Equine Therapy

Equine Program in Cincinnati

Time with Horses Can Bring Relaxation & Focus

For many people, overcoming alcohol addiction and substance abuse disorders depends on finding the right recovery program that speaks to them. Fighting the symptoms of addiction might not be enough to help them achieve lasting sobriety. Instead, they need to feel connected to another activity or action that allows them to vent, ground themselves, and so on. An equine program is one such activity that many people enjoy because spending time with horses can be naturally calming.

Cedar Oaks Wellness Center in Cincinnati is excited to announce that we are the only addiction recovery facility in the area with an equine program. We have teamed up with Camp Kern – a nearby YMCA facility – to begin offering equine programs and classes. Currently, a weekly 90-minute session is available to patients who would benefit the most from this type of recovery model. If you think integrating time with horses into your recovery process would benefit you, then please reach out to us at (513) 780-5201 or contact us online right away.

How Does the Equine Program Help?

Animal companionship has long been sought after by people struggling with all sorts of issues related to a mental health difficulty, which is often the case for people with alcohol and drug abuse disorders. Our equine program recognizes and utilizes the benefits of animal companionship by involving our patients in the care of horses. Although many animals can connect with humans on an emotional level, horses are renowned by their owners for truly being able to understand and calm them.

People who use an equine program during recovery often become better with:

  • Communication
  • Emotional awareness
  • Self-confidence
  • Trust in others
  • Empathy
  • Problem-solving

Routine interactions with horses can also help people get stronger senses of impulse control. Working with and spending time with a horse requires one to pay attention to the animal’s behaviors. Impulsivity is an opposition to the behaviors that horses prefer to see from their companions and riders, so a patient will often begin to control their impulsive nature subconsciously.

What Do You Do During the Equine Program?

The equine program that we sign you up for will look unique to you and your needs during recovery. Not everyone interacts with horses the same, and horses won’t respond to everyone the same, either. This is why it is important to create a personalized equine program that intersects your other recovery treatments like group therapy.

For the most part, an equine recovery program will include:

  • Feeding
  • Grooming
  • Exercising
  • Riding

The whole time you are interacting and spending time with a horse, a trained equine professional with Camp Kern will be there to oversee and assist as needed. Members from our own team will also be there to support you however we can. We are confident that as you utilize more equine sessions, you will start to see your horse or horses as supportive friends and professionals, too.

Saddle Up with Our Caring Team of Professionals

Cedar Oaks Wellness Center in Cincinnati is known for its compassion and care in all things as we guide people down the path to recovery and sobriety. With our equine program, you can explore a unique auxiliary treatment method that is not available anywhere else in the area. By teaming up with us, Camp Kern, and the beautiful horses they have there, you can find the companionship and strength you need to defeat addiction.

Call (513) 780-5201 today to get more information about our equine program.

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