The Recreational Therapy Program At Little Creek Recovery

Using Exercise To Build Relationships On Trust And Respect

According to The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, recreational therapy is a form of therapy that uses activities as well as activity-based interventions to help specific needs of people going through substance abuse recovery. Essentially, this type of therapy can remind someone that fun is achievable through other means that do not include drugs or alcohol.

In addition, therapy is beneficial for someone going through substance abuse recovery for a wide spectrum of reasons. After all, the United States Department of Labor asserts that there are over 19,000 recreation therapists in the country today. That staggering figure alone should be enough proof that it does indeed provide a therapeutic purpose that other treatments can’t fulfill.


One benefit of recreational therapy is just that it provides people going through recovery something fun to do. Weeks and months of lectures and group discussions can become tiresome. Clubs and sports and adventures in nature will make any day more fun.


Drug addiction may begin in a social setting, but eventually, all substance abusers become isolated. This type of therapy can remind someone how to interact with teammates or club members.

Physical Health

Instead of sitting in a chair all day, recreational therapy challenges individuals to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Participating in rock climbing, tennis, or just a walk through the park will improve one’s health immeasurably.

Enjoy Life

Substance abusers have learned that the only way to be satisfied is by consuming their drug of choice. As a result, substance abusers sadly discover that nothing else in life matters. recreational therapy teaches people in substance abuse recovery how to live a fun and healthy lifestyle.

Benefits Of Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy contributes to improved self-confidence and mood while sharpening mental acuity. It promotes a healthy appetite and proper weight maintenance and increases memory while reducing stress. One of the most significant benefits of regular recreation is that it facilitates relationship building by improving a person’s self-esteem. It also improves coordination, teaches new skills, reduces feelings of loneliness, and so much more.

Some of the activities we explore, and trips we attend, with our residents include:

  • YMCA
  • Archery
  • Bowling
  • Driving Ranges
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Minor League Baseball Games
  • Minor League Hockey Games
  • Alumni Softball Games
  • Snowboarding/Skiing
  • Ropes Course
  • Go Karting

On-Site Amenities:

  • Running Track
  • Full Weight Room
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Full Court Basketball
  • Organic Garden
  • Soundproof Recording Studio
  • Ping Pong Tables
  • Pool Table
  • Hiking Trails

Little Creek Lodge and Shane’s House residents can utilize our on property amenities.

How Is Recreational Therapy Different From Other Forms of Substance Abuse Treatment?

Recreational therapy allows individuals in substance abuse recovery to develop skills necessary in leisure activities. As a result, these same individuals learn to appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Other forms of therapy focus on improving skills that are essential for everyday living. 

Physical therapy and occupational therapy articulate a single goal at a time. Someone going through physical therapy, for example, maybe tasked with strengthening their body or gaining weight. On the other hand, this type of therapy focuses on a wider spectrum of goals. Recreation therapy is intended to help those going through recovery enjoy life while doing so by interacting with other people.  

What Are The Clinical Outcomes Of Recreational Therapy?

Notwithstanding, the apparent benefits that recreational therapy offers to individuals going through substance abuse recovery, therapy can improve a significant number of health outcomes.


Recreational therapy can enhance someone’s memory, attention span, and perception. It can make someone more alert and aware of their surroundings.

Physical Health

Although the health benefits of recreational therapy have already been illustrated, it can also improve someone’s motor skills, cardiovascular functions, agility, and strength.


By living a healthy lifestyle, recreational therapy improves one’s appearance, which in effect, will boost one’s self-worth and decrease depression. By interacting with others, it can improve someone’s verbal communication as well as their social skills.

Helping Individuals Work On Their Mind, body, And Soul

It is amazing what some fresh air, sunshine, and team-building exercises can do for a man on his path to recovery. If you have questions about Little Creek Lodge’s recreational therapy program, please call 570-630-9354, or fill out our contact form.

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Little Creek Lodge
359 Easton Turnpike
Hamlin, PA 18427