Group Homes for Young Adults Erie, PA
Expanse Wilderness is a premier wilderness camp program, providing life skills training, substance abuse recovery, and mental health treatment for at-risk young adults from the Erie, PA area. During their stay at Expanse Wilderness, our young adult participants 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 Erie, PA, we accept into our program emerging 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 "long-term residential rehab programs" or "rehab treatment programs." Expanse Wilderness is one such long-term residential rehab program and rehab treatment program, being a therapeutic outdoor program for troubled young adult men or women. During their stay in our program, adult wilderness students alternatively learn the skills for sobriety and acquire healthy ways to get a handle on 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 given through Expanse Wilderness are more effective than those given by conventional therapy settings.
Additionally, wilderness therapy helps even the most resistant young adults from the Erie, PA 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 struggling with depression and anxiety, giving them with lasting peace and serenity.
Our admissions specialists at Expanse Wilderness are available to help and coach loved ones of emotionally challenged emerging adults. If you are ready to pave the path of change for your loved one, call (800) 685-3059 today!
Independent Group Home Living
Expanse Wilderness is a leading therapeutic wilderness rehab center, as well as an affiliated member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. We provide Career assessment training and Relational therapy for troubled young adult men or women from the Erie, PA area, who may be struggling with drug abuse (prescription/otc), attentional deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), behavioral issues, or other behavioral afflictions. Expanse Wilderness is the optimal alternative to group homes for young adults, with proven treatment philosophies and successful experiences with youth change and transformation.
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 gives 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 young adult participants 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 treatment program
Expanse Wilderness is one of the premier wilderness treatment programs in the U.S., and is designed to help at-risk emerging adults who are struggling with substance abuse (including marijuana), depression, or mood disorders. 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 adult men or women who have already experienced other treatment and recovery programs without much success.
About wilderness camp programs
We now know that wilderness camp programs have a considerable impact on troubled young adults, since they require the adult wilderness student to be taken out of their comfort zone and placed in the distraction-free serenity of nature. Once the young adult participants are adequately assessed by the clinicians, 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 students 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 emerging 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 transformation.
While under 24 supervision, our young adult participants 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.