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Archive for the ‘Experiential Therapy’ Category

Experiential Program and Ropes Course Help with Recovery

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The Cirque Lodge Ropes Course and Experiential ProgramThe 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.

Equine Experience in a Drug Treatment Facility

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Indoor Horse Arena at our Drug treatment FacilityThe experiential program at Cirque provides many unique opportunities to learn lessons of recovery. One such activity is found through the equine program. The Cirque Lodge drug treatment facility has a number of horses that are specifically for working with clients through a number of therapeutic exercises. The Cirque Lodge Studio location has indoor and outdoor space for working with the horses. This time of year the indoor facility helps to keep the horses and the residents out of the cold elements. Residents work with horses and also members of our experiential staff through these equine exercises.

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Experiential Aspects to the Alcohol and Drug Rehab Program

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Experiential Snow Shoeing Activity in Drug RehabCirque Lodge is known for a number of things, but one that stands out when it comes to alcohol and drug rehab is our experiential program. Experiential activities offer the struggling alcoholic/addict with a chance to learn through hands on experiences. It provides a level of fun and physical challenge to the alcohol and drug rehab program and it is combined each day with the clinical aspects of addiction treatment. Today we look closer at some of these experiential aspects.

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Ropes/Climbing Challenges in Rehab

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Ropes/Climbing Challenge at Cirque Lodge Drug RehabOne of the unique parts of the Cirque Lodge alcohol and drug rehab experience is experiential therapy. A number of unique indoor and outdoor activities are utilized in teaching lessons of life and recovery. One of these activities involves our ropes course. The Studio location of Cirque is formerly a television and movie studio. A large soundstage in the facility houses a ropes course, archery and a Native American teepee. The indoor venue allows residents to take part in these activities year round as a part of their addiction treatment and recovery program.

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Rehabilitation Lessons Through Horses

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Equine Therapy at Cirque LodgeWhen the average individual thinks drug or alcohol rehab usually they aren’t think horses. At the Cirque Lodge, horses are a unique and effective piece to our mountain recovery program. Combined into the traditional and clinical aspects of Cirque’s recovery program is the use of experiential therapies. These therapies give hands on experience in learning and developing the tools of recovery. One piece of experiential work involves Cirque Lodge’s horses. The Studio facility has stables and indoor and outdoor venues for what we like to call ‘equine therapy’.

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