Drugs, alcohol, and abuse numb emotional responses as either an escape, or a protective measure. Upon getting clean or overcoming your trauma, you may not know how to handle the influx of reborn emotions–causing crippling frustration and confusion. Equine therapy programs with a licensed therapist are proven to reconnect patients with their natural emotional responses, acting as a catalyst for the healing process.

Mariposa is one of few counseling centers that offers equine therapy programs in Orange County, which are often integrated into programs for substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, and more.

How Equine Therapy Programs Work

Drugs and alcohol famously numb the feelings of addicts– and once clean, it can feel impossible to handle the wave of reborn feelings and emotions. In contrast, interacting with a horse is akin to an emotional mirror.

Horses are incredibly emotional creatures, able to identify emotions with a simple interaction. Through our horse therapy programs with a licensed therapist, addicts can “see” the emotions they’ve been carrying in how the horse responds to them. The experience is deeply enlightening and a strong catalyst for healing, especially for addicts and children of abuse who struggle to express emotion.

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