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Sailaday OK Book

Sailaday OK
A true story of recovery from addictions through marine-based adventure psychotherapy

A journey from addiction to recovery

Sailaday Ok as an inspiring story of the author's personal narrative of overcoming addictions, and his professional journey of helping others heal and the creation of the charity Sailaday OK. In 2016 Richard was awarded the BEM, the British Empire Medal, ‘For services to Adventure Therapy and addiction services in the south west UK.’

Through his own experiences with trauma and addiction recovery, Richard embarks on a personal and professional journey that leads to the creation and implementation of a therapeutic sailing program that incorporates marine-based adventure therapy.

The book provides the story of how this program developed and the impact it had on participants' self-concept, resilience, and self-esteem.

In reading the story of the author's personal evolution, and the concurrent evolution of this innovative adventure therapy program, one cannot help but be buoyed by a sense of optimism and hope that outdoor experiential therapy may offer respite from the often intractable pain of addiction. Blending personal narratives, theory and research, this book will be useful for both clients and practitioners looking for options beyond talk therapy and the medical model of addictions treatment.
Dr Christine Norton
Dr. Christine Lynn Norton, LCSW, CCAT, CCTP, CET
Professor, Texas State University School of Social Work Research Scientist, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center 
Going out to sea is always an adventure, it can be challenging even on a calm day, and there is no doubt that the sea offers nothing less that pure unforgiving wilderness. The author masterfully navigates between taking care of himself, the boat, and the others on board: their journeys are wonderful metaphors and honest explorations of the essence of both adventure and eco-therapy. 

If you are curious about how connections with others, with oneself, and with nature can be healing then do read this. It is as honest and as raw as the sea itself. This is a powerful journey inwards as much as one out to sea where the smallest of things can make the biggest difference. 
This book should be essential reading for anyone using nature in their therapeutic practice.
Dr Stephan Natynczuk
Dr. Stephan Natynczuk, D. Phil., MSC, MBA, LPIOL, MNCS (Accred), FRSA
Outdoor Learning and Adventure Therapy Specialist