Ziplining has been used as a transportation method in countries with rugged terrain for years and often serves as a ‘bridge’ when water is part of the landscape. Today, ziplining offers a great upper body workout since your arms, abs, and back are heavily relied on to hold yourself upright and slow yourself down. It is also great fun and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina provide a wonderful backdrop for this exciting adventure activity.
Four Circles Recovery Center recently added ziplining to its extensive adventure program to continue to show clients that there is plenty of fun to be had while refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol. According to Dr. William Glasser, all behavior is purposeful and is our best attempt at meeting our basic human needs of survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun. It is within the need for fun that humans are able to find pleasure, and as we play, we are also learning about ourselves and important life skills.
“Learning to have fun in recovery is a vital component of the healing process. Adventure programing provides young adults with an opportunity to experience the levity they felt before they began to use drugs or alcohol”, explains Melanie Weis, PhD, LPC, LCAS, NCC, Program Director. “Ziplining also offers a healthy outlet for thrill-seeking desires.”