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Equine Therapy and Helping Veterans

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How Equine Therapy Helps Veterans

For veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, equine therapy is a promising treatment method. Communicating with such a powerful yet gentle animal is a new experience for many veterans, who soon find that the therapeutic benefits are pretty amazing.

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Horse Therapy for Sex Addiction

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How Equine Therapy Helps Treat Sex Addiction

Sometimes the women and men seeking sex addiction treatment at The Ranch learn that we use equine therapy as part of our healing regimen, and they wonder what they heck riding horses has to do with their particular problem. They ask, “How will traipsing around the woods on the back of a 1,000 pound animal help me with my addiction?” In response, we usually just smile and suggest they wait and see, because we know how powerful experiential therapies can be.

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How Equine Therapy Helps Addicts

Equine-assisted therapy can be immensely beneficial for issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, brain injuries, behavioral issues and for people with disabilities. Equine therapy is also an effective treatment for people struggling with drug and alcohol use. Tim Risler owns Equine Healing Solutions in Flora, Mississippi, and is a certified equine therapist. He tells us why equine therapy is so transformative for people with addictions.

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Yes, That Horse IS Looking at You Funny

A new study on the facial expressions of horses may bring us closer to understanding the unique way that humans and horses communicate, and perhaps explain why horses can be powerful allies in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more.

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Horses Helping Addicts Heal

The therapeutic benefit of being around animals has long been known to anyone who has cared for and loved a pet. Whether that animal is a dog or a cat, or even a horse, the unconditional love and the selflessness they exhibit can be immensely healing. For drug addicts, the presence of animals during therapy is a growing trend. Another growing trend, especially for helping young addicts, is equine therapy. When addicts learn to care for and be responsible for horses, the results can be astounding.

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The Ranch Treatment Center Hosts Open House in Honor of its 15th Anniversary

In celebration of 15 years of service, The Ranch will host an open house on April 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its 2,000 acre horse and cattle ranch in Nunnelly, Tenn.

Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 – On April 4, 2014, The Ranch treatment center in Tennessee will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an open house featuring exhibits, food, live music, job information and a close-up look at its state-of-the-art facilities on a working horse and cattle ranch in the rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tenn.

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How Equine Therapy Helps in the Treatment of Alcoholism

Encouraging patients to interact with animals isn’t a new concept in medicine. You likely have heard news stories of therapy dogs visiting pediatric hospitals or a cat that lives among nursing home residents. Now, addiction treatment specialists are using horses to help alcoholics find sobriety. If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol abuse or alcoholism, keep reading to learn more about how equine-assisted therapy can be particularly beneficial.

Equine-assisted therapy involves more than simply allowing the person to be near an animal or pet it. In this type of treatment, a trained therapist uses a horse as a tool to help someone connect with his or her emotions as well as build essential core skills. Horses have been used to assist people of all ages recover from a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and autism spectrum disorders. A number of addiction recovery centers have started using equine therapy to help recovering addicts. 

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Equine Therapy at The Ranch: Ride in Style in the Year of the Horse

The New Year of 2014 is here and with it the opportunity to make great strides in recovery. It’s also the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar. At The Ranch, there’s no better time or place to find your way in sobriety, especially if you like horses.

First, let’s look at some of the character traits associated with the horse: strength, energy and an outgoing nature. Horses are also companions, known for their ability to be compassionate and to return affection. They’re intelligent, honest, friendly and open-minded, all traits that humans can strive to cultivate as well.

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Benefits of Equine Therapy in Drug Rehab Treatment

There are many different options for drug rehab treatment, including chemical detoxification, residential treatment programs, and behavioral therapy. Many individuals find equine therapy to be a very beneficial part of drug treatment when it comes to gaining control over their addiction.

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Animal-Assisting Therapy for Addiction

In reading the title of this article, your first thought may be that someone has made a mistake. Surely, you are thinking, they must be referring to ‘animal-assisted therapy’, which is a fairly familiar topic to anyone who has done a Google search looking for information about alternative treatments for addiction and other chronic health problems.

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