Activity-Based Therapy

Shadow Mountain Recovery Activity-Based Therapy (ABT)

At Shadow Mountain Recovery, we understand how important activity-based recovery (ABT) is during the addiction recovery process. Activity-based therapy allows patients to explore themselves and the path to recovery on their own terms, which speeds up the process and helps make recovery last a lifetime. This is why all of our locations provide a variety of ABT therapy options to all patients.

What Is ABT and How Does It Work?

Activity-based therapy involves the patient expressing and exploring themselves in ways that do not require words. Speaking one-on-one with a therapist is one form of self-expression and exploration, and ABT is another. Music, arts and crafts, sports and writing are all effective forms of ABT. Patients are allowed and encouraged to find a creative outlet to help them during the process of recovery.

When someone is going through recovery, it is very natural to experience strong emotions. Anger, sadness, frustration, exhaustion and even aggression are all part of the recovery process. Addiction recovery is very mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting, and ABT serves as a healthy outlet for strong emotions. It allows recovering addicts the chance to express themselves and cope with the stress of recovery without using drugs or alcohol.

Providing ABT to Our Patients

Each of our locations offers similar forms of ABT to our patients, most of which are outdoor- and art-based activities.

Spring Branch, Texas

  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Swimming pool
  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Mile-long scenic trail surrounding the campus

Taos, New Mexico

  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Basketball court
  • Easy access to gorgeous local hikes
  • Wood shop
  • Winter sports (snowboarding, skiing, etc) on the property
  • Equine therapy

Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Art room
  • Game room

Benefits of ABT

Activity-based therapy therapy can offer many unique benefits during addiction treatment. For example, consider the following advantages this therapeutic tool can offer:

Growth in Independence

Those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction often lose independence. In fact, they may come to rely heavily on others to accomplish basic tasks. Therapeutic recreation can impart vital skills that help people to become more in charge of their life overall.

Social and Motor Skills Improvement

Since many therapeutic recreation activities are physical in nature, they help improve important motor skills that may have been affected by drug abuse. Therefore, these skills can improve the person’s ability to perform other important tasks.

Moreover, social skills are often severely lacking in people struggling with an addiction. Therapeutic recreation programs provide the perfect setting for engaging in fun activities with others. This can foster the development of communication skills and trust-building efforts.

Lower Incidences of Depression and Anxiety

Physical activity and close association with others helps prevent the development of depression and anxiety. Therefore, engaging in therapeutic recreation activities can boost an individual’s mood in the long run.

Overall Functioning Improvements

In some cases, engaging in the tasks of daily life can prove to be too much for someone going through the struggles of addiction. Therapeutic recreation, however, can help develop hobbies and skills that improve their overall quality of life. As a result, they may experience greater fulfillment in life and more meaningful relationships with other people.

Relapse Prevention

A relapse is something that is feared by almost every person who goes through addiction treatment. Statistically speaking, those who develop the skills of therapeutic recreation often have lower incidences of relapse.


If you or a loved one has realized they need to seek addiction treatment, or you need some help to persuade them, give Shadow Mountain Recovery a call today. We have experienced staff to help combat addiction to any drug, and we specialize in holistic treatment of the mind, body, and spirit.

If you or a loved one needs an individualized treatment plan to help with addiction, call Shadow Mountain Recovery today: 800-203-8249.

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