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Three Dynamic Healing Modalities for the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders: Aromatherapy, Equine Therapy, and Creative Arts Therapies 

Three Dynamic Healing Modalities for the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders: Aromatherapy, Equine Therapy, and Creative Arts Therapies
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Three Dynamic Healing Modalities for the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders: Aromatherapy, Equine Therapy, and Creative Arts Therapies
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E. Hitchcock Scott

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10.1093/med/9780190275334.003.0022
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date: 05 August 2020

This chapter comprises three subchapters, and each subchapter offers a brief introduction to 1 of 3 healing modalities: (1) aromatherapy, (2) equine therapy, and (3) creative arts therapies. All 3 healing processes are considered to be well regarded in the field of addiction treatment. Yet the credibility of each one could benefit from more well-designed, large-scale, randomized controlled trials. Even so, there is significant research supporting the efficacy of each of the 3 treatment modalities. Safety is especially important with impulsive patient populations, such as those with dual diagnoses, addiction and trauma. All three modalities are able to be powerful, and at times transformative, when practiced by qualified health practitioners. For patients who struggle with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders and adverse childhood experiences, especially those who have felt as if they were failed by traditional treatment programs, a non-traditional treatment modality may provide just the right intervention.

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