Many people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction experience significant feelings of inadequacy and diminished self-confidence. Working with horses in a structured therapy setting can help boost their sense of confidence and self-worth. As they establish a relationship with the horse, it allows them to gain the horse’s trust and unconditional love. For many addicts, this is a very new experience – one that can be powerfully affirming. They often feel an incredible sense of accomplishment during their equine therapy sessions.
Many recovering addicts also find that they feel supported and needed by the horses as they work with them during their treatment. This new-found sense of personal value makes it easier to gain control over their addiction. Even if they already have that love and support from friends and family, equine therapy provides a fresh start. This can be very beneficial in helping them overcome the negative thoughts and feelings that have blocked their path to recovery in the past.