Utah Equine Therapy Rehab Centers

Equine therapy in Utah is an effective way for people to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol. There are a variety of programs to choose from that allow individuals to learn about their addiction through the practice of taking care of another living being.

There are at least 54,000 people in Utah who need but have not yet received substance abuse treatment, and at least 6 percent of these people also struggle with a dual diagnosis of mental illness. In cases where mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety intersect with substance abuse, many treatment centers are starting to offer integrated approaches to addiction treatment. One of the most promising of these techniques is equine therapy.

What Is Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy was originally developed as a therapeutic option for people suffering from various types of mental illness including depression, anxiety, developmental disabilities and eating disorders. A qualified equine therapist teaches patients how to interact with and care for horses. Some programs include riding as well, but not all. Many people suffering from mental health and substance abuse have significant trust issues.

Working with horses—an intelligent creature that has no hidden agendas—gives patients a chance to work towards addiction recovery goals with a partner they can trust, even if it is still a challenge to learn how to understand and work with a horse.

In addiction recovery centers in Utah where equine therapy is used, it is often blended into a 12-Step Program. Horses can mirror the feelings of the person working with them quite accurately, so they are able to give non-verbal feedback almost immediately to the person with whom they are working. Equine therapists also say working with horses helps patients learn more about themselves, overcome fears and work through frustrations while practicing 12-Step skills in a practical, down-to-earth and safe learning environment that feels natural and holistic.

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Seeking Help In Utah

If you or a family member is struggling to overcome substance abuse and you live in Utah, there are several addiction treatment centers that include equine therapy as part of their treatment approach to recovery. RehabCenter.net can help you find the one that fits your needs the best. Please contact us today. We are here for you, we are ready to listen, and we want to help you get back to a sober, enjoyable and abundant life, free of addiction.

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