Rivers of Recovery provides wounded veterans a unique rehabilitative treatment utilizing techniques that are both enjoyable and effective for our participants.
Rivers of Recovery specializes in the rehabilitation of combat veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), stress, anxiety and depression.
Our program, which combines outdoor recreational activities with instruction on the self-treatment of symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety, empowers veterans to live a life that is no longer restricted by psychological or physical disabilities.
Rivers of Recovery is an enjoyable, cost-effective, medically proven and sustainable treatment, requiring a one-time cost of $2,500 per veteran (provided free of charge to participants), as compared to two-year maintenance costs between $5,904-$32,759 as administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
400,000 to 600,000 Iraq & Afghanistan veterans are estimated to suffer from psychological injuries. Another 320,000 suffer from probable Traumatic Brain Injury.
Each Rivers of Recovery trip hosts six to ten combat veterans on a four-day, science-based, experiential rehabilitation program that focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, talk therapy in a relaxed, positive environment and proven techniques on the self-management of symptoms, stressors and responses. Through fly fishing, instruction increases self-confidence, skill-improvement builds empowerment, and achievement facilitates enthusiasm and resiliency. During the fishing day, participants apply newfound skills on the river, demonstrate ability and build confidence. The social interaction among participants reinforces a sense of success, empowerment and a reconnection to self.
All fishing is done with professionally licensed guides from specially designed drift boats. The program is low-impact, requires very little walking and does not require participants to get wet.
Through philanthropic contributions, Rivers of Recovery trips are free to the participant, with $2,500 covering airfare, lodging, guiding/instruction, meals and research study.