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The use of drugs (both prescription and non-prescription) and alcohol can lead to abuse and dependency, including addiction and alcoholism. All of these can have a very detrimental effect on a person’s mental, physical and emotional health; they can also destroy relationships and the ability to hold down a job or progress a career.
EAP as a therapy
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an effective approach to tackling dependency on or abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. It helps people to identify, own and address a range of issues which may be preventing them from making progress, whether historic or current. It helps to boost the individual’s confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to envision a more independent and brighter future.
Horses are acutely aware of any discrepancy between what the client is presenting and what the horse interprets from their body language, stress levels and emotional projections. The horse is a prey animal; its survival over 60 million years of evolution has depended on its ability to assess a predator’s intentions at a glance. Often, horses will refuse to interact with individuals on medication or mood-changing substances, removing themselves from the therapy area. Allowing clients to process and come to their own conclusions and solutions is at the core of the EAGALA method. Discover how EAP works.
Our EAP programme
We work with anyone over the age of 16 to address their drug and alcohol problems. Individuals normally require 6 to 8 hour-long sessions, either as the sole therapy or alongside conventional therapy programmes.
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If you’re affected by drugs or alcohol (or care about someone who is), or you’re a commissioner for related services, please get in touch.