Illinois Equine Therapy Rehab Centers

Drug abuse affects hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, but sadly many are not getting the treatment they need. For those who are looking for an alternative treatment approach, an Illinois equine therapy program may be the best option.

In fact, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 241,000 individuals in Illinois need, but do not receive, treatment for illicit drug use. One of the reasons that some are not getting the treatment they need is the complexity of the disease.

Unfortunately, many people who struggle with drug abuse also struggle with mental health problems. The survey also found that 3.21 percent of people in Illinois have at least one serious mental illness in the past year. The combination of mental illness and drug abuse can make therapy more challenging. One option that can help those struggling with a dual diagnosis is equine therapy.

Equine Therapy Address Control And Trust Issues

Many people who struggle with drug abuse also struggle with mental health disorders, including control and trust issues. Equine therapy can provide a solution to this, by helping individuals overcome the psychological barriers and burdens that are contributing to their desire to use drugs.

Equine therapy places the addicted and troubled individual in an environment where regular interaction with horses occurs. The goal is not to teach the individual to ride, and in fact many of these programs do not allow riding of the horses, but rather to teach the individual to interact with and care for the horses. This can help break down trust and control barriers, especially since the patient cannot control a horse in the same way that he or she tries to control other aspects of life and people.

When coupled with drug treatment therapy, equine therapy can be quite effective at helping an individual fully overcome the pull of drugs, and learn the skills necessary to enjoy a responsible, healthy life afterward.

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Finding Equine Therapy In Illinois

Sometimes equine therapy for drug addiction can be hard to find. If you feel that this treatment method would help you overcome the psychological hurdles you face in regards to your drug addiction, you may need help locating the right treatment provider. is here to help. Contact us to find an equine therapy option in a community near you.

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