Elizabeth, Colorado

Experiential Outdoor
Therapy in Colorado

Healing Pines is a men’s only addiction treatment and rehabilitation facility in Colorado that offers individualized wilderness therapy in many forms, including outdoor treatment. It is a non-judgmental center dedicated to helping men overcome their addictions and learn healthy ways to cope with their feelings through wilderness therapy programs.

At Healing Pines, everyone who walks in the door is treated as a unique individual with specific needs for recovery and rehabilitation. By being situated near Elizabeth, Colorado Springs, and Denver, Colorado, Healing Pines offers private and secluded rehabilitation conveniently located near family and friends.

Healing Pines’ outdoor therapy program distinguishes it from other rehabilitation facilities in and around Colorado. Here is more information about the Healing Pines wilderness therapy program and how it can help you or your loved one recover from substance abuse, addiction, and mental health issues through experiential education.

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Recover in the Mountains

What is Outdoor Therapy?

The term “outdoor therapy”  or “outdoor adventure” refers to rehabilitation and therapeutic practices in the natural outdoors.

Many people may anecdotally recognize the benefits of nature for healing. Walking outside on a bad day can instantly lift a person’s mood and make them happier and more hopeful. Outdoor therapy can be very helpful for people struggling with mental and behavioral issues.

This is backed up by scientific research, which shows that a wilderness program can improve one’s mental health and even reduce cravings in people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Many treatment centers may offer outdoor activities and therapy to help support people in their recovery journey. This form of treatment can help support a patient’s emotional and behavioral well-being.

Outdoor therapy includes a variety of activities and exercises that take place outside. Healing Pines is fortunate to be situated in beautiful Colorado, which features primarily sunny days, gorgeous scenery, and stunning mountain views. In addition, Healing Pines is located on 40 acres, which is enough to allow for outdoor activities, such as equine therapy (i.e., therapy with horses), hiking, disc golf, and more. 

People who attend Healing Pines can participate in solo outdoor therapy activities or do things with a group. Both options can benefit the healing process as participants discover new ways to fill their time without using substances.

In addition to allowing participants to reconnect with themselves and their peers, outdoor experiential therapy will enable people to reconnect with nature. Many of the men who came to Healing Pines lived an active life before their addiction took hold of them and robbed them of the activities they enjoyed doing alone or with friends. Through experiential outdoor experiences, participants can once again learn to love the outdoors and get reacquainted with Mother Nature in all her glory.

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What Can Experiential Outdoor Therapy Help With?

As mentioned above, experiential outdoor therapy can help participants reconnect with themselves, peers, and nature. In addition, this type of therapy can help with the following:

There is no limit to the types of conditions and disorders that can benefit from outdoor therapy. Research has shown that wilderness experience can particularly help people suffering from certain mental health conditions, which often coexist alongside substance abuse. 

Adventure therapy can help people work through a variety of mental and behavioral health challenges. 

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Experiential Outdoor Therapy at Healing Pines

Healing Pines sits on a beautiful 40-acre plot of land. It is full of hiking and mountain biking trails that allow participants to get into nature without running out of space. It also features a disc golf course, a pickleball court, and a basketball court. These sports allow participants to work together to play sports, solve problems, and build relationships that will last beyond an inpatient stay at Healing Pines.

In addition, Healing Pines features equine therapy. This program pairs participants with a horse. The participant is responsible for caring for their horse. 

Through this, the participant will build confidence and self-esteem as they care for another creature. They will be held accountable for their horse and must ensure that they stay on schedule.

Outdoor therapy at Healing Pines is designed to gently nudge participants out of their comfort zone. In some cases, participants will participate in outdoor challenges with other residential treatment program participants. 

This allows them to gain confidence as they successfully navigate new challenges, make new friends, and push themselves to accomplish things that would not be possible when they were using drugs or alcohol.

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What to Expect in a Colorado Outdoor Therapy Program

Experiential outdoor therapy is just one part of the Healing Pines Recovery program. In addition to participating in various individual and outdoor group activities, participants will engage in therapy sessions and 24-hour care to ensure they recover safely. 

Colorado provides a beautiful backdrop for experiential outdoor therapy. It has sunshine for 300 days of the year, making it an ideal place to attend outdoor treatment and recovery. 

Of course, the temperature changes with the seasons in Colorado. Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors, whether warm or cold. 

During the colder winter months, there are opportunities for the adventure therapy program like snow sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. 

