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Equine Therapy & Addiction Therapy

Equine Therapy in Tennessee for Substance Addiction

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“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

Addiction is an isolating disease, one that affects all area of life. People suffering from addiction often lose touch with themselves, and their social relationships suffer as a result. A key component of long-term recovery is reconnecting with yourself and learning how to reconnect with others. At JourneyPure Women’s Professional Program, you’ll have the opportunity to do just that through a customized treatment plan that features a range of therapies.

One of the therapies that may be included in your treatment is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). EAP helps addicts in recovery connect with themselves, their horses and other members of their EAP team. Group EAP challenges participants to work together, communicate and develop solutions to problems common to recovering addicts. Using this solution-based, peer-oriented approach reinforces the ability of EAP to address the needs of participants in whatever stage of recovery they are exploring.

Learn more about how therapy using horses can help you develop the key skills you need to experience lasting recovery.

Rehab Equine Therapy

Equine therapy is a model of individual or group psychotherapy using horses in the experiential process. During equine treatment, you can:

  • Develop a relationship with your horse — By caring for your horse, you’ll develop a relationship based on trust. You’ll learn how to perform a variety of horse-care techniques, such as grooming, feeding, leading and haltering and more. Our team understands that trust — or lack of trust — is a major issue many recovering drug addicts must heal from. Since horses enter the relationship without pre-conceived notions or opinions about the recovering addict, clients genuinely experience how their behavior affects themselves as well as others.
  • Hone your social skills — While working as a team, you and your fellow EAP team members will overcome challenges with problem-solving skills. You’ll develop effective ways of communicating and experience the positive results a healthy relationship can provide.
  • Focus on something other than your challenges — When you’re in the thick of addiction, it’s easy to become consumed with the negative feelings and emotions. You can’t see through the fog of pain. During EAP, you have the opportunity to focus on something other than your addiction and the challenges that come with it, instilling a new sense of purpose while building your self-confidence.
  • Experience stress relief — Working with animals has a therapeutic effective. With EAP, you are physically active and engaged, which can release stress.
  • Build your self-confidence — Problem-solving, establishing healthy relationships and taking care of a horse can all boost your self-confidence. When you believe in yourself, you have the drive to achieve recovery — and sustain it.

Discover a new passion or reignite an old one — One of the most insidious ways addiction affects us is by taking away our joy for life. Hobbies we once loved no longer interest us as we focus solely on using. Through EAP, you may develop a new passion for horses or reignite your interest in this hobby. When you leave our treatment facility, you’ll have a healthy way to spend your free time.

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