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Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Many clients come to Beaches Recovery with emotional and mental health issues along with their addiction. Therefore, Beaches Recovery offers many experiential therapies with Equine Therapy being one of the most popular.
Equine therapy provides a unique experience for individuals and groups. Through direct connection with a horse, a client is able to explore life issues, enhance insight and develop personal goals. The horse is the focus for this experiential approach. By utilizing the strength, intuition, and expressiveness of the horse participants develop their own methods for transition. The horse’s responsive presence provides feedback and reflection for the participant. Equine Therapy provides a safe and active environment to explore solutions to life changes. Areas of focus for Equine therapy can include: Trust, coping skills, self-esteem, depression, grief, loss, anger, team building and self-harm behaviors.
Horse therapy is often conducted as a group. Each individual participant in the group will have a moment with the horse, with the group then gaining insight into the horse’s reaction to the individual. This opens up dialogue about deep fears and concerns that clients are often unaware exist within themselves until they work with a horse.
Horses have an innate ability to calm angry people, instill pride of achievement in those who are fearful and open communication for people who are bottling their feelings. At first, many clients are apprehensive about horses due to their size. But once clients realize that horses mirror our behaviors without judgment of any kind, the relationship with the horse becomes one of the most rewarding and honest relationships that clients will ever experience. From horses, clients learn how to have honest human relationships in the future and gain insight into how their own nature effects closeness to others and personal growth in themselves.
It has been said that clients can mislead their therapist. However, a horse can only see truth. Through equine-assisted therapy, both therapist and clients can see the truth of emotional and behavioral issues each client possesses. This helps overcome barriers to recovery and enables clients to develop necessary life skills and personal attributes for a productive life.
To treat addiction fully and with lasting results, use all of the resources available to you. At Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, Equine Therapy is just one of the therapies used in treating clients. Call 866-274-9281 today to learn more about getting on the track to recovery from addiction.