The Multifaceted Benefits of Equine Therapy in Addiction
I made up my mind that I was going to Rehab, and SJRC was the obvious choice. I had been a patient before and completed the 45-day program. I arrived a month ago and was met with friendly familiar faces. The intake process only took an hour or so. I stayed in Detox and began my Suboxone regimen after a few days. I am now a patient on the Veterans Unit. SJRC really takes care of its Veterans. Cheryl met with us and was sure to make my stay as comfortable as possible. She had snacks and beverages stockpiled in our TV room. Which is equipped with new furniture and a large television. We attend 3-5 classes throughout the day with Peers who have a large part in recovery themselves. The Behavioral Health Techs are also an inspiration to me as they are mostly ex-addicts themselves, with at least one-year clean time. On weekends, us Veterans often go on outings. Cheryl plans these, all the while asking us what she could do to make our stay even more comfortable.
Cole, US Army Veteran
Emotional Stability and Growth
Addiction often masks underlying emotional traumas. Horses, with their intuitive nature, mirror human emotions, offering immediate, non-judgmental feedback. This interaction can lead to profound emotional insights and healing.
Building Accountability and Responsibility
Regular interactions with horses require a level of commitment and consistency. These routines instill a sense of responsibility and punctuality, aiding individuals in rebuilding their lives post-addiction.
Strengthening Social Bonds
Many battling addiction struggles with social isolation. Equine therapy fosters social interaction, not just with the horses but also with therapists and peers, thereby rekindling lost social skills and bonds.