A Animal-Assisted Therapy is a holistic approach to therapy that involves interaction with an animal, such as a cat, dog, or horse, in order to overcome addiction, psychological, and/or emotional issues that has become detrimental to their way of life. One form of this type of therapy is called equine therapy, aka equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP).
Equine therapy involves the person suffering from addiction to regularly interact with horses over the duration of their rehabilitation. This helps promote emotional growth and personal development while there are undergoing treatment. This type of therapy has been effective in a variety of treatment scenarios for adults and adolescences.
Individuals who participate in equine therapy while recovering from substance abuse addiction often experience several life changing benefits and successfully complete their treatment plan.
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