What is ESM Therapy?

ESM is the Latin abbreviation for Exercitium Semita Medela or Exercise as a Pathway to Healing. ESM is an intense and effective form of therapy, created at Tree House Recovery (Orange County, CA), that assists individuals in their recovery from substance abuse. ESM is a highly structured and fast paced circuit and weight training hybrid. ESM takes place five days a week. ESM utilizes research proven methods of exercise coupled with various motivational strategies that go beyond the norm of traditional measures of treatment, combining to offer our clients a tried and true pathway that carries into healthier ways of thinking and living.

ESM results:

• Better Sleep
• Reduced Anxiety & Depression
• Lessened Stress Sensitivity
• Improved Thinking

Why ESM to Treat Addiction?

ESM was developed at THR in order to combat and lessen the severity of the symptoms of PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome), which has crippling effects for addicts newly entered into sobriety. While ESM offers significant physiological responses in individuals, it offers positive psychological shifts as well – including improved self esteem, feelings of accomplishment, and reduction of anxiety, stress, and depressions.

“ESM pushed me past my limits. It helped me grow mentally and into the physically empowered man I am today.” –
Peter L., Graduate

Ryan Bain

ESM Director

Ryan is a former Division 1 athlete who earned All American Honors as both a football player and wrestler. After years of dedicating his life to self-improvement and building a sound foundation of sobriety, Ryan now uses his personal experience, background in athletics and education in sociology to help others. Today Ryan is the developer of ESM, THR’s fitness therapy program, and oversees all our fitness therapy staff.