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About Our Equine Therapy Program
At Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center, we understand that equine therapy is an important step in the addiction recovery process.
Animals are beneficial to mental health wellness; they provide a valuable sense of security through non-judgmental companionship.
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) therapy is a hands-on therapy technique that uses horses, exotic animals, and objects to create a symbolic environment indicative of the client’s individual experiences.
During Eagala therapy, our clients learn to interpret life circumstances and correlate self-awareness with their personal recovery.
Clients work to improve self-worth by creating, analyzing, and making connections to their personal recovery through interpretive and symbolic activities.
Reach out to us to learn more about equine therapy.
What to Expect in Our Equine Therapy Program
Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center utilizes equine therapy to help a wide variety of different people across many psychological and physical spectrums. Equine-assisted therapy can help people who suffer with addictions of most substances, like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
When a client forms a bond with a horse in an equine therapy program, that animal is a blank slate; it arrives into the relationship with no preconceived notions about the recovering person.
This provides an opportunity for the client to understand how their behavior affects others. For many who have lived with drug addiction for years, this realization is equivalent to a breakthrough. Throughout the course of rehabilitation, the client will tend to designated animals. A regular therapy schedule will be maintained, and the client will be expected to attend sessions on a regular basis.
Our team of compassionate counselors play an important role in equine therapy as well, they talk to clients about their experiences while caring for the horses, this helps to better understand the metaphor between these therapeutic tasks and the rebuilding and recovery of one’s life.
We hope that many of the positive skills learned by the client will become tools they can use to remain clean and sober post-rehab.
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Best decision of my life. I tried to leave after 3 weeks, and ended up staying 4 months and that’s exactly what I needed. The staff went above and beyond to take care of me, and over 6 years later I am grateful to still be clean. I owe it all to Touchstone and their amazing staff.
I am forever grateful for Touch Stone Ranch. I went into the program set on staying 30 days. After I finished detoxing, I realized I had a LOT more problems than just drugs & alcohol. I chose to stay for a total of six months. Biggest financial risk I have ever made but ETERNALLY GRATEFUL that I made this choice because my quality of life is POLAR opposite to how I have been living my entire life. I chose to stay at TRRC for six months persuaded by no one but my Higher Power. They worked with me on how to pay for it, which eased my mind a lot & helped me better focus on my recovery & mental health. I have been diagnosed with PTSD for most if my adult life due to being kidnapped & trafficked when I was younger. I never thought I would be able to feel safe in my own body or be able to function like a “normal person”. The counselors at Touchstone care soo much about everyone (bless them for even putting up with my crazy self & all of my rage). I now have a year sober (been using since I was 12 & I am now 30, I NEVER thought a year of sobriety would be possible). But beyond the miraculous sobriety, I now feel AT PEACE. I have learned to manage my anger, prevent panic attacks, face my fears & truths of reality, & I have a special relationship with a Power greater than myself. I am involved in my community, my business is growing again, & I’m sponsoring 5 women in AA. I am able to help these women in ways that Touch Stone helped me & there is no greater fulfillment than sharing what has been given to me. I can not express my gratitude enough for TRRC. I am finally free from the past & free from the mental chaos of addiction. I 100% recommend Touchstone if you are serious about recovering from drugs & alcohol. I have been to other rehabs, hospitals, programs & nothing is in comparison to TRRC. It’s not peaches & cream the entire time because you are going to be working through some heavy stuff. If you are honest with yourself & willing to put in the work, this place will save your life just as it saved mine.
