Water is vital for life, but it can do a lot more than quench your thirst or grow plants. Adventure therapy in South Florida is different than traditional addiction treatments because it uses physical activities in natural water environments to help you engage in the moment, challenge your body and mind, still your soul, and lower your stress. There’s even evidence that neurological, psychological, and emotional changes happen to our brain when we are close to water. Being in West Palm Beach, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by various water ecosystems, like the ocean and intracoastal waterways, which allows us to offer our patients adventure therapy as part of their personalized addiction treatment program.
Learn more about adventure therapy and how it can benefit you or someone you love to help overcome addiction while connecting with nature in a whole new way.
What You Can Get Out of Adventure Therapy
Adventure therapy engages clients physically, emotionally, and mentally because it requires movement, psychological resilience, clear communication, attuned listening, and teamwork. Being in a beautiful setting and doing physical activities with other people offers a variety of benefits. Adventure therapy can:
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Improve coping skills
- Promote physical well-being
- Increase feelings of accomplishment
- Create fellowship with other patients
In addition to these benefits, adventure therapy can be fun! You get to explore tropical environments, get close to wildlife, and do a variety of physical water activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and more.
How Does It Work?
Our partner, Thriiv Co., specializes in adventure therapy where all group sessions are run by a licensed mental health counselor who has extensive experience in addiction and mental health. Thriiv does excursions are all over Palm Beach County so no two sessions are ever the same. Sessions may include: strategic team building and group cohesion challenges; stand up paddle boarding; kayaking; snorkeling local reefs with tropical fish, sea turtles, manatees; exploring secluded islands, remote beaches, and mangroves; physical wellness activities; and geocaching on small local uninhabited islands.
If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, check out Thriiv’s gallery to see what you could be doing in an adventure therapy session. Sporting gear, life preserves, and first aid are included to ensure a safe experience. Our group sessions run about once a month and sizes range between four to eight people which helps create fellowship and a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The variety of activities and locations also ensures that you’re consistently challenged and never bored.
More About Thriiv’s Team
Jonathan “Jonny” Rios, and his wife, Kyla Rios, are the team behind Thriiv adventure therapy. Some things to know about Jonny:
- Licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida
- A. Psychology & Philosophy
- S. Counseling Psychology
- CPR certified
- 12 years mental health and substance abuse related experience
- 4 Years Military Training with the U.S. Army
- Experienced waterman: freediving, spearfishing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking
- A. Communications
- University admissions 10+ years
- Direct care/live-in therapist: Responsible for full time management of residential group home housing abused teens with a wide spectrum of mental disorders. Crisis management and stabilization
- Adventure enthusiast: hiking, camping, paddle boarding, yoga
You may be wondering at this point if adventure therapy is hard, but all you have to know is how to swim. The pace is up to you and Thriiv’s guides will give you a detailed introduction to paddle boarding and other activities to ensure a safe experience.