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Equine-assisted therapy incorporates horses into the therapeutic process.

During equine therapy, you take part in grooming, feeding, and leading a horse with the support of a professional therapist. Equine therapy can help build trust, empathy, confidence, and emotional awareness.

Humans have used equine therapy for thousands of years. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who historians call the “Father of Medicine,” wrote about the healing potential of therapeutic riding.

Horses are unique animals. They have similar social and responsive behaviors to humans, making it easy for you to build a deep connection with a horse. In developing this connection, you explore communication, trust, and honesty in a new way.

Research has shown that equine therapy may help you construct a positive self-image and give added support during treatment. Building self-esteem and self-love is an integral part of the healing process. It empowers you to reconnect with your sense of self and develop strong and healthy relationships with others. This lays the foundations for life-long recovery.

The Role of Equine-Assisted Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Substance addiction is a complex issue that extends beyond physical dependency. It typically involves emotional distress, negative behavioral patterns, and mental health challenges. Equine therapy for addiction addresses these interconnected facets by encouraging personal responsibility, enhancing self-esteem, and nurturing healthier relationships.


Who Benefits From Exceptional Equine Therapy?

Exceptional equine therapy is a type of nature rehab and is a versatile treatment that benefits a broad spectrum of individuals. It's especially beneficial for those battling addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, as it addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of recovery. Our residential treatment centers with equine therapy help individuals develop coping skills, improve self-esteem, and enhance emotional regulation, making it a valuable resource for anyone seeking holistic healing and self-improvement. At Cirque Lodge, we've seen firsthand how transformative equine-assisted therapy can be, offering new perspectives and paths to recovery.


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