Pure Life Outcomes Data Released
After 10 years of helping families using Adventure Therapy, Pure Life set out to research how its program affected alumni families over time and reached out to each alumni or their parents individually. The basis of the questionnaire was, did it work and are former students still using what they learned?
Parents of Pure Life’s alumni students had resoundingly positive feedback: 88% said Pure Life was life-changing for their child, 86% said the things their child learned at Pure Life continue to positively impact their child every day, and 89% said Pure Life was worth the financial investment. Parents also reported that their family stress went from very high on the distress scale, which indicated needing intervention, down to a normal level.
One alumni family shared this feedback, “Our son reflects back to what he learned at Pure Life often in making big decisions. He is more comfortable and committed to following his own heart. We felt he had a greater opportunity for a successful outcome due to how he developed at Pure Life. He often talks about the guides and his time in Costa Rica with gratitude.”
The team at Pure Life spoke to both of the alumni’s parents, as well as the each of alumni themselves. The feedback stated that 88% feel their time at Pure Life was life-changing, 75% say they use the skills they learned daily, and 83% said that given the choice they would choose to go to Pure Life again. The young adult alumni self-reported that their distress went from being in the “need intervention” category down to a normal level.
One alumnus said, “Pure Life provided the tools, reset, and time I needed to get a handle on the management of my ADHD, anxiety, and depression.”
While the results were overwhelmingly positive, it was noted there was a small percentage who didn’t have a good experience with adventure therapy. Only 7% of participants rated Pure Life at 1 or 2. However, these students had spent only 24 to 48 hours in the program. In other words, they were not the right fit for the program due to treatment resistance or underreporting upon admission.
It was also confirmed that certain populations are not a good fit for the Pure Life Adventure model, specifically people who struggle with severe personality disorders (i.e. histrionic, narcissistic, and borderline personality disorders), oppositional defiant disorder, and young people with active psychosis. Pure Life works to understand each potential client’s struggles and, if applicable, diagnosis before their arrival. Accurate reporting from families plays an important role in this process and is one of the keys to success at Pure Life.
The team at Pure Life looks forward to continuing its research and understanding how it can better serve young people and families who are seeking care.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure uses research-based techniques with integrated therapeutic models throughout its adventure therapy program. Based in Costa Rica, Pure Life’s adventure therapy program works with struggling adolescents and young adults to build self-efficacy and teach healthy coping strategies as well as behavioral and emotional regulation, leadership, and life skills that will allow participants to become independent, productive, and successful adults. For more information about Pure Life’s adventure therapy model and admission process, please visit http://www.purelifeadventure.com.