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Believe it or not, the most-talked-about treatment for sex addiction and pornography addiction can be found in a stable. Horses and what’s commonly referred to as ‘equine therapy’ are making headlines worldwide in the world of recovery. Equine therapy is the discipline of using horses as a means to provide metaphoric experiences in order to promote emotional growth. The horses provide an excellent way for patients to react when they are otherwise therapy resistant. This unconventional yet effective treatment is also used to treat patients with depression, attention-deficit, conduct disorders, dissociative disorders, anxiety, dementia, and autism. So what’s the big deal with equine therapy and could it work for you or someone you love who is suffering from sex addiction? Last month, the story of Kim, a South Korean teenage girl addicted to Internet pornography, spread like wildfire online. According to Reuters:

Four months ago, the parents of a teenage South Korean girl were at their wits’ end over her addiction to surfing the Internet for pornography. Kim’s parents tried art, music therapy and persistent nagging to try and stem their daughter’s addiction. When none of these worked, her school suggested the Riding Healing Center, a therapy organization that uses horse-riding to cure emotional and behavioral disorders, which it believes are an underlying cause of Internet addiction.

Kim’s parents report that since equine therapy she “barely goes on the Internet” and the family now has an open dialogue about Kim’s Internet use.”I care about horses and think about how I could ride them better, which has made me lose interest in computers and the Internet,” Kim told Reuters in a recent interview.  Yoosook Joung, a Doctor of child psychiatry at Samsung Medical Centre, explained to Sky News the horse riding worked not just because it is “a very fun” physical activity, but also incorporates “a living thing” which ends up forging an “emotional connection” that can “help overcome Internet addiction.” Horses as a miracle cure for pornography addiction certainly make a for a great news story but the truth is the benefits of equine therapy have been well-known for years. Improved confidence, communication skills, trust, perspective, and social skills along with decreased isolation and social anxiety are just a few of the positive changes many equine therapy patients experience. Working with a certified equine therapist like Wendy Conquest, addicts learn basics of horse care like grooming and saddlery as well as participating in various exercises to help build confidence, establish boundaries and practice accountability. Young addicts like Kim respond extremely well to equine therapy but the practice can be a good fit for patients of any age. Most addicts suffer from incredibly low self-worth and feel like they’ve failed at nearly every aspect of their lives. Equine therapy can help restore broken self-esteems and bring back feelings of usefulness. For more information on equine therapy and to see if it’s right for you, contact us today!

  • Category: Recovery
  • By Development Account
  • February 3, 2013

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