based on the philosophies of the Arbinger Institute, we put into practice established therapeutic practices, and combine them with a wilderness environment that is healing in of itself. In fact, multiple studies have been done that prove nature improves physical and mental ailments and afflictions. By providing therapy and counseling in a wilderness setting, the programs offered through Expanse Wilderness are more effective than those offered by conventional therapy settings.
Additionally, wilderness therapy helps even the most resistant young adult men and women from the Alexandria, VA area, to become open to treatment. It also helps those struggling with denial about their substance abuse to become aware of their addiction and willing to accept help. Furthermore, it supports those coping with depression and anxiety, providing them with lasting peace and serenity.
Our admissions counselors at Expanse Wilderness are available to guide and coach families of at-risk young adults. If you are ready to pave the path of transformation for your loved one, call (800) 685-3059 today!
Independent Group Home Living
Expanse Wilderness is a premier accredited wilderness treatment center, as well as an affiliated member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. We give Brainspotting therapy and Life-coaching for emotionally challenged emerging adults from the Alexandria, VA area, who may be coping with alcohol abuse (dependency), family conflict, lack of motivation, or other behavioral afflictions. Expanse Wilderness is the optimal alternative to group homes for young adult men and women, with proven treatment philosophies and successful experiences with youth transformation and restoration.
While some people may feel that therapeutic programs segregated by gender are the optimal choice, they may be misinformed. With single-sex programs and schools, there is a lack of educational focus, greater inequality between the genders, an increase in gender stereotypes, and more.
Co-ed environments, on the other hand, provide opportunities to build interpersonal relationships with members of the opposite sex in a healthy, productive manner. Gender stereotypes are nullified as both sexes work together on treatment and activities related to their recovery. In fact, 62% of students at co-ed schools feel they can participate in many activities with both same sex or opposite sex partners. This prepares them for the real world, and for their place in the workforce.
Benefits of a Natural Therapy Setting
Additionally, the wilderness setting for the therapeutic program offers the epitome of experiential treatment, happening 24 hours each day, and blended with traditional individual and group therapy sessions. This provides a stark difference from traditional settings, and offers greater opportunities for observation and intervention without the constant distractions afforded by traditional settings.
Studies have shown that natural settings result in a higher capacity for paying attention, which means the treatment will be far more effective than it would in an indoor environment. Our adult wilderness clients are less distracted in a natural environment, and have the added benefit of nature being proven to have significant mental and physical health benefits.
Wilderness camp program
Expanse Wilderness is one of the leading wilderness camp programs in the U.S., and is designed to guide struggling young adults who are coping with drug abuse (prescription/otc), grief and loss, or sexual promiscuity. As a result of the high success rates it has garnered, wilderness therapy is becoming an increasingly more popular treatment among psychologists and counselors, especially for emerging adults who have already encountered other treatment and recovery programs without much success.
About wilderness therapy programs
We now know that wilderness therapy programs have a considerable impact on emotionally challenged young adult men and women, since they require the young adult participant to be taken out of their comfort zone and placed in the distraction-free serenity of nature. Once the adult wilderness clients are adequately assessed by the practitioners, the natural setting and the tailored therapy programs provided are a catalyst for growth.
The setting allows psychologists to work in fun and non-pathologizing ways, which means the young adult participants are likely to pay more attention. Furthermore, nature is devoid of the daily distractions offered by traditional settings. This means defensive barriers are broken down, and young adults work their way through an avoidance stage, a learning phase, and a self-growth and self-efficacy stage. This allows for effective treatment, therapy, and restoration.
While under 24 supervision, our adult wilderness clients learn the importance of responsibility and self-efficacy while also participating in adventure programs and outdoor activities. This experiential therapy helps them to develop positive relationships, builds trust, and helps them to learn the life skills needed to succeed in a life of sobriety and healthy thinking. Simply put, wilderness therapy is life-changing.
At Expanse Wilderness, our family specialists are always available to guide and coach any intervening relatives with the next critical step. Call (800) 685-3059 today!