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Experiential Treatment

For Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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During every step of your journey toward recovery from your addiction, your brain is building new, positive memories. We help facilitate this process through experiential therapy activities designed to not only flood your mind and body with positivity, but also to engage and stimulate you in unique ways. The experiential therapies we offer set us apart as a world-class substance abuse treatment center.

JourneyPure Emerald Coast’s experiential therapy treatment is strategically designed to anchor recovery of essential skills and concepts. These activities are introduced in both individual and group sessions to enhance the cognitive component of recovery. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we incorporate unique indoor and outdoor activities that teach individuals how to cope with stress in positive and healthy ways. It’s one of the aspects of our experiential therapy in Florida that is very attractive to those going through the recovery process. It also makes JourneyPure Emerald Coast one of the top experiential therapy centers in Florida.

If you want a personalized experience during your substance abuse or mental health treatment that supports wellness in every possible way, choose JourneyPure Emerald Coast’s experiential therapy services in Florida.

What is Experiential Therapy?

experimental-therapyCompared to other forms of treatment, experiential therapy encourages physical activity in nature. It’s amazing to see how people going through our experiential therapy realize they can laugh and enjoy life again as begin a life in recovery. Clients participate in different activities to evoke emotional stimuli and learn how to resolve them through various recreational activities. Experiential Therapy helps assist clients as they return to their homes and work lives, with the skills able to deal with the stressors of everyday life. They are also better equipped to avoid the triggers that led them down the path of destruction. Time and time again, we have seen how helpful experiential therapy can be.

Immersion in nature and nature-based activities seems to make it easier for many of our clients to identify and confront unresolved emotions composing the core of addiction and psychological problems. Experiential therapy is also valuable in helping to show clients how to cope with unpleasant personal issues and find solutions to those issues that do not involve drugs or alcohol.

In fact, experiential therapy activities may present the first opportunity some of our clients have had to tackle negative feelings completely and holistically. Learning to replace destructive emotions with positive, optimistic ones instead is one of the many phases clients must pass through on their road to sobriety.

Experiential Therapy Activities We Offer

Everyone has different activities they react best to, so we offer a wide range of experiential therapy options:

Songwriting Workshops — Whether you love to listen to music, enjoy singing or cannot hold a tune, you can participate in our experiential therapy songwriting workshops. These workshops are opportunities to put your feelings into words in an artistic, creative way. Just as poetry and journaling have been known to help those facing their addictions, songwriting also can free you of the emotions associated with your challenges. Plus, you may even discover that you actually have quite a knack or talent for the songwriting process! Many of our clients are thrilled with the results of their songwriting endeavors and continue to produce their own music after they leave our treatment center in Panama City Beach, FL.

Equine Therapy — Horses and humans can develop an almost symbiotic bond. There is certainly something incredible about riding a horse, as you put your faith in this majestic creature. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we provide our clients with equine therapy. Even if you have never ridden a horse before, you can be a part of this amazing experiential therapy treatment service. An added benefit to equine therapy is physical exercise, which is something your body will begin to crave instead of drugs or alcohol. Benefits of equine therapy include:


  • Physical: Enhances muscle tone, motor coordination and sense of balance often impaired by years of drug addiction.
  • Psychological: Clients participating in equine therapy report increased self-esteem, positive sense of well-being and development of self-confidence. In addition to riding and interacting with horses, clients are also expected to take care of their horse (feeding, grooming, etc.), which helps renew the importance of responsibility.
  • Empathy: Because horses and people have a natural affinity with each other, our clients in equine therapy develop their sense of compassion and love toward other beings. The affirmative attitude they acquire from interacting with horses helps improve family relationships strained by their drug addiction.

Team-Building Activities — Many individuals who partner with JourneyPure Emerald Coast have faltered or stumbled in their personal relationships. If you are trying to rebuild your life, team-building activities can be the perfect, low-risk place to start to gain trust and learn how to be the person you truly are. Our team-building activities offer you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, as well as have fun. We also offer family experiential therapies, and team-building activities can play a part in those therapy treatments.

