NorthStar Transitions offers an extensive experiential therapy and wellness program to clients enrolled in addiction treatment services. The experiential therapy and wellness program is on-going throughout all levels of care (residential-outpatient).

The Benefits of Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is designed to take clients out of their element and get them to engage with their peers and therapist through authentic interactions that may not otherwise happen in traditional group therapy. Experiential therapy breaks down a client’s walls and allows them to practice a skill or learn a concept through an experience rather than a facilitated group or lecture.

During and after each experiential therapy activity, clients process the activity with the therapist facilitating the exercise and the other group participants. Processing the activity allows clients the opportunity to further highlight and discuss the concepts and skills being learned and to learn from each others experience and insights.

Skills Clients May Utilize

  • Asking for help
  • Trust
  • Persevering through fear
  • Providing positive feedback
  • Listening to positive feedback
  • Teamwork
  • Self-confidence
  • Relying on others

Examples of Experiential Therapy Activities





Health and Wellness

NorthStar Transitions also offers general wellness programming. The purpose of our general wellness program is to help clients develop healthy habits and routines while in addiction treatment. Research has demonstrated that exercise and healthy diet are highly correlated with

  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Decreased cravings for drugs and alcohol
  • Increased self-confidence

NorthStar helps to instill exercise and healthy eating habits in our clients lives while they are still in addiction treatment so that they continue to use those tools to help regulate their mood long after they have have completed our program.

Examples of Health & Wellness Activities

Clients in NorthStar’s residential addiction treatment program are required to participate in the wellness program. Clients at Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient levels of care are encouraged but not required to participate in wellness programming.

Client Gym Access

Staff facilitated workouts

Staff facilitated hikes

On-site & off-site yoga

Group meal planning & cooking

Healing Starts Today

At NorthStar Transitions, we know how drug and alcohol use can negatively affect your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we can help. Reach out today to find the support you need to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. You can get in touch by calling us at 866-407-2240 or completing our online contact form.

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