In recent decades more holistic and comprehensive approaches have been constructed to better fit the needs of young adults today. Adventure Therapy programs have become increasingly prevalent over the past few decades. The popularity that these outdoor therapeutic programs have gained is due to their success in helping adolescents and young adults who are grappling with various mental health, emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues.
Adventure therapy is a method of therapy that combines elements of adventure based activities with group and individual therapy. These wilderness residential treatment models offer a fresh vantage point from which young adults can step away, assess, and develop insight into their goals and their identity. Therapy combined with adventure activities can also help these individuals improve and expand their skills sets in addition to providing them with therapists that can help them gain confidence and internal self motivation.
Adventure therapy is a highly effective treatment method for young adults struggling with a wide variety of challenges, such as:
- Electronic or video game addiction
- Executive functioning deficits
- Low motivation
- Low self-esteem
- Body image
- Substance abuse
The model of adventure therapy is a productive solution in helping young adults overcome these issues by incorporating a combination of adventure activities, community service, cultural immersion, in addition to talk therapy.