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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders 

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders

Florian Birkmayer

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date: 05 August 2021

Equine-assisted psychotherapy is a promising emerