Equine Assisted Therapy Substance Abuse
Equine-Assisted Therapy provides a metaphoric experience with horses to promote emotional growth and helps build confidence. This experiential therapy teaches people about themselves, allows recognition of dysfunctional patterns of behavior, and helps define healthy relationships. Horses are typically non-judgmental and have no expectations or motives. Therefore, a guest can practice congruency without the perceived fear of rejection. The horse assists in making guests aware of their emotional state as the horse responds in reaction to their behavior. Through working with the horse, guests can gain insight into their feelings, behaviors, patterns, congruency, boundaries, and stumbling blocks to recovery. The process can be a very effective adjunct to treatment.