At Banyan Treatment Centers, we offer a variety of approaches to drug and alcohol treatment, including equine therapy. This type of therapy can greatly improve treatment outcome with effective ancillary support to traditional therapies offered at addiction treatment centers. This animal-assisted approach to treatment can help improve long-term sobriety by allowing for emotional healing, personal growth, and more.
Equine therapy, also known as equine-assisted therapy or animal-assisted therapy, is a treatment approach we offer in our family of facilities. This program augments traditional treatment with additional support, allowing patients to interact with horses in a caring atmosphere. Patients care for horses and interact with the horses. Patient responsibilities can include cleaning stables or helping with upkeep of the animals.
Equine-assisted therapy can help patients in numerous ways. First, the routine and responsibilities of equine therapy programs help patients develop crucial life skills to meet responsibilities both in the therapy setting and in the real world, following treatment. Equine therapy also helps patients better focus on the present moment, rather than fixating on their troubles. Interaction with horses also helps patients relax, develop greater self-identity, and focus on growth.
Equine therapy and other forms of animal-assisted therapy can help patients improve their self-esteem and coping abilities, which are crucial components of sustained long-term sobriety. Horses can pick up on nonverbal cues, which encourages patients to develop greater interpersonal skills to earn the trust of these animals. Though horses can perceive emotional cues, they are non-judgmental, allowing patients to grow and heal without fear of being judged.