Iowa Equine Therapy Rehab Centers

Last year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 4.12 percent of the population in Iowa suffered from some type of serious mental illness. Many of those individuals did not seek treatment for that mental illness and instead turned to drugs or alcohol. Treating a mental illness in this manner could quickly turn into a much more serious substance abuse problem.

Help is available to anyone suffering from a substance abuse problem. Unfortunately, many individuals do not seek help. In fact, 245,000 individuals in Iowa every year suffer from illegal drug or alcohol dependency, but do not seek help.

If you are a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse problem, equine therapy may be able to help.

What Is Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy is an alternative treatment option for individuals who are suffering from mental illnesses or substance abuse problems. Patients will interact and work with a trained therapy horse during these treatment sessions. Some of the activities they may do include grooming, feeding, and even leading the horse around a fenced in area.

The simple act of interacting and working with the horse allows individuals to spend time reflecting upon their emotions. This reflective period allows patients to really get to the heart of the issue that cause the substance abuse problem.

Once a patient identifies their issues, a counselor is nearby to talk them through the emotions and issues. This talk therapy combined with the soothing quality of the horse proves very therapeutic.

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The time is now to seek treatment for a substance abuse problem. Contact us and visit to explore your treatment options in Iowa and to learn more about alternative treatments, such as equine therapy.

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