Blue Vase Recovery Center Treatment Plans

Recreational Therapy

WHAT IS Recreational Therapy:

In our expert opinion, we feel that recreational therapy plays a vital role in the recovery process. If the philosophy, “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.” Than why not create an environment where clients can find lasting connections. We believe that “social sobriety” needs to be at the forefront of therapy.

Our clients participate in recreational therapy outside of our facility. We are blessed with the White Mountains as our backdrop. Our clients benefit from the environment to achieve their recovery goals. Our recreational activities in the summer may include kayaking, fishing, frog gigging, hiking, archery, camping, disc golf, meditation, gardening, repelling, geocaching and outdoor sports. In the winter months, we hike, snow tube, bowl, sing karaoke, have bon-fires, camp and play cards.

In the end, the goal is to introduce creative ways to grasp long term sobriety. Attending a six-month treatment center is not easy. The daily grind of many effective treatment methods can hinder growth and traction. Recreational therapy does the opposite. It removes the client and staff from the office, from the group setting, from the individual setting and changes the environment. This type of therapy develops comradery, pushes the clients physical and mental limits. It allows the client to step out of his/her comfort zone and grow. In essence, recreational therapy clears the clutter and allows the client to see personal growth.

Recreation is a Form of Stress Relief

For those struggling or watching someone struggle with addiction know that stress is one of the biggest factors that lead to relapse. The stress of jobs, finances, relationships, bills, vehicles and any other stressor can cause the struggle to become a reason to use. It is a reoccurring cycle that plays out across America daily. Creating a healthy way to deal with these stressors becomes a focus of our program. Creating activities that place the client in a stressful situation enables them to work through the process of releasing stress in a positive manner.  It is a way to constructively decompress and develop the skills to cope with real life situations.

Stress often takes on a life form of itself. These stressors can be as simple as a broken phone, a flat tire, being tired, lonely or hungry. If we never learn how to cope with these feelings, then healing is impossible. If we never confront them, sobriety becomes the ever-elusive dream.

Whatever the source of stress, it can feel the same way to the brain and the body. If stress is present, an outlet is needed. Learning how and when to decompress is the process of recreational therapy.

When Recreational Activities become Social Activities

Most recovery services have a social component within their program. This is because as addicts we isolate ourselves and hide from the world. We systematically destroy close relationships, cut family ties and enter a world of lies and deception. I’ve heard that we are only “as sick as our secrets.” If this is true, then isolation and loneliness, are the ultimate destroyer.

For this reason, our activities take on the team approach. We believe that building a team is the first step to long term sobriety. Within our activities, we infuse fail safes and introduce social connections. While a solo journey has a therapeutic value, repelling introduces a team concept. It is not safe or advise to repel alone. In fact, it takes a team to make it to the bottom safe.

Recreation therapy Improves Physical Health and Wellness

Our clients wake up with a singular approach to the day. The Mantra is “It Will Be Done & I Will Do It.” Three days a week, we start the day at CrossFit Show Low. We are put through a rigorous workout that pushes boundaries and develops connections.

Addicts often complain that their muscles have atrophied and have either gained or lost significant weight.  These activities provides clients with an opportunity to release endorphins and improve circulation.

Our goal at Blue Vase Recovery Center is to provide the client with the best possible chance to obtain long term sobriety. These proven techniques allow the client to develop confidence, work through stressors and cope with daily life.

Recreational Therapies at Blue Vase Recovery center

We are not a one-dimensional recovery program. We use proven techniques that help the client find healing. Our staff is experienced addiction. We have also experienced sobriety so we know what helped us through our process. We use these techniques in the classroom, one on one involvements and during the recreational activities.

Recreational therapies work best in conjunction with others therapy services. Here are some of the other techniques used in our facility:

  • Group Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • 12-Steps Program

  • Life Skills Training

  • Behavioral Therapies

Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, Blue Vase Recovery Center is committed to improve
the lives of men living with the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

The programming helps lessen the adverse impact on the client, the families and society as a
whole and heal the addict. Blue Vase Recovery Center offers a six-month sober living
recovery program.

We believe the separation is in the preparation.
• We focus on developing a support team.
• Clients develop daily life-skills through recreational therapy.
• Clients learn how to combat triggers and cravings through cognitive development.
• Focus is placed on restructuring independence prior to exiting the program.
• Reintroduction into the work force.


Common Drug Addictions That We Address Are:

Opiates- Such as Heroin or Prescription Pills

Stimulants-Such as Cocaine and Methamphetamine

Cannibas- Such as Marijuana and Hash

Party Drugs-Such as Ecstasy (MDMA) and Ketamine

Hallucinogens- Such as LSD or Mushrooms.

These are only a hand full of the drugs that we deal with and that are out there on the streets. If you have any further questions about drugs that you believe a loved one may be doing please contact us.

Alcohol Treatment Center In Show Low, Arizona

The Twelve Step Program

“Alcohol is cunning, baffling, powerful” The twelve-step program follows a process of 12 effective steps to finally quit drug or substance dependency. The patient will have the opportunity to get a Sponsor who will help them effectively navigate through, and meditate on the 12 steps thoroughly. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar groups have proven repeatedly that this is another successful method in achieving sobriety. We may use the Twelve Step Program among other methods to help our alcoholic’s achieve sobriety.

Treatment Goes Deeper Than Just Addiction

What’s the root of the problem? We have to understand that Addicts are people too. NONE of them decided as a kid that they wanted to grow up and be an addict. Things happened along the way that changed that, so we do a wide range of therapy for more holistic healing. We get to the bottom of the problems and help our addicts address some issues that they may not even know were causing them trouble. Some of the most freeing experiences in our program are types of therapy that reach farther back then the current addictions. Ridding them of problems from a troubled past, or past experience.