Nobody chooses to have mental health issues. Whether it is drugs, alcohol or some other type of addiction, it is not something someone chooses. Nobody chooses to have an addiction. With addiction you are looking at underlying mental health issues, that have not been addressed and are now manifesting in other ways.
As long as we want to shame and blame, people struggling with addiction issues will not receive the help they need. In this moving piece from the Hartford Courant, one father tells about his daughter and how she needs help, not jail time.
Recovery is not easy. The addiction has been used to hide and mask the pain of whatever the underlying issue is. Pulling away that mask and facing the pain can be so overwhelmingly scary that a person will do just about anything, including continuation of self-destructive behaviors, to avoid it.
Though they are not always easy to find, there are effective treatment programs out there. Equine Therapy can be a powerful PART of a recovery plan. Along with seeing a therapist, work with horses can improve communications skills, increases self-confidence, help a client establish and maintain healthy personal boundaries and so much more.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, seek help! We can offer some options and are happy to be part of the treatment team. Call us and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.