Addiction to drugs and alcohol is based on dependence and represents a loss of power. In recovery, people with substance use disorders are best served when they can self-actualize as they begin what feels like an entirely new life – a life of sobriety. Addiction therapy programs that focus on resilience and inner strength are very effective. Adventure therapy does just that.

Mile High Recovery Center has an adventure therapy program in Denver, CO, that complements all the evidence-based therapies we offer to those seeking drug and alcohol recovery. Find out more about the specifics of our adventure therapy offerings by calling 303-268-2144 or using our online form to reach out.

Self-Esteem And Addiction

There are links between low self-esteem and addiction. People who devalue themselves have a poor outlook on their futures. They are often convinced that they lack the skill or grit to find solutions or create positive outcomes for themselves. Drugs and alcohol temporarily ease the anxiety and depression that accompany this worldview, and addiction is often the next step.

Those who once had healthy self-confidence will find that alcohol or drug dependence erodes it over time. How can an addiction treatment program help those with a bleak self-image and hopeless outlook regain their sense of possibility and empowerment?

In an adventure therapy program, you are faced with challenges to overcome and problems to master. While being supported and encouraged by guides, therapists, and peers, you tap into your own resourcefulness to triumph over any obstacles you face.

Adventure therapy

Adventure Therapy Program

In Mile High’s adventure therapy program in Colorado, you will be provided with numerous opportunities to develop tenacity and a healthy sense of self. An adventure therapy program can help you because it is predicated on the principles of a growth mindset, meaning that, despite your addiction, you really do hold the reins to your own development. Some of the benefits of adventure therapy include:

  • Develops your ability to focus
  • Creates physical and mental well-being
  • Promotes a positive and hopeful outlook
  • Relieves the psychological fatigue of drug or alcohol dependence
  • Promotes healthy and actionable goal setting
  • Helps you manage stress
  • Develops self-regulation
  • Provides an outlet for negative emotions and promotes coping mechanisms
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Reminds you of your own best qualities

Adventure therapy has been successful in helping those with both mental health and substance use disorders. If you have a dual diagnosis, adventure therapy, in conjunction with other evidence-based treatments, can provide a reduction in symptoms as well.

Learn More About The Addiction Therapy Program At Mile High Recovery Center

In addition to the experiential healing that comes with our adventure therapy program, a range of therapies at Mile High will provide you with the tools that will help you in your recovery.

Our staff of experienced and highly trained clinicians and addiction specialists guide you through your recovery from detox to extended aftercare and all the steps in between. Our list of treatments include:

  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Psychiatry and medication management
  • Equine therapy (another experiential treatment that aligns with adventure therapy)


Adventure therapy reduces stress levels–a good place to be when trying to leave substance use behind. When you experience adventure therapy, you move your body, are outdoors (in most cases), and access your inner resources. You learn that you can try and fail and be okay, and, most of all, realize that you can try and triumph and become familiar with the true you–the one who can achieve a life of sobriety and face any challenge that comes your way with confidence.

To learn more about our adventure therapy program and other pathways to recovery, reach out today at 303-268-2144 or complete our online form. Why wait? Let the adventure begin with Mile High Recovery Center.

Begin Outpatient Rehab at Mile High Recovery Center Today

In Denver’s City Center neighborhood, Mile High is here to help you thrive throughout the Denver Metro area. If you or someone you love is ready to take the next steps towards recovery, call us today at 303-268-2144 to learn more about our outpatient programs.