International Rehab Holdings LLC
Vancouver Adventure Therapy is a private rehab located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver Adventure Therapy specializes in the treatment of mental health, substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

Vancouver Adventure Therapy Focus:

Alcoholism Treatment Center

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

What does Vancouver Adventure Therapy offer?

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CMT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Vancouver Adventure Therapy Highlights:

Many parents are concerned about their young person’s journey to self-actualize. This means they are concerned that their young person is not moving forward in their life and may be stuck by various problems. This may include low-motivation to actualize any social, vocational, educational, or recreational pursuits. In fact, many parents note that their child is not pursuing “anything.” Adventure therapy can assist young people to become more connected to their hopes and dreams for themselves.
Examples of activities: Ropes courses, Hiking/trekking, Sea kayaking, Rock climbing, Biking, Paddle boarding, Dragonboating, Zip lining.
Individual therapy can give young people the opportunity to further reflect on the change they are making and to further anticipate/explore struggles that may hold them back from the change they want.
Vancouver Adventure Therapy believes that family work is often vital for the change and recovery of young people. VAT encourages parents to meet with a therapist in order to help create a plan that will support the change being made in the group therapy process.
Vancouver Adventure Therapy also invite families to engage in family therapy with their young person in order to move towards working together as a team against the ‘problem’ that has been showing up.
Alongside the adventure component, VAT therapists are skilled at group therapy facilitation. Group therapy provides young people with the opportunity to explore areas of their lives that will help them move towards freedom from problems and taking more responsibility in their lives. Every outing contains a group therapy component, usually facilitated at the destination of that days adventure. Group therapy provides teenagers and young adults the opportunity to hear other people’s stories which helps to understand their own experience while also offering support to others (an action that can be very helpful in reducing the effects of problems).
Vancouver Adventure Therapy believes that activity is vital to change and recovery. Many problems, such as addictive gaming, substances misuse, isolation, depression and anxiety get in the way of young people becoming active and developing the skills needed to get involved in their community. In fact, many young people find that they don’t really know how to have “fun” and find themselves bored – making them more vulnerable to becoming further entrenched in the struggle they are facing.
For many young people, the struggle they are facing is a response to not having the skills necessary to become active agents in their lives.
Depression and anxiety are both crippling problems in people’s lives. By cutting people off from all hope, inspiration, motivation and energy, depression and anxiety work by holding people back from any progress, the very thing that can assist them in finding freedom. Countless people who have consulted VAT state that they notice a huge change in their relationship to depression and/or anxiety when they begin to get active.
The activities they are doing often help to invite hope, inspiration, motivation and energy into their lives.