Equine Therapy

At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we know that there’s not a one-size-fits all method of treatment. Because of this, we offer various types of therapy for all of our clients. One form of therapy that rehab centers have used in different capacities with great results is equine therapy. Our location in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect place for clients to go outdoors and embrace equine therapy. This is one of the many methods we use to assist our clients in overcoming their addiction to alcohol or drugs and beginning a new life.

What is Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy is a fairly new form of treatment in the realm of drug addiction. Horses are beautiful, majestic, and peaceful creatures. Studies have found that working with them can be very therapeutic. Equine therapy involves clients handling horses to help with overcoming the disease of addiction as well as other mental health disorders. Also referred to as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), the method presents great results for anyone suffering from ADD, anxiety, depression as well as trauma.

Your equine therapy experience will be slightly different than anyone else’s. This is because each individual gets a personalized program to address his or her specific treatment needs. During equine therapy sessions, clients may ride the horses and learn different equestrian skills to help them build confidence as well as trust. One of the primary aspects of recovering from active addiction is learning how to follow instructions and understand what one can control and what they cannot. In equine therapy, clients will be given different instructions to work with the horse to become a team. They begin to see that working with the horse is much better than trying to force their will upon the horse.

The purpose of spending time with a horse is to develop a relationship with it as you tend its basic needs. This includes:

  • Exercise
  • Feeding
  • Grooming

Why is Equine Therapy Effective?

Many people suffering from addiction have troubles with an illusion of control. What keeps someone in their addiction for so long is that they believe that they can somehow control their usage. Equine therapy helps with skill building. Through equine therapy, clients learn how to listen and take directions. This is a very strong foundation of recovery that can help a person for years to come. By being willing to take instructions and suggestions from others, a person can strengthen their recovery.

Horses are one of the most popular animals for animal therapy. Though, some animal therapy methods involve elephants, dolphins, cats, and dogs. While working with a horse, a person is more likely to get an immediate response from the animal. When the rider is following direction, the horse will work with the rider. This interaction helps the client will see how working with others is a much better solution than trying to do it in their own way.

Clients also learn a lot from a horse because it doesn’t have any prejudice against the rider. This can be calming and helpful because some people are afraid that they’ll be judged for the way they look or what they’ve done in their addiction. A horse merely reacts to a person’s behavior. This encourages clients to begin with a clean slate when they leave treatment. Additionally, it allows individuals to accept who they are now, rather than who they were.

Equine therapy also serves to redirect focus. It gives individuals an outlet to replace the unhealthy habits that led to and supported their addiction. As they build a relationship with their horses, they learn to maintain a schedule and be responsible. During this time, individuals also work with counselors to help define any other underlying issues.

Equine Therapy at Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Deciding to get help is the first step in the journey to recover from drug addiction. If you or a loved one needs addiction treatment, Pinnacle Peak Recovery offers many types of programs and therapies. Choose from inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and other programs. Along with equine therapy, holistic therapies that you can take advantage of include:

  • Yoga
  • Fitness
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation

Addiction recovery is a lifelong commitment to stay sober and live healthily. Get the help that you need to start this journey at a rehab center that cares. Contact Pinnacle Peak Recovery today at 866-954-0524 to enroll in a customized treatment program.