The Cirque Lodge experiential program helps to enhance and anchor down the clinical work we do. A number of indoor and outdoor activities have been created to build upon the work of individual, group, family and 12-step elements of our alcohol and drug rehab program. It is one of the unique and effective parts to the Cirque Lodge treatment experience. Our Studio location, located at the mouth of beautiful Provo Canyon, provides us with indoor venues for our experiential program. We never lose a day of this type of engaging therapy to bad weather!
The Ropes Course
The Soundstage at the Studio is a massive 17,000 ft. room. It has 50ft ceilings. Today it houses the ropes course at Cirque Lodge. (As you can see in the picture) The ropes course consists of two large tri-pods made of lumber. These things are connected by a series of climbing apparatuses, beams, wires and swings. All of these challenges are a part of the ropes course experience of our experiential program. However, not all challenges take place high up in the air. There are also a number of low ropes activities and team-based challenges to get our cognitive functions working appropriately.
High Ropes – There are many different elements, challenges to the ropes course. We provide a series of 39 climbing events separately used during experiential time. There are also other climbing challenges, a zip line that goes to the floor, a climbing wall and a giant swing. Despair and fear are two emotions where alcohol and drug addiction tend to thrive. Part of the alcohol and drug rehab program at Cirque Lodge is to get individuals out of their fears. A way that we challenge these fears is through these high ropes activities. It can take some courage to be up in the air and to take that leap. The staff that is involved in our experiential program is certified and experienced in working with residents on these climbing events. They help to make it a safe and rewarding experience.
Low Ropes – The low-ropes series of challenges in the ropes course allow us to get thinking again, problem solving in fact. It is hard to explain, but our experiential team has come up with a number of different, team based challenges. Different basic things are used in these challenges like logs, bricks, blocks of wood, ropes and boards. The residents are presented with a problem that they must think through using these items. It helps to bring out leaders in the group and to address relationship and social issues. It helps residents to learn how to problem solve while supporting one another. The ropes course also houses an indoor archery range and Native American style teepee that we use in experiential therapy sessions.
Aspects to the Experiential Program
There are many different aspects to our experiential program. The ropes course provides different lessons for the recovery process, healing and how we communicate with others. At the beginning and end of each ropes course activity there is the processing part, where residents discuss what they got out of the activity. These are things that residents can take with them and apply to their recovery. They are just one more coping strategy available to assist with a long-term recovery.
Another aspect to our experiential program is to teach residents how to enjoy themselves in treatment and recovery. Alcohol and drug addiction thrive in the negative. By introducing positive activities, our residents can find ways to have healthy fun again. Having fun in sobriety is a very powerful relapse prevention tool. Through our experiential program, residents are shown positive and healthy ways that they can have fun as they continue to work their program.
It takes several effective approaches to treat alcoholism or drug addiction. With the combination of clinical work, recovery (12-step) work and dual diagnosis, the experiential program at Cirque Lodge provides a unique and effective approach to addiction recovery. It is a program that enhances the body, the mind and the spirit. It helps to engage clients in the recovery process. Not all of this takes place in our ropes course room, but the ropes course does play a part in this unique indoor and outdoor recovery experience.