Outdoor Challenges and Recreational Activities — One of the biggest benefits to coming to our substance abuse treatment center located near the water in beautiful, warm Florida is there are so many outdoor places to go. We have developed outdoor challenges and recreational activities that will help you push yourself physically and mentally. Even if you have never thought of yourself as an athlete, you will discover you are stronger than you ever realized, thanks to our outdoor challenges.

Wilderness and Adventure Therapy — For clients who desire even more experiential therapy treatments and are ready to really take charge of their lives, we have wilderness and adventure therapy sessions. After undergoing these kinds of therapies, you will feel more in tune with who you are becoming as a person in the process of recovery. Wilderness experience therapy (WEP) puts clients in an environment totally unlike their previous environment — primal, natural and pure. WEP programs are designed to focus on the importance of personal responsibility, self-control and the joy of feeling a sense of belonging and acceptance. Far away from people and places that facilitated their drug addiction, JourneyPure Emerald Coast clients enjoy these benefits of wilderness and adventure therapy:


  • Nurturing and improvement of physical and mental health which contributes significantly to helping clients avoid relapse
  • Development of feelings of self-empowerment and self-efficacy by learning survival skills such as making a fire, putting up a tent and what to do in emergencies
  • Forging new, healthy relationships with others seeking the same goals in life
  • Gaining insight into themselves and their addiction by adopting rational and positive thinking patterns
  • Viewing their previous situation in a different manner and coming to the realization that they and their loved ones deserve much better from life

Experiential Family Activities for Clients With a Dual Diagnosis

For clients given a dual-diagnosis of addiction and mental illness, experiential family therapy activities may be integrated into their personalized treatment plan after their mental illness has been stabilized by medication and psychotherapy. Mental health counselors also help clients with a mental disorder cope with daily living situations by providing practical advice, facilitating access to support services and assisting with any unexpected issues that arise during a family activity.

Moreover, family counseling is almost always incorporated in a client’s treatment program, especially those who come from dysfunctional families and may require additional professional help in developing normal, nurturing familial relationships

Whether artistic or exercise based, experiential therapy is proven to help individuals fighting addiction, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health challenges. Our team of experienced professionals encourages and inspires clients to express their complex and ever-changing emotions in a safe, positive way. In many cases, individuals at our Panama City Beach, Florida experiential therapy center make life-changing discoveries about themselves in very little time. These revelations help them recognize their abilities, and will lead them to life-changing possibilities. Our trained professionals love to watch the progress of those who turn to our experiential therapy programs.

To learn more about our experiential therapy activities and how engaging in these special activities promotes recovery and lifelong sobriety, contact us online or give us a call at today.

By encouraging patients to step outside of their comfort zone and experience new things, we’re able to help individuals experience emotional and therapeutic breakthroughs that curb negative behavior patterns.

Experiential therapies are integrated throughout our clinic program.

By encouraging clients to step outside of their comfort zone and experience new things, we’re able to help individuals experience emotional and therapeutic breakthroughs that curb negative behavior patterns.

Many individuals who come to our experiential therapy treatment center in Florida do not realize what’s holding them back, why they are addicted or why they keep relapsing. Through experiential therapy, they start to recognize exactly why they function the way they do. Experiential therapy gives them positive ways to combat negative behaviors and decisions.

Experience the Benefits of Experiential Therapy

focused on the task and activity at hand, the conversations and lessons learned are authentic and genuine. Experiential therapy helps clients address extreme emotions and channel them through positive activities rather than substance abuse. Participants may even discover a new hobby that they can enjoy when they’re sober. You never know what you can do until you try. Be the person you were before addiction entered your life and start writing a new chapter in your life history, beginning with our experiential therapies.

If you, or someone you love, are suffering from addiction, we’re here to help.

Call (800) 493-5253 today. Our lines are open 24/7/365.