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Horse therapy is a good option for people struggling with psychological disorders. You frequently see children with autism and ADHD participate in this treatment. But did you know that equine assisted therapy also works well for people in addiction recovery? What is it about the equine therapy that speaks to you?
The horse doesn’t judge you. It also doesn’t make demands. In fact, horses are amazingly keen when it comes to gauging a person’s mood. Animals trained for participation in equine assisted therapy won’t shy or make loud noises.
Sometimes, program participants fear the large animals. A trainer will work with you to ensure that you feel comfortable around the horse. This professional typically stays nearby to assist if you need help. And because there’s usually no horseback riding as part of the experience, you don’t have to worry about fitness.
Instead, you might care for the horse’s basic needs. You might feed the animal treats and exercise it by walking it across the yard on a lead. People quickly build relationships with the gentle animals. They start talking to them and sharing some of their thoughts about the drug treatment programs they’re undergoing.
However, there’s another reason why specialists incorporate equine-assisted therapy in drug treatment. The simple practice of caring for the large animal on a regular basis leads to the development of personal responsibility. Before long, you start to take ownership of the animal’s wellbeing. Even though you know that the animal is well, you still feel responsible for making sure it has food.
The development of this thought process supports relapse prevention. Taking responsibility and setting up a schedule that you adhere to shows healthy personal growth. As you interact with the horse, you gain an appreciation of your ability to work with the animal. In this way, equine assisted therapy contributes to self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-worth.
Although working with the horse results in tremendous personal growth, this modality can only be one part of addiction therapy. Other treatments are also part of a comprehensive approach to healing, such as psychotherapy.
You meet privately with a therapist who helps you understand why you use drugs or alcohol. This professional may engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, which encourages you to uncover negative patterns. As you recognize them in your thinking and acting out, you find ways to replace the habits with healthy ones. Doing so encourages you to process trigger situations differently.
Another approach includes dialectical behavior therapy. Sometimes, program participants are in situations that they can’t change. In these instances, it’s vital to be able to control emotional responses. By disarming stressors and finding new ways of incorporating them into daily life, you lose the craving for the drug.
Additional therapies include dual diagnosis treatment as well as group sessions. In groups, you learn with peers and interact. As you do so, you build your self-esteem. You also try out the coping skills that you learned during psychotherapy.
Horse therapy is only one type of experiential therapy that builds on the evidence-based treatments you undergo in rehab. Others include:
What could equine assisted therapy do for you? Maybe it’s the missing piece that you didn’t have the last time you went through rehab. Whether you’re thinking of entering rehab for the first or second time, make the change today. Contact the caring therapists at Beaches Recovery by calling 866.605.0532 now.
Beaches Recovery is closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Beaches Recovery keeps a safe environment and can now screen for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure our community is safe. All intakes are screened for COVID-19 and patients are being supervised by medical staff around the clock.
In conjunction with our existing infection control policies, Beaches Recovery and Tides Edge Recovery are closely monitoring CDC updates on the impact of the coronavirus as they are released. We would like to take the time to inform you of our facility’s preventative measures we have put in place at both of our facilities. Our goal is to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.
1.All staff has received infection control and prevention training.
2. Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidelines have been provided.
3. Patient care supplies such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers are being monitored and utilized. Hand-outs have been provided detailing general principles such as hand washing, covering your nose and mouth when coughing, and refraining from touching your eyes and/or face.
4. Screening protocols have been enhanced such as a review of travel history, and current health status in an effort to reduce those with flu like symptoms from admitting to our facilities.
5. Visitation policies will continue to be reviewed at least twice a week.
6. We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.
In summary, the safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19 and keep everyone save and healthy.