Hollywood actor Ben Affleck has been going through a rough patch for a long time. His alcohol addiction and estrangement from wife Jennifer Garner have taken a significant toll on him, as evident from the various photos circulating online. However, the Batman actor has been trying hard to make things right and it seems it's horses who're helping him achieve that.

The Mirror claims to have learned from a source, that as part of his recovery, Ben Affleck has also been taking equine therapy. "Working with horses has really helped Ben through his issues. The clinic he went to is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and offers fishing, hiking and rafting along with the equine therapy. It's a central part of the alcohol programme to bring feelings of hope," Halina Watts of Mirror UK claimed to have learned from a source.

The report from Mirror also mentioned that Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner has been impressed with her estranged husband's determination to correct his ways. She has reportedly put their divorce on hold. This is a good sign as it appears the two of them might eventually be able to save their marriage. Mirror also learned from the source, "Ben and Jennifer still live in the same house and have created an amazing space for their kids. She has been incredibly supportive and Ben is just focused on getting better."

Animals, especially dogs and horses, have been used in therapies to treat patients, ranging from children to old people, who are suffering from depression and other such diseases. It is said that the innocence and purity of animals help those that are depressed. Interacting with them distracts one from their sorrows and other negative emotions. Through animals, one gets to connect with nature, where complex human generated conflicts have no place. Thus begins the healing process. Affleck also apparently loves dogs and has three pooches at his home.

On 15 March, Ben Affleck announced on his Facebook page that he has completed an alcohol addiction treatment, "I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery."