Equine Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Published: 11/8/17

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Horses have helped people recover from trauma, injury, and physical challenges for decades. Recently, trained equine therapists have also begun playing a role in addiction treatment, as well.

Equine therapy helps people struggling with addiction develop personal responsibility, enjoy outdoor recreation, and find a sense of purpose.

At Recovering Champions, we incorporate equine therapy into our addiction treatment to help our clients in several key areas, including:

Developing important life skills

Horses require ongoing care, grooming, and attention. By working with horses, Recovering Champions clients can begin to redevelop a sense of responsibility and accountability that may have been lost in the throes of addiction. Additionally, clients develop skills that are important for future employment and career success, including following detailed directions, meeting deadlines, and taking personal initiative.

Finding a positive outlet for energy and attention

Throughout their recovery, Recovering Champions clients begin to regain their strength, sense of purpose, and drive towards success. As they continue through their addiction treatment, clients can utilize equine therapy as an outlet for positive energy and motivation. Learning to work with horses requires practice, dedication, and learning a new set of skills, all of which improves discipline, focus, and patience. Practicing these critical behaviors channels clients’ energy into positive, healthy pursuits that help them recover faster.

Experiencing service to others

Horses play an important role in our lives as service animals and are uniquely attuned to human emotions and motivations. Recovering Champions clients have the opportunity to give back to their equine companions by helping in the feeding, grooming, and maintenance process that keeps the horses healthy and fit. By dedicating their energy and time towards helping others, clients are learning the benefits of outward-focused attention and the power of serving others.

If you’d like to learn more about how Recovering Champions incorporates equine therapy into our recovery programs, please contact our treatment team at 1-844-888-5391 for additional details and information. Maybe we’ll see you in the saddle at Recovering Champions soon!