During the warmer months of spring and summer, people can hike and mountain bike on the trails at Healing Pines. They can also enjoy playing disc golf and corn hole outdoors.

No matter the season, participants of Healing Pines Recovery should expect to engage in at least 1 – 2 outdoor activities daily. These activities may vary from one day to the next and from person to person. They are accompanied by continued therapy sessions and time for individual reflection as participants start to unpeel the layers of their lives and face the trauma that led to their addiction in the first place.

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The leadership and staff were committed to my success.

Paul is a man of integrity which flows through his team. I have been to other recovery programs and HPR stands far above them all. The small group structure offers a more intimate and personalized experience. This was so much more beneficial to my recovery than facilities preaching a "one-size-fits-all" solution to larger and fragmented groups. It was like having personal and knowledgeable therapists dedicated to me for a full month! They went out of their way to understand the root of my challenges and construct a path for improvement that is unique and relatable to me. This was a huge benefit!

Jay C

It saved my life, in every sense.

I spent a month at Healing Pines Recovery. The actual location itself is unreal. A beautiful cabin lodge, with gorgeous scenery. The rooms are large, queen beds, very comfortable! Great bathrooms with great showers! There is a pool table, slam jam, (Christine! 😉 frisbee golf, and daily access to a nearby gym. The property also has a pickle ball court that was used daily, Zoey the counselor beat us men constantly!

Clay M

My experience with Healing Pines Recovery has been wonderful.

My husband was their client, and they helped him be able to help himself. He is doing amazing! I think the combination of counseling, physical labor, meditation, AA, and just the beauty of the place itself all had a very positive impact on him. They really cared about him, and that did not stop just because he came home. Also they have counseling for the families and it has really helped me a lot. Heather is awesome! I thank God that we had them in our lives when we were most vulnerable.

Susan M

We wanted to share our gratitude to the staff.

Our son was under the care of Healing Pines recently and we wanted to share our gratitude to the staff. There were many challenges in his pursuing treatment, and thankfully Paul and Heather C helped us navigate all of them skillfully with patience and compassion.

Jim E

You'll get your life back!

Healing Pines Recovery is/was instrumental in setting me up for long term success in my recovery journey. I've been to treatment centers in the past and HPR is nothing like anything I've attended before. They're very small, intimate, and hands-on approach to recovery was exactly what I was looking for when seeking treatment. I knew that a large, one size fits all program like those offered by many other treatment centers in Colorado wouldn't provide me with the help I desperately needed. Paul and his Team are incredible and I would highly recommend HPR to anyone who needs help starting their recovery journey. Big shout out to James for all of his guidance during my time at HPR. His grace, knowledge, understanding, and direction were/are key to my continued success in recovery. One HUGE piece of the puzzle I love is the after care I've received from HPR... I am in constant contact with Paul, James, and many other staff members through the their alumni programs and it has helped me so much with life after HPR. This program was truly a miracle in my life and I know it will be for many other men struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism. You'll get your life back!

Nicholas P

This is truly a great recovery facility.

My learning experience here was something I’ll take with me throughout my whole life. The staff here will always be a part of my family and I am beyond thankful for everything they have done and continue to do for my well-being.

Gunnar P

I can't speak more highly of Healing Pines Recovery & Addiction Center.

It is located in a beautiful Colorado location with lots of outdoor activities and fresh air. They have a very knowledgeable and professional staff that goes above and beyond to meet your needs.

Riley K

I couldn’t have been at a more amazing place to begin this journey.

Seriously an amazing place. Everything from how beautiful the house and the property it sits on down to every person staffed there was nothing less than perfect. More than highly recommended in every sense. If you’re reading this and trying to find the right place for treatment and recovery I would absolutely look no further. Everyone’s recovery is different and we all need a comfortable place with people we can trust through this battle, healing pines understood that everyone’s path is different and they 100% cater to that. I couldn’t have been any luckier with finding Healing Pines. I won’t go any deeper and start to thank everyone there individually, But I want to express my gratitude to everyone on the HEALING PINES TEAM. Without you all, my path in sobriety would not look anywhere near the way it looks today. Seriously from the bottom of my heart thank you!

James M

Prepare for an Experience at Healing Pines Recovery in Colorado

If you or a loved one is looking for a welcoming place to recover from a substance abuse addiction, consider Healing Pines Recovery. Our all-men’s treatment program is designed to help men reconnect with themselves by reconnecting with nature. We offer individualized care in a beautiful setting. 

Please contact us today to learn more about Healing Pines Recovery or to schedule a visit.

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