Elizabeth, Colorado

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Many people face a significant challenge as they go through substance abuse recovery: filling their time with constructive activities that will help them re-learn positive behaviors so they don’t go back to old habits.

There is a need to do something active that will simultaneously fill the void left by substance use and help the person to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually. At the same time, there is a healing power to being surrounded by nature and animals.

This is why animal-assisted therapy can benefit people going through substance abuse recovery.

Healing Pines Recovery’s addiction treatment program offers a variety of activities to help people in substance abuse recovery, including animal-assisted therapy in Colorado. Participants will work with horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, llamas, and dogs under the guidance of trained professionals to learn how to care for and work with these animals. Animal-assisted therapy can help fill the void left by substance use and promote mental, physical, and spiritual healing. Equine-assisted therapy is also available and can help individuals recovering from addiction develop a sense of purpose and accomplishment. In addition to these therapies, Healing Pines offers group and individual counseling, a 12-step program, physical fitness therapy, and peer-to-peer support. Patients can expect a structured routine and a supportive environment to help them redefine their day and prevent relapse.

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