Westport House on Wednesday announced it reached an agreement with Bantam, Connecticut-based Adventure Recovery to develop an outdoor adventure therapy program designed to compliment and enhance the health and recreational activities that have proven to be core to our sober living model for young men.
Wilderness Therapy Program Activities
Adventure Recovery will facilitate day and multi-day off-site excursions, on a monthly basis, primarily for Westport House’s Phase I clients.
Activities will include:
- Rites of Passage
- Rock Climbing
- White Water Kayaking & Rafting
- Sea Kayaking
- Mountain Biking
“Adventure creates a unique bond in the client-coach relationship. By sharing risks and exposing ourselves to the wonder of the untamed outdoors: trust, teamwork, and authenticity are discovered,” said Tim Walsh, Founder of Adventure Recovery. “Once rapport is developed with the client, we explore deeper questions and the development of more personal goals.”
These excursions will also serve as opportunities for staff and program development. Adventure Recovery will identify, train, and supervise Westport House staff members that demonstrate the innate capacity and interest in outdoor leadership and work in conjunction with staff to create and facilitate all aspects of the model including the development of policies and procedures and staff training manuals.
“Combined with our structured environments and 12-step-based philosophy, this new component will support and enhance positive peer culture and interpersonal relationships, allowing our client’s to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their place in the world – a perception meant to influence them long after they’ve moved on from Westport House,” said Al Samaras, Executive Director and Founder of Westport House. “I’ve known Tim Walsh for many years. He’s a man who walks the walk, and there’s no one I trust more to help us develop this program. I’m looking forward to getting this initiative off the ground.”
About Adventure Recovery
Born from a passion for living an extraordinary recovery, Adventure Recovery is dedicated to helping others identify and live their passions. Adventure Recovery coaches are incredibly talented outdoor educators who are highly trained and experienced in substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery.
Each of their certified recovery coaches also holds certifications in advanced wilderness first aid or higher and additional specialized certifications in specific outdoor skills. They have years of practice as guides and mentors and proven track records of helping individuals achieve their goals. For more information, visit www.adventurerecovery.com.