Experiential Therapy

At Northbound, we take advantage of the healing properties of experiential therapy to provide stimulating and fun ways for our clients to continue their path to sobriety.

In recovery, as in life, activities and experiences can be a great teacher. At Northbound, we take advantage of the healing properties of experiential therapy to provide stimulating and fun ways for our clients to continue their path to sobriety.

We value the importance of experiential therapy methods as a substantial form of treatment for our clients. When combined with other forms of treatment, those suffering from addiction (or addiction with a co-occurring disorder) begin to develop stronger self-esteem, self-confidence, new perspectives and teamwork skills. The goal of our experiential treatment program is to provide our patients with those skills and coping tools that will aid in their successful recovery. Some of the experiential therapy programs that we offer at Northbound include:

    • Equine Therapy
    • Therapeutic Activities
    • Sober Fun
    • Alumni Interactions
    • Men’s and Women’s Experiential Therapy Groups

* Please note that while many of these activities are incorporated into the overall cost, some will incur an additional fee.

Especially important is Northbound’s Sober Fun program, where clients learn how to enjoy themselves without using. We strongly believe that the Orange County environment paired with the many fun and invigorating activities that can be enjoyed here can help eliminate stress, address personal goals and show clients how rewarding sobriety can be. We find that it is crucial for those in recovery to learn how to have fun in sobriety and find the “natural highs” of life. It is also important to learn how to manage the emotions associated with having fun. For a number of our clients this can be a challenge.

experimental surfing 300x168 Experiential Therapy  photoWe strongly believe in connecting our current clients with our alumni community, as we feel that these interactions can result in truly exceptional learning experiences and are therapeutic in their own right. Northbound provides regular opportunities for these meetings, allowing current patients to continue to develop their overall sobriety through the help of others.

The Northbound Client and Alumni Services is run by Jason Wahler and offers recovery support to our clients. In addition, our client advocates are there for our clients every step of the way and assist the treatment team in orienting our clients to the program and leading many of our activities. This program helps to facilitate the client’s entrance into the 12-step maintenance program of the client’s choice and demonstrate that there is fun to be had in sobriety. With these examples and such a strong network of support, it is no wonder that so many Northbound clients go on to successful long-term health and sobriety.