“A group of peers pulls a resident up to probably about 60 feet. I saw a woman dealing with her fears.
We coached her; in her mind, she said, “I can do this. I can do this”. She got to the ground, and she was just all smiles and tears and laughter. She won that day.”
– Dave Beck, Experiential Director
The high ropes course consists of two large wooden tripods at each side of the room. A spectacular series of climbing apparatuses, beams, wires and swings connect one tripod to another. Below are several low ropes activities and team challenges to strengthen your problem solving and interpersonal skills.
The room also hosts an indoor archery range that we use in other experiential therapy sessions.
High Ropes Adventure
Our high ropes course has an incredible number of different elements. The main course is a series of thirty-nine climbing steps and challenges that take you from one giant tripod to the other. There is also a climbing wall, a zip line, and a giant swing.
Feelings of fear often underlie alcohol and drug addiction. We may turn to drugs to escape from something we are afraid of or because we are scared to face the world without it.
Our high ropes course helps you to challenge these fears. Climbing up a tripod and leaping from the top takes courage and bravery. You learn to believe in yourself and trust that you can overcome your fears without using drugs, and you realize that you have the strength to recover from addiction.
You will learn that you can rely on your recovery peers to keep you safe, understand how to communicate under pressure, and how to ask for help when you need it. This directly feeds into our 12-step ethos.
Low Ropes Challenges
The low ropes course is a series of challenges to practice your cognitive thinking and problem-solving skills. The course contains various team-based activities made from logs, bricks, blocks of wood, ropes, and boards.
In an experiential session, a professional therapist will give you a problem for your team to work through using these items. Success requires effectively using your problem-solving skills while supporting one another.
Our low ropes course helps you learn about honest and effective communication, build trusting relationships with others, and develop your social skills, all of which are fundamental to the recovery process. They help you heal relationships damaged by your addiction and develop the strong networks of mutual support necessary to maintain sobriety.