Nowadays, drug rehab treatment possibilities are incredibly varied. Among the more classical ones, such as chemical detoxification, residential treatments, or behavioral therapy, rehab centers also offer patients the possibility to benefit from alternative treatment options, such as yoga, meditation or equine therapy.
How Accepted Is Equine Therapy in the Treatment Community?
Animal-assisted therapy has always been well-regarded among patients, but scientists and professionals are particularly intrigued and interested in the outcomes of it since the practice has started showing significant impact on the rehabilitation process. Recent studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy has had success in aiding patients with substance use disorders enrolled in residential addiction treatment programs. It even proved to be effective for adolescents or young adults undergoing inpatient and day treatment plans.
Any licensed physician, therapist, nurse or social worker can conduct animal-assisted therapy, but only after receiving specialized training. Moreover, the animals that are involved in the therapy, whether we’re talking about horses, dogs or rabbits, also have to receive training and follow a set of standards to make sure the therapy sessions will be both safe and effective.
What Other Animals Are Used in Animal-Assisted Therapies?
Animals have always played an important role in modern health care. In recent years, therapy animals have become quite the popular complement to traditional substance use disorder treatment. That is because interaction with animals has proven to have many health benefits for humans. Many studies have revealed that owning a pet can change the way your body responds to stress, lowers blood pressure in stressful situations, lowers cholesterol, and increases physical activity, as well as provides numerous mental health benefits.
Rehab centers use a variety of animals in their animal-assisted therapy programs, such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses, pigs, rabbits, llamas, alpacas, birds, and rats. Dogs are the most common animals involved in this type of therapy. Also quite popular is equine therapy, where patients interact with horses. So far, there have been no studies that compare therapies with different animals to see which is more effective, as scientists believe that the benefits are similar regardless of what pets centers use in their program.
How Are Therapy Sessions Run?
Equine therapy is a type of experiential therapy where patients are assigned a horse or a pony and are then asked to interact with it. They lead it, feed it, groom it, or even catch it when it’s loose and bring it back to the stable. The interaction between the patient and the animal is closely supervised and monitored by a specialized equine therapist.
Many times, patients have a difficult time talking about their problems, fears or concerns. Sometimes, they might not even be aware of them. The interaction with the horse brings out these problems, and as a result, patients are often able to open up more easily and work through their emotional issues.
The reason equine therapy is so effective is that horses tend to mirror the feelings they see in a person. Based on the interaction between the patient and the animal, the therapist can learn more about the patient and their underlying issues, and use these observations as a basis for further discussions and therapy. For example, if a patient has anger issues, the horse will sense it and will get stubborn. If the patient approaches the horse with fear, the animal will double that fear and react accordingly. If the horse feels anxiety from the patient, it will become stressed.
Who Is the Right Candidate for Equine Therapy?
Anyone that is looking for a complementary therapy to their addiction treatment plan can benefit from equine therapy. If equine therapy is combined with an already-existing treatment, it can give patients that extra boost of confidence they need to form healthy relationships.
A substance use disorder usually comes with a co-occurring mental illness, making it clear to specialists that there are many more underlying issues patients need to solve to recover. Animal-assisted therapy may help struggling individuals in ways a therapist can’t. Rehab centers can help patients reduce and control anxiety, sadness, and insecurity by implementing animal-assisted therapy in a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan.
A Powerful Experience that Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem
In order to deliver the most effective and successful treatment experience to young women, at Casa Capri’s accredited alcohol and drug rehab centers we offer a wide range of therapeutic offerings and innovative addiction treatment methods. Equine therapy, part of our holistic substance abuse treatment program, is a chance for you to bond with and experience the healing power of horses.
Equine therapy gives young women struggling with the unhealthy emotional and mental patterns associated with substance abuse the opportunity to build confidence, develop personal responsibility, relieve stress and create new healthy habits as they grow as individuals. There’s no need to wait another day—a fresh new happy sober life is just around the corner at Casa Capri Recovery. Please pick up the phone and call us now at 855-816-8826.
The Healing Power of Horses
Animals have long been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of many types of mental conditions for people of all ages. Their ability to soothe, reduce stress and elevate mood are well known. For addicts and alcoholics, equine therapy can be an especially valuable tool in helping them to reestablish the ability to trust and create emotional bonds while giving them a deep sense of purpose. Combined with our more traditional addiction treatment methods, such as CBT, group and family therapy, adding equine therapy to your personalized addiction treatment program will give you the well-rounded and holistic healing experience you’ll need to create a meaningful life full of joyful and long-lasting sobriety.
Our expert and caring staff are available to answer your questions, guide you through the insurance process and get you started on your road to recovery 24/7, so pick up the phone and call us now at 855-816-8826. The life of your dreams awaits you and it begins at Casa Capri
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