Decision Point Center offers an exceptional and unique Equine Therapy Program to assist our clients in the addiction recovery program they are enrolled in. Equine therapy for addiction offers the ability to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes.
How Equine Therapy Helps Recovering Addicts
Horses are bold, intelligent, and sensitive animals with highly developed senses and natural instincts. Anyone who has ever worked with or around horses will tell you that working with an equine takes confidence, sensitivity, and care. If you are nervous of horses, the horse can sense your fear and also shares that same fear. If you approach the animal with confidence, and you are conscious of your movements, the horse will respond to you in the same way and will form a connection and a bond with you.
An addict is also a bold, intelligent, and sensitive individual. Though the addict may have lost his/her way, they just need to pinpoint their inner feelings and learn how to make emotional connections to others, beginning with the equine.
How Equine Therapy Clients Will Benefit:
The final Goals of Equine Treatment:
By the end of the term of the equine therapy, our clients will have received the following lessons, and learned the following skills essential to their continued sobriety.
- Client should be able to identify and access their feelings.
- Client should be able to gain insight on understanding how actions impact both themselves and impacts others.
- Client should know when and how to ask for help, and not be ashamed of it.
- Client will experience and understand the concept of unmanageability.
- Client will practice coping and problem solving in a safe and secure environment.
Safety and Security:
Our Equine Assisted Therapy Program is fun and extremely beneficial to our clients. To ensure that this activity is fun, beneficial, and also safe – we have taken many measures to ensure the safety of the horses, our trainers and staff, and our clients. The Equine Therapy program only involves “groundwork” with the horses. This means that our clients do not actually ride the horses, they do work with the horses standing on the ground beside the horse. Caring for these horses takes a lot of work, and by brushing, leading, feeding, and mucking-out the horses stalls, clients take on the responsibilities for the horse – teaching them to take control of their own responsibilities in the process. Additionally, as the client begins to form a bond with the animal, they begin to process the horse’s responses to them, which holds a connection to their own feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
All Equine Assisted Therapy Activities are performed under the direct supervision of a Certified EAGALA Therapist. http://www.eagala.org/