Equine Assisted Therapy and Addiction
Equine Assisted Therapy is a type of treatment for conditions like anxiety, depression and addiction. It involves equine activities to promote growth to overcome the specific individual issues. It has been shown to improve a person’s ability to manage emotions, communication skills, self-esteem and feelings of trust. It gives a sense of empowerment and control.
Therapeutic use of horses has been in existence since 600 B.C., when it was first documented in Greek literature. It gained popularity in the United States in 1960 when the Community Association of Riding of the Disabled was formed. It then began gaining popularity for those in therapy for other issues, including addiction.
This type of Therapy does not necessarily involve riding the horse. It is about communicating with the animals. Horses mirror human feelings. Interacting with one can help a person come to terms with what they are feeling and help them work through it in a safe environment. Horses are specifically used because they are social animals. They have moods, feelings and personalities. They are relatable and like to help others, which makes them the perfect animals for therapy use.
Equine Assisted Therapy, along with numerous other types of therapy, is offered at Seabrook House ™™.