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Progressive addiction therapy programs use all the resources at their disposal to facilitate healing and recovery. At United Recovery California, the equine therapy program forms a cornerstone of our holistic therapy approaches. Horses are gentle animals who respond well to a nurturing touch or soothing voice. Working with horses can help you gain self-confidence and perhaps even encourage you to nurture yourself during the critical transition from addiction to long-term recovery.

What Is Equine Therapy?

equine therapy program south californiaIn simplest terms, during equine therapy, you get to play and work with horses. However, this treatment methodology goes far beyond interacting with friendly animals. Using equine therapy for mental health treatment isn’t exactly new but provides an innovative approach to developing new interests that take you further away from the threat of a relapse.

Also called animal-assisted therapy, working with horses can help you reach predetermined goals. This is important for building focus and determination, which translate directly into your efforts to master coping mechanisms and escape the cycle of addiction. If you have ever had a cat or dog that loved you, you may have an intuitive feeling about this wonderful experience. We hope that we can exceed your expectations by providing friendly four-legged friends to carry you on the part of your journey with us.

Equine Therapy and Mental Health

Equine therapy has proven valuable in the treatment of mental health disorders such as the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia

We have found that working with horses while engaging in other forms of traditional and holistic therapy often builds self-confidence. Many clients say their self-esteem also improved after engaging in equine therapy for mental health and substance use disorders at our luxury treatment center.

Benefits of Equine Therapy Programs

You may find that working with horses teaches you how to focus on one task at a time. As pack animals, horses are attuned to the emotions of other living creatures. So, it requires a steady touch and calm demeanor to win them over.

Here are some of the other ways that equine therapy can help you keep your emotions in check:

  • You receive immediate feedback since horses mirror anxiety, calmness, and even happiness.
  • Participating in equine therapy gives you a unique opportunity to try out new coping techniques that you learn in other therapy sessions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. The therapist uses horses to promote social and psychological issues that often directly impact drug and alcohol addiction abuse.
  • Learn to build trust through nonverbal and verbal communication. Working with horses is a great alternative for clients who don’t feel comfortable speaking about their thoughts and feelings. You may feel yourself opening up on a deeper level, even if it’s just letting yourself care for the animals you interact with.
  • Although horses aren’t people, they provide companionship and a non-judgmental relationship. Taking the time to ride or care for these amazing animals can help you overcome self-doubt, fear, and guilt.

Speak with one of our admissions team members today to discuss how you can take advantage of all the programs available at United Recovery California’s luxurious setting.

Heal Through Addiction Treatment at United Recovery California

United Recovery California offers many alternative modalities to add to your individual treatment plan, from our equine therapy program to art and music therapy. Equine therapy provides lasting memories and newfound confidence just when you needed the most. You can apply the skills you learn in our addiction therapy programs to rebuild relationships damaged by substance use disorders. Are you ready to leave the confusion and doubt of addiction behind you for good? Contact us at 855.923.3506 for more information on any of our evidence-based or holistic therapy approaches.