Driven to Extremes is an organisation that supports military veterans suffering from PTSD by giving them the opportunity to lead or take part in challenging vehicle expeditions around the world. It is managed by the team from Max Adventures, a company with over 25 years experience leading expeditions in the most extreme environments on the planet. We have operated in temperatures from -60 to +50 degrees Celsius and at altitudes all the way up to the summit of Everest, working with a range of high profile brands and adventurers.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by traumatic events that are often relived through nightmares and flashbacks. This has a huge impact on quality of life and can lead to depression and, in some cases, suicide. PTSD is common in military personnel returning from theatre, leaving them with feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. We aim to aid their recovery by offering them the opportunity to take part in life-changing adventures to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. The ultimate aim of Driven to Extremes is not only to help veterans with their recovery, but also to provide them with employment organising and leading adventure tours for paying customers. If you are a military veteran with diagnosed PTSD and would like to get involved in one of our expeditions, please get in contact!
Activities like polar trekking or Atlantic rowing can allow for too much thinking time, whereas vehicle expeditions are fast-paced, often crossing whole continents in a matter of days. This relentless speed ensures that the veterans are immersed in new experiences and rapidly changing environments, keeping their minds constantly occupied. By setting clear goals and working in close-knit teams, our expeditions offer the veterans the opportunity to build confidence, develop leadership skills and have an enjoyable experience with individuals from a similar background. The adventure, camaraderie and sense of achievement helps provide them with a new focus to aid their ongoing recovery.