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Valuable insights into yourself and your addictions or struggles. Overcome fears. Develop confidence. Gain clarity. Call today.
Equine assisted programs have been around for many years. They have proven to be very effective in treating a wide range of mental health and mood disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Our equine program is a form of experiential therapy involving interactions between clients and horses, supervised by a horse professional.
It involves trail rides, grooming and taking care of the horses as part of the program.
Interactions with horses help to reveal thought and behavior patterns which are related to the issues that have brought clients into treatment.
Horses are majestic, gentle creatures and their sheer size and strength can stir deeply buried emotions in clients. In working with our horses, clients gain valuable insights into themselves, their addictions and/or mental health disorders and how they can better relate both with themselves and with others. Through our equine program, clients learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication that will serve them in their treatment, recovery and beyond.
At Honey Lake Clinic, we focus on intertwining an equine program with core concepts taken from Dr. Benzio’s SPEARS model, and on offering an equine program which connects with the rest of what clients are receiving during treatment, addressing the needs of their bio-psycho-social-spiritual health throughout their stay.
An equine program is proven effective in helping clients develop accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving ability, and self-control. Working with horses can help people develop several skills for healthier living, things like—
Identifying and coping with thoughts and feelings
Communicating better with others
Research also confirms an equine program’s effectiveness in lowering blood pressure and heart rate, alleviating stress, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Our equine program at Honey Lake is set apart from other equine programs because we recognize the importance of incorporating spirituality into the treatment process.
We believe horses can play a valuable role in helping us recognize the closeness of God through connection with such strong and powerful, yet gentle and humble animals He created. The horses show us these attributes of God—great power combined with gentleness and meekness—attributes which we have difficulty envisioning combined.
We emphasize the spiritual components of our equine program as well as taking advantage of some of the more traditional components, such as a horse’s unique ability to mirror the emotions, actions, and reactions of individuals interacting with them.
Another very unique nuance of Honey Lake Clinic’s equine program is the ability our clients have to partner with a horse who has come from a difficult background or needs a new start in life. In our program, you’ll be connecting with and helping train a horse for a brighter future. You’ll see the horse making improvements just as you are making improvements. You’ll be helping one another to heal—healing together.
At Honey Lake, we’re committed to providing you with compassionate care and the practical equipping necessary to significantly improve the condition which brought you to our program. A faith-informed model, experienced staff, licensed professional caregivers, individualized treatment—all in a beautiful and tranquil 650-acre lakeside setting—we’re here for you.