Positive use of leisure time enhances mental and emotional health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. When participating in recreation therapy services, residents discover hidden talents, understand the value of teamwork, and experience benefits of healthy leisure and recreation. They take part in planning activities and learn skills to make healthy decisions when they return home.

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As part of their Relapse Prevention Plan, residents examine their past leisure lifestyle choices, how their treatment issues affected their leisure, how their use of free time played a part in their current problems, and/or how recreation and leisure has been and can be an effective coping skill.

Residents and their families also participate in a recreation therapy group periodically while in our care. Goals for these groups are based on the resident's individual treatment goals. Frequency of sessions depends on the location of the family.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and Recreation Therapy Technicians lead and/or supervise recreation therapy, which helps residents manage symptoms of their illness.