Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine Therapy for addiction has shown many benefits.
Research indicates it lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, and reduces the symptoms of anxiety, tension, depression and anger. Additionally, animal-based therapy such as equine assisted therapy can help newly recovering addicts and alcoholics develop the healthy living skills needed to achieve lasting sobriety.
Patients struggling with managing emotions, relationships and self-worth gain great practice working with horses. Horses are emotionally sensitive and mirror what is going on internally with the patient rather than what is externally exhibited. Patients learn to trust the horse and have the horse trust them. Working with horses improves self-responsibility, self-confidence, patience and self-respect. After the patient practices with a horse, Bradford’s counselors help translate their success into improved relationships with people.
- Greater Self-Awareness
- Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Increased Self-Control
- Strategies for Codependency
- Establishing Boundaries
- Managing Grief/Loss