Sober College Swings into Action with Trapeze Therapy Drug Treatment Program

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Individuals entering the drug treatment program walk a high wire and attain other circus acrobatic skills, such as jumping on a large trampoline, learning to overcome fears and incorporate new life skills that will help them prepare to face uncomfortable situations in life. It is a drug rehab program designed to give them a sense of accomplishment, states Sober College Executive Director Loree Cohen.

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Once they can move through this challenge it is an opportunity for them to increase both self esteem and confidence. Over the past summer we have included both surf and wind-tunnel activities in our students schedules and are thrilled with the new addition of trapeze. Our students just love it!

Sober College announced a new therapeutic addition to their drug treatment curriculum this month with Trapeze Therapy. The Richie Gaona Trapeze School, located just two miles from campus, allows individuals to walk a high wire, jump on a large trampoline and learn circus acrobatic skills. Many of Hollywood's stuntmen additionally train at Richie Gaona's school in preparation for an upcoming movie role.

"This type of experiential event allows Sober College students to experience the joys of sobriety in real life situations," began Loree Cohen, LCSW and executive director of the alcohol and drug treatment center. "Through this kind of therapy, students are allowed to feel what it is like to let go and trust a power greater than themselves. Not only does it provide the opportunity for them to feel like they have overcome something, it is a challenge that allows the students to process the feeling of accomplishment."

Before beginning their own personal flight, the students are strapped in safety harnesses and briefed on the rules and regulations of the school for the new drug rehab program. They continue with a quick ground lesson on a mini trapeze bar so that they could learn safe and correct posture for the activity.

"I am a bit nervous, but as long as I don't look down I think I will be OK," stated Jimmy S., one of the participants in the alcohol and Drug rehab program. "Besides, there is a net there to catch me if I fall."

"By not resorting back to old patterns and moving through their fears the students get to incorporate new life skills to prepare them for uncomfortable situations they will face in life," states Rick Macrory, CADC, Primary Counselor for the alcohol and drug treatment center. "Once they can move through this challenge it is an opportunity for them to increase both self esteem and confidence. Over the past summer we have included both surf and wind-tunnel activities in our students schedules and are thrilled with the new addition of trapeze. Our students just love it!"

About Sober College:
Sober College, headquartered in Southern California, is a small private institution providing alcohol and drug treatment environments for young adults age 17 to 26. The Sober College curriculum builds core competencies in life skills, employment, academics, emotional well-being and fitness. For further information about Sober College or its new drug rehab program, visit the website at http://www.sobercollege.com or call 800-465-0142.

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