Group Homes for Young Adults Birmingham, AL
Expanse Wilderness is a premier wilderness behavioral health program, providing life skills training, substance abuse recovery, and mental health treatment for troubled emerging adults from the Birmingham, AL area. During their stay at Expanse Wilderness, our young adult students 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 Birmingham, AL, we accept into our program young adult men and women 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 programs" or "inpatient rehabilitation programs." Expanse Wilderness is one such residential treatment program and inpatient rehabilitation program, being a outdoor therapy program for at-risk young adults. During their stay in our program, adult wilderness clients alternatively learn the skills for sobriety and acquire healthy ways to attend to 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 provided through Expanse Wilderness are more effective than those provided by conventional therapy settings.
Additionally, wilderness therapy helps even the most resistant emerging adults from the Birmingham, AL 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 experiencing depression and anxiety, giving them with lasting peace and serenity.
Our admissions directors at Expanse Wilderness are available to counsel and coach family members of struggling young adult men and women. If you are ready to pave the path of restoration for your loved one, call (800) 685-3059 today!
Independent Group Home Living
Expanse Wilderness is a leading wilderness therapeutic program, as well as an affiliated member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. We offer Alliance-based therapy and Individualized clinical treatment for at-risk young adults from the Birmingham, AL area, who may be experiencing substance abuse (including marijuana), adoption/attachment disorders, anger issues, or other behavioral afflictions. Expanse Wilderness is the optimal alternative to group homes for emerging adults, with proven treatment philosophies and successful experiences with youth restoration and rehabilitation.
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 provides the epitome of experiential treatment, happening 24 hours each day, and blended with traditional individual and group therapy sessions. This delivers a stark difference from traditional settings, and provides 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 young adult students 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 therapy program
Expanse Wilderness is one of the premier wilderness therapy programs in the U.S., and is designed to counsel troubled young adult men and women who are experiencing process addiction (gaming, gambling), bipolar disorder, or self-harming behaviors. 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 young adults who have already undergone other treatment and recovery programs without much success.
About wilderness behavioral health programs
We now know that wilderness behavioral health programs have a considerable impact on at-risk emerging adults, since they require the adult wilderness client to be taken out of their comfort zone and placed in the distraction-free serenity of nature. Once the young adult students are adequately assessed by the therapists, 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 adult wilderness clients 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 adult men and women 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 rehabilitation.
While under 24 supervision, our young adult students 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 consultants are always available to counsel and coach any concerned loved ones with the next critical step. Call (800) 685-3059 today!