Equine Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Equine-Assisted Therapy Promotes Personal Development

Stonegate Center, located in  Azle, Texas, is at the forefront of experiential therapy in providing equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) for all of our clients. Through years of research, EAP has been shown to provide higher levels of self-esteem, better ability to cope, and has been increasingly used in individuals that have experienced trauma. It has also been highly connected to better treatment outcomes in those with substance abuse disorders and other co-occuring mental health disorders. Here at Stonegate Center, our clinicians are trained in the EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association) which is client-centered, experiential, and ground-based. This means that our clients are able to interact with the animals through activities other than riding the animals, as they (the animals) provide immediate feedback to our clients. Safety is also a key, which is why in every session there is a clinical specialist as well as an equine specialist, monitoring the animals and their interactions with clients. Many individuals seeking substance abuse treatment have difficulty in relationships, building trust, and understanding who they are. In equine-assisted therapy, the horses are able to provide many of these things for our clients. We encourage you to come take part in this unique experience, learning about yourself and beginning to heal from your addictions through Equine-assisted therapy at Stonegate Center. 

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Paired with other modalities, equine therapy is a powerful tool for change that is integrated within Stonegate Center’s addiction treatment programs. You may be wondering, “Why horses?” Horses offer several advantages including their size. Because of this, they can be intimidating to people and clients will immediately have to overcome fears, much like they will in their current lives to overcome addiction. Horses also have clear boundaries, they do not judge, and have no preconceived expectations or prejudices. They are the perfect animal to begin the process of understanding healthy relationships, which many of clients need. Horses are herd animals, meaning they stick together, relying on each other. This is the perfect picture of how our clients must continue to “stay in the herd” for their recovery, building healthy relationships with others. 

Stonegate Center is proud to have achieved JCAHO Accreditation Gold Seal of Approval, a mark of excellence and symbolizes our continued compliance to The Joint Commission’s high standards, reassuring our clients and their loved one and friends, who choose treatment with us, that they will receive the highest level of addiction treatment and care.  Stonegate center is also a proud member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Azle Chamber of Commerce. At Stonegate Center, you’ll find a safe, modern, welcoming environment where you can focus on healing from addiction and starting your new life in recovery. We are located on a 125-acre ranch in the town of Azle, about 25 minutes from Fort Worth and an hour from Dallas. Our location is far enough away from the hustle and bustle but still close to home.

Stonegate Center Rehab Facilities in Texas

Stonegate Center’s drug and alcohol addiction rehab facilities are located in a safe, quiet and sprawling 125-acre ranch in Azle, Texas. We proudly service the Dallas, Fort Worth and Oklahoma areas, but our reach also extends out from coast to coast. We accept all clients and insurances.

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