One of our popular therapeutic programs at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is our fly fishing therapy program. At Stonewater, we have access to fishing on our campus. When you come to our recovery center, you’ll see that we have a picturesque lake on our property, which is perfect for fly fishing. Then, our residents can connect to both nature and our other residents. They can catch a variety of fish in our lake as they learn how to overcome their substance use. To learn more about our substance use treatment programs, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center.
What is a Fly Fishing Therapy Program?
Our fly fishing therapy program is part of our experiential therapy options. During the fly fishing program, you will fish with either one therapist or a group of people and a therapist. During this time, you’ll learn more about yourself and begin the healing process of recovery.
Many people have a false belief that fishing is a tedious activity. They think that a person sits in a boat or on shore, just waiting for a fish to nibble at the bait. However, that’s far from the truth. This program is an excellent addition to a substance use treatment program because it offers many mental and physical benefits.
Benefits of a Fly Fishing Therapy Program
Fishing is a relaxing and enjoyable activity, during which you connect with nature and enjoy the excitement of catching a fish. There are a range of mental and physical benefits of a fly fishing therapy program for people who are healing from substance use.
One benefit of a fly fishing therapy program is that it gives your entire body a workout. For instance, casting the line works the muscles in your hands, wrists, upper arms, forearms, and shoulders. Conversely, wading into the water can exercise your legs and back. After a period of substance use, when your teen may not have paid much attention to their physical health, this exercise is excellent.
Additionally, this treatment program can relieve stress. Anytime a person is in nature, they feel calm, and it lowers their stress levels. As a result, the person can sleep better and decrease their anxiety and depression. This practice gives your teen an alternative to drugs or alcohol for stress relief after they leave Stonewater.
Moreover, our fly fishing therapy program challenges your teen’s mind and gives them a mental escape. Fishing requires a person to focus, think critically and creatively, and develop a strategy to reel in the fish. In short, this practice requires our residents to focus on something outside of themselves, which reduces cravings. It also delays the patterns of instant gratification, which is part of the problem of substance use.
Finally, our fly fishing therapy program is an activity that our residents can do alone or in a small group. This versatility means that our team can work with our teens’ needs. If one teen needs to relearn how to be around other people, this program can help them do that. However, if the teen needs time to work things out in their mind, this program can help them achieve this as well.
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At Stonewater, we’re committed to helping teen boys overcome their substance use. In addition to our fly fishing therapy program, we also provide a range of other treatments, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Experiential therapy
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy