Equine therapy combines caring for horses with addiction treatment to heal both the body and mind from drug abuse. By working with horses, recovering addicts can practice the skills they need to recover, which means avoid relapse. The calming nature of horses and caring for another creature helps recovering addicts nurture positive personality traits and coping skills. This can even help Ritalin addicts overcome unique challenges in their recovery, because they can practice appropriate behavioral responses to various problems. Combining traditional rehab with equine therapy increases the chances of recovery success, so seek it to promote recovery from an addiction to Ritalin.
How Ritalin Addiction Develops
Ritalin is a highly addictive stimulant that is commonly used to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It by balancing brain chemicals, especially those that encourage hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is highly addictive, especially because who take the drug usually do so for long periods of time. Unfortunately, long-term use causes tolerance, so users will need more Ritalin to achieve the same results. After tolerance develops and people increase their dosage, they may become addicted, which means they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they go long enough without a dose. Other symptoms of Ritalin addiction include the following problems:
- Needing a supply of the drug at all times
- Drug-seeking behaviors, like being preoccupied with getting and using the drug
- Dramatic mood swings
- Sleep disruption
- Problems concentrating
If you or a loved one uses Ritalin and any of these symptoms are present, it is time to get help.
How Equine Therapy Addresses Ritalin Addiction
Equine therapy is especially useful for Ritalin addiction treatment. Ritalin addicts typically suffer from a variety of behavioral issues, but interacting with horses can calm people down enough to focus on how those behaviors are problematic. For instance, riding horses as part of an equine therapy program can promote tranquility, muscle coordination, flexibility and balance, because riders must learn to control themselves on the back of a horse. Also, meeting a horse’s basic needs forces struggling addicts to focus on something beyond their own issues while they practice the skills they learned in treatment. In other words, equine therapy helps calm people down and practice behaviors that promote sobriety.
Find Equine Therapy for Ritalin Addiction
Ritalin is an important part of treating ADHD, but using the drug in ways other than prescribed can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with Ritalin abuse, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to speak with an admissions coordinator who can help you find appropriate treatment.