Experience profound healing at our Maui Recovery center with Equine Therapy. Guided by skilled therapists, this innovative approach combines equine interaction and evidence-based techniques, providing a unique and effective path to recovery amidst the tranquil beauty of Maui’s landscape.

Equine Therapy for Addiction Recovery: A Historical Perspective and Modern Approach

At Maui Recovery, we integrate ancient wisdom and modern therapeutic practices through Equine Therapy. Historically, horses have been used as therapy since the ancient Greeks in 600 B.C. Documents speak of Hippocrates praising horses for “riding’s healing rhythm” and “raising the spirits” of the incurably ill.

In the 1940s, therapeutic engagement with horses was formally introduced into modern therapy to aid in rehabilitating war veterans. This blend of historic knowledge and contemporary evidence-based techniques in our program offers a transformative journey towards recovery, surrounded by the incredible beauty of Maui.

How We Use Equine Therapy to Enhance Healing

Developing Effective Communication Skills

Struggling with addiction and mental health challenges often leads to weakened social skills, anxiety and emotional disconnect. Equine Therapy at Maui Recovery helps bridge this gap. With their innate sensitivity to emotions and nonverbal cues, horses act as therapy guides in understanding and improving personal communication styles.

Facing and Overcoming Your Fears

Recognizing horses’ somewhat intimidating size and strength, our program transforms this initial reaction into a powerful tool for overcoming fears and self-doubt. This aspect of equine therapy is particularly powerful for those who have experienced prolonged emotional pain, trauma and vulnerability. Engaging and bonding with therapy horses allows you to face your fears and reclaim your inner strength.

Restoration of Self-Esteem and Pride

Equine Therapy at Maui Recovery is an empowering experience for those battling feelings of worthlessness and shame. By nurturing, communicating, connecting and caring for horses, our recovery clients discover their ability to positively impact others, while building trust and restoring their self-esteem and pride.

Mastering the Art of Setting Boundaries

Learning to set healthy boundaries is crucial for lasting recovery. Our therapy horses provide immediate feedback when boundaries are crossed or if interactions lack genuine emotional engagement. If you approach a horse aggressively, they will let you know this behavior is unacceptable. Also, effective communication with the horse will become a struggle if you’re too emotionally detached. This real-time learning aids in understanding and practicing the art of boundary setting, an essential skill for long-term recovery and well-being.

The Effectiveness of Equine Therapy

Research shows the effectiveness of Equine Therapy in addiction recovery, with studies showing significant improvements in psychological well-being, including reduced anxiety and depression and improved emotional regulation.

Our Equine Therapy clients report enhanced self-esteem, empathy, and social skills. These benefits, coupled with traditional counseling, make Equine Therapy a valuable component of Maui Recovery’s comprehensive addiction treatment.

It’s time to reclaim your life.

Equine Therapy at Maui Recovery is here to help. Take the first step on your journey to recovery by reaching out to our team today.

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Amory Mowrey

MPH | Executive Director | CASAC-T | CRPA | CARC

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Dr. Reza Danesh

Medical Director | MD

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Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Board Certified Member of the NBCC

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Client Wellness Manager

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