Animal-Assisted Therapy and Addiction

Animal-assisted therapy (particularly Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and canine therapy) is one of the most effective experiential therapy forms. It has proven to be fun, nurturing, and therapeutically beneficial for clients in inpatient drug and alcohol
treatment centers. With animal-assisted therapy, rather than talking to a therapist, clients interact with a horse or dog in a series of exercises designed to strengthen and develop non-verbal and verbal communication, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, trust, responsibility, confidence, and relationship skills. Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to
help individuals with numerous issues other than just substance abuse, including eating disorders, adolescents with emotional problems, and the rehabilitation of prison inmates.  The distinctive experience of bonding with an animal offers several advantages. Working with an animal often allows individuals to guard down and reduce stress. Studies have shown that individuals actually have lower heart rates and stress levels than animals.   Also, animals have the unique ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them; an individual’s reaction to the animal and the animal’s reaction highlights the behaviors, feelings, and relationships that have caused pain and fed an addiction.

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Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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