I was speaking with my AA sponsor the other day and the subject of Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center came up, because I was telling him I don't think I'd be sober if it wasn't for the people at Touchstone. He asked if I'd ever told you guys that, and of course I have not. I've been sober for 13 months now, and it really hasn't been that much of a struggle. I credit working my AA program, and my experiences at Touchstone. As you're aware, I stayed with you guys several times, and before Touchstone I'd been in multiple other facilities. I can't put my finger on what it is, but there's something unique about Touchstone, and I knew you guys could help me. I didn't know what it was going to take, but I knew it was there, so I kept coming back. I thought alcohol was my problem. Actually, being a non-functioning alcoholic is a huge problem, but Touchstone helped me figure out that alcoholism is only a symptom. Once I started addressing my mental issues and worked on how I interacted with people, the drinking became much easier to address. None of the other recovery centers gave me that awareness, and certainly didn't try to address it. The counselors at Touchstone didn't just help me develop awareness of my core problems, they also worked with me; hacking at them from every angle to figure out what was going to work and what wasn't. Thank you for being willing to let me work through things in my own way, and allowing me to stay beyond the 90 days this last time. Even though I really didn't want to stay, JD was able to show my wife and I that it was the best thing to do, (I think if JD had his way I'd have been there at least a year). Between JD and Monica I always felt secure that they were really looking out for me. I came to think of JD as more of a friend than just a counselor, and I think he understood me better than I was able to understand myself. Also, my wife always loved Monica. I'm unable to simply accept things that are told to me, (heck, you and I have had a couple disagreements). JD understood that and would often provide me with materials to do my own research and come to my own conclusions, which was vital to my understanding, acceptance, and recovery. I'm not drinking, and I've become mostly accepting of life on life's terms. I don't worry about things, and feel like I've found my own version of serenity. That's not to say everything is hunky dory; I'm still not working, and I'm unsure what to do with the rest of life. My background is in Technical Program Management, and I can say for sure I don't want to go back to that anxiety inducing maelstrom. Given my personal experiences, I have put some thought into starting my own recovery center or some kind of addiction focused nonprofit, going back to school to study neuroscience seems interesting, or maybe I'll just become a Walmart Greeter. I may not be sure what I want to do, but I do know that as long as I'm sober anything is possible, including fulfillment and joy. I'm thankful for the help I received at Touchstone, and I'm convinced that no other place could have helped me. So thank you for being there. -Larry
Hi Jill, Thank you so much for allowing me to go to Family Weekend. It was amazing! I’m still taking deep breaths and saying “WOW”. I learned so much! I can’t thank you enough for everything you and everyone at Touchstone Ranch has done for Brad, me and my family. You have been wonderful to work with and I’m so grateful for the experience. If there’s ever any way I can help someone that’s asking for referrals, etc. please feel free to use me as a reference. Thanks again so much! Best always, -Sandy
Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center completely saved my life, before I made my decision to come here I was completely lost I was the most selfish, angry, scared, person I could be. I was also one of the biggest liars you had ever met. My thought process was really messed up. I almost lost everything; my family, who is most important in my life. I would have ended up dead, if not physically dead, emotionally and spiritually. I had no relationship with God what so ever. I was living life like a bump on a log, all I wanted to do was to use drugs and drink alcohol. I was pretty much a slave, they completely controlled me. Making all the wrong decisions, I was in control of my life, or at least thought I was. Coming to Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center really changed the way that I am going to live my life; knowing now that I do have a choice. I choose to stay sober one day at a time; Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center taught me the knowledge I need to go out in the world and stay sober. The most important thing they taught me was when I was in control I was making all the wrong decisions; to give my thought and actions to a higher power. The counselors are awesome people, some of the smartest, most caring, and loving people I have ever met. If you are ready to get sober, Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is the place you need to be. The staff and counselors are all willing to give their all to help you. I have the confidence now that I never had to live a loving sober life. -Kyle
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Recover with the Help of Animals
If you struggle with substance use disorder, you are not alone. Our team at TRRC is available to provide a unique treatment experience that includes equine therapy.
Let us help you get on track to better health and well-being and enjoy the experience of interaction with the animals on our ranch.
Our facility is home to horses, dogs, alpacas, zebras, sheep, goats, llamas, kangaroos and much more!
We invite you to enjoy our serene ranch and an environment conducive to recovery; explore nature and experience the benefits of sunlight for improved mental health and overall well-being.