How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Treatment: A Troubled Boy Makes His Way Through the Treatment System
By Craig Rogers
“Treatment”, it was a nasty and frightening word for someone who had learned to self-medicate through various methods of alcohol and illegal drug use. I wanted to hang on to my vice. It was what helped me cope with everything going wrong in my life. I can’t argue that drugs and alcohol made my life better or solved my problems. I’d be lying if I said they did. They just got rid of the problems I had and created new ones. Even so, they are my crutch. I wanted help and I wanted to stop worrying. That’s what everyone kept telling me I needed. I started seeking help because I wanted to get better, but that was really the same reason I started drugs. This was just another step in my life to find out if there was actually something better out there. I scoffed at the initial methods at first, but I didn’t have any other options if I wanted my life to be different.
When a young man is reaching out, he may not be cleared headed enough to know which decisions will be best for him. Ashcreek Ranch Academy uses a combination of evidence-based therapy, equine therapy and group counseling. They embrace the method of Positive Peer Culture to treat struggling boys. If you have a troubled boy who needs help, call (435) 215-0500 for more information.
Who Me? A Horse Whisperer
If anyone would have ever told me that a horse was going to save my life, I would have asked them if they were the one on drugs. I didn’t think it was going to work, but it was intriguing and something new to try. They called it natural horsemanship at the academy. Watching one of the leaders crouch in a group of horses seemed senseless, but I couldn’t take my eyes away either. I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to play out. Mental health professionals have discovered activities involving horses can be an effective form of therapy with very high success rates. The emotional benefits from the interaction helped build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness. It also alleviates feelings of loneliness, depression, and isolation. This unique therapy can be the connection a troubled young adult needs to make his way through the rehabilitation process.