An Innovative Approach to Trauma and Addiction Therapy
Scientific-Based Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Addiction
Addiction, trauma and toxic stress have negative effects on the brain making it difficult for people struggling with these things to have healthy connections. The brains adaptive responses to trauma and addiction compromise self-regulation and relationships. Neuroscience reveals that sensory input, specifically rhythmic, repetitive motion (such as on the back of a horse) is effective at forming new neural pathways in the brain. In EAP sessions, clients consistently practice self-regulation which gives them the skills to calm their bodies and enable them to cognitively process more clearly.
Equine-assisted therapy provides essential sensory stimulation and movement to cultivate the mental development that helps treat some of the root causes of addiction like trauma/PTSD. In addition to groundwork with horses, our programs use mounted exercises to provide the sensory movement that organizes the brain and produces new neural pathways for mental and emotional growth. Therefore, by engaging different areas of the brain, clients begin the cognitive process of understanding their true needs, setting them on a path to find new, healthy ways to explore and interact within their environment, without the crutch of addictive substances.
The influence of our Natural Lifemanship EAP experience promotes change as old belief systems are challenged, while mastery and confidence are gained. Clients are empowered by their success with our horses. New interests are explored, and new, healthy ways of being in a relationship are discovered and fine-tuned. Unlike some talk therapy methods, EAP brings clients out of autopilot, dissociation, and distraction, to engage with their 1,200-pound horse partner week after week.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been shown to have more rapid therapeutic response rates because of the direct, powerful approach and intimate relational aspects. EAP teaches clients the skills to handle the stress and chaos of life without using substances.
Equine Therapy Benefits
Equine therapy offers many benefits for our residents, especially those who have trouble connecting with others or those who struggle with self-care. The Last Resort’s equine-assisted therapy program also helps individuals learn how to care for another living thing and, in turn, themselves. Some additional benefits include:
- Decrease anxiety/depression
- Provides a healthy sensory input
- Experiential (thinking, doing, problem-solving)
- Interactive, challenging, and fun
- Improve sense of control and agency
- Increase self-esteem, confidence
- New hope and renewed optimism
- New body awareness that activates the mind
- Emotional and spiritual stimulation
- Practice regulating emotions
- Successfully overcome fears
Conventional + Cutting-Edge Therapy Strategies
Natural Lifemanship | The Definitive Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
By combining conventional social therapies like counseling and the 12 steps, with vetted tactics such as Healing Heart Workshop and our equine therapy program, we seek to develop a true community of recovered gentlemen. Learn more about Healing Heart Workshop on our Trauma Treatment page. (place link to PTSD and Trauma Treatment page)Speak to Our Team
The Natural Lifemanship addiction therapy program allows our clients to connect to these gentle animals and build a healthy relationship with a horse of their choosing from our herd. Historical data and estimations show evidence that horses and humans have forged a special relationship for more than 5,000 years, with horses being domesticated somewhere around 3000 BC, making them some of the first animals that were domesticated as more than a food source.
These gentle, non-judgemental, and accepting creatures provide our clients with a conduit to create positive, authentic relationships in a safe environment. Our Texas-based equine-assisted therapy program includes both individual and group sessions, ground and mounted work. Our clients practice skills to calm their body and mind, giving them practical experience in how to help handle the stress and chaos of life, without relying on drugs or alcohol.
Our residents are empowered by their lessons and successes with their horse and will discover new ways of forging healthy relationships, that will aid them in their recovery and their ongoing life journey after leaving The Last Resort Recovery.
Is Equine Assisted Therapy Right For Me?
We understand that equine-assisted therapy might not be for everyone, which is why our focused staff will never force anyone to interact with a horse if they feel unsafe. Our equine therapy team works carefully with Last Resort medical staff to assess if a client is a good fit to participate in our Natural Lifemanship EAP program. While we have seen most clients find success by creating a connection with their horse and therapist, we always want our clients to feel comfortable and ultimately achieve a healthy lifestyle. If we believe that a client would not benefit from interacting directly with a horse, the therapists will then use that time to discuss relationships, and regulation with the client, continuing our ultimate goal of helping our clients find sobriety and recovery in a safe, supported environment.Financial Information
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Over the years, we have carefully fine-tuned the unique methodology that guides our trauma-focused equine-assisted therapy program for substance addiction treatment. By combining therapy strategies like 12 step work, with the physically and emotionally safe bond formed between the horses and our residents, we have crafted a precise approach for addiction therapy that is informed by current addiction-related neurobiology research.Get Started Today
For many people struggling with addiction, traditional therapy methods can fall short, especially for clients that have had multiple relapses and have been to other addiction rehab programs. The unique equine therapy program at The Last Resort Recovery gives our clients new and effective tools to work through their mental and emotional issues and set them up for success in the long term.
Get in touch with our team at The Last Resort Recovery to find out if our Equine Assisted Therapy is right for you!