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A 45-year-old member asked:

if you were to go to recreational therapy for substance abuse and mental health, what types of activities would you engage in?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Well...: One theory is that addicts have forgotten how to enjoy life without drugs and have to be taught how to engage in enjoyable pro social activities. Often recreational therapy is adjunctive to more mainstream therapy. Possible activities are almost limitless.

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