Who would have thought that Paddleboard Therapy could be a tool proven to be effective for substance abuse treatment? Also known as Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Therapy, this adventure-based method has become increasingly popular over the years; according to a Special Report on Paddlesports by The Outdoor Foundation (2015), stand-up paddleboarding has exploded in popularity since 2010, with a marked 3 million increase from 2010 to 2014. It combines nature and yoga, where you get your cardiovascular workout and balance training as you bask in the warmth of the sun on calm waters.
SUP Therapy is a form of holistic experiential therapy for mind-body interventions, which is one of five domains in complementary and alternative healthcare and medical (CAM) practices, according to an article published in The International Journal of Health Sciences. Adjunct holistic modalities are used in conjunction with clinical evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). When conventional face-to-face therapeutic interventions don’t work, clients get to choose the form of holistic therapy that seems most appealing, and in recent years, Paddleboard Therapy has become one of the most sought-after modalities in addiction treatment.
When a therapist works with clients in a nontraditional setting like doing yoga exercises on a paddleboard, the therapist gets an opportunity to observe how clients respond to their surroundings. If paddleboarding is a new experience for clients, they literally get to test the waters while they are trying to learn something new and overcome their anxiety at the same time. SUP Therapy, like other types of experiential therapy, builds confidence in individuals when they manage to achieve their goals and gain new skills. Listed below are just a few of the many benefits of Paddleboard Therapy:
In many drug and alcohol treatment settings, patients only receive clinical care for their substance use disorders, but that’s where the treatment ends. After medical detoxification, treatment providers release their clients who are likely to relapse if they are not dealing with the contributing factors that created the condition for addiction.
Holistic modalities like SUP Therapy open doors to new discoveries that clients might otherwise not have known and such discoveries lead to self-awareness, resulting in more meaningful recovery and sustainable sobriety. Unlike most addiction detox facilities, New Method Wellness is a premier dual diagnosis treatment center which integrates evidence-based practices and holistic therapies to give you comprehensive care for the body, mind, and spirit.