Horses in Recovery
In my life, I have been to the depths of darkness. And I have been restored to a life of light. I have been granted choice filled hope more times than I can keep count. This seems to be my special power in life. I’m a comeback kid and horses have been part of my restoration and recovery every time. In fact, horses seem to have a lasting and life or death impact in my experience. As a result, I am on a mission to help others find hope, embrace change and believe in themselves. Incorporating horses in my recovery has enriched my life.
Acceptance in Community
Upon departing Serenity Vista’s holistic retreat, I moved to Skyland Ranch in Gold Bar, WA. I knew I wanted horses in my recovery. It felt like coming home having been raised on a 2,000-acre farm in the mountains. This program for men in recovery involves horse and ranch life, equine assisted therapy, acceptance in a community and offers love and hope at a time a person may not feel that. For
Emotional, Mental, Spiritual & Physical Health
A firm commitment I made to myself at this point was to work on my personal health – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically – in order to actually eventually be available to professionally serve others. I also hired professionals to help me build my vision. I made a commitment to myself to never be without a horse again and my personal horse, Buddy, came into my life. He’s perfect for me and his personality mirrors the self development areas I desire to grow – how ironic?!?! Two major lessons I have learned about myself to this point are that:
- I need to be willing to ask for help from others who surprisingly are eager to help me.
- My self will often get me less desirable outcomes t
hanwhen I turn my will over to a power greater than myself. This could simply be turning it over to the collectivewill of the group’s power and wisdom.
Emerge With Horses
The backbone of Emerge with Horses is offering a rite of passage that involves
My approach is holistic and highly customized. I find personal insights all over and I meet people where they are. For example, I got a major breakthrough in my confidence and drive to unstoppably create Emerge with Horses from the movie A Star is Born. In
Alcohol – the 3rd Largest Cause of Preventable Death in the USA
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide annually. An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Drug overdose deaths rose from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,237 in 2017. Given this reality, I’m always looking for learning and growth in my surroundings and this story is just one example.
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This is the second of 3 posts in an invited article series. Serenity Vista is grateful for these inspirational submissions from Jake LeClair of Emerge with Horses.