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Royal Life Centers offers several guest-centered experiential/expressive therapies to guests to promote healing through creativity. As an alternative to more traditional group and individual therapy, these approaches encourage new modes of thinking by exercising different parts of the brain and tend to be more hands-on. A foundational concept of experiential therapy is the idea that perception informs behavior, and this form of therapy is often used to uncover and break down repressed emotions.

Activity therapy, which might include art, music, and journaling for therapeutic purposes, is a form of experiential therapy and one of the more relaxed components of our holistic approach to therapy at Royal Life Centers. Our adventure and equine-assisted therapies can also be considered experiential.

Activity Therapy

Our Activity Therapies

Art Therapy

Art therapy, such as painting, sculpting, and other forms of visual art, promotes expression of unconscious feelings and thoughts and can facilitate self-discovery. Physiological emotions may manifest in artwork, which can relieve stress and help guests to manage anxiety and visualize new patterns of thought and emotion. Additionally, research shows that art therapy can be instrumental in treating disorders that co-occur with substance use disorder, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.


Journaling can be very effective in helping to treat substance use disorder, as writing down feelings and thoughts helps guests to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and cope with depression. Additionally, recording emotions on paper, because it reduces their emotional intensity, helps guests to discover themselves while staying strong in their recovery efforts. Journaling provides the opportunity for introspective reflection as well, as guests are able to look back on their thoughts and feelings and uncover patterns.

Music Therapy

The connection between music and emotions can be a powerful one which is why Royal offers multiple music therapy courses. We offer several seminar-style music groups through topics such as musical healing, that guests might experience the music-induced emotional release for themselves. Sober Studios is an additional music therapy course in which guests participate in writing, recording, and producing their own unique music. Guest’s in our Tribal Healing Program take part in music therapy as they join in on drum circles where they can express themselves through culturally-based music traditions.

Movement Therapy

At Royal Life Centers, we also believe in the power of movement therapy, which is why we offer mind- and body-balancing activities like yoga. Yoga is a great way to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your daily routine and has been found to relieve stress, increase self-reflection and self-awareness, promote healthier exercise and eating habits, foster emotional healing, and improve overall health and wellness.

Yoga may actually help the brain rebuild and rewire following neuronal disruptions caused by substance use.

Activity Therapy

At Royal Life Centers, we believe intensive therapies are key to a complete healing process. Recovery is enriched and strengthened with each therapeutic opportunity taken. Because of this, we encourage guests to participate in therapeutic experiences that work best for them. Self-discovery is all part of the recovery process, which is why we feature therapies that allow guests to find meaning in activities that will ultimately help them stay sober and find meaning in their lives.

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