One day, a young boy was out working on his father’s farm when he found an iron wedge lying on the ground in the field. Knowing that it had been misplaced, he picked up the wedge and started to carry it over to the shed where it belonged. As he was walking over to the shed, he heard his mother’s voice calling him inside for dinner. After a long day’s work, he was very tired and hungry, so he placed the wedge in between two branches of a young oak tree his father had planted a few years before. He then resolved to come back right after dinner and take the wedge to the shed.
Horses play a large role in our program at Triangle Cross Ranch. We firmly believe that learning to care for and ride horses can help young boys learn a thing or two about responsibility, hard work, accountability, patience, and trust, among many other good qualities. We use equine therapy to help the boys destress and have fun as well as integrating horsemanship into the recovery and reformation process.
One of the most common co-occurring disorders accompanying addiction is depression. This disorder can leave us feeling unmotivated, tired, and can even cause physical pain. It can be impossible to manage addiction when depression is rocking the boat, so it’s essential that this disorder be treated as well. Recognizing the symptoms of depression can let us know when it’s time to get more help, and can help us to avoid an addiction relapse. Sometimes what we mistake for run-of-the-mill sadness is actually mild depression. If we can learn to recognize bouts of depression early, we’ll be much more successful at managing it. [Read more…]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD) affects a huge amount of children in America today. In fact, the CDC reports that over 10% of children are diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. This issue is especially common among boys, with males being three times more likely to experience ADHD. [Read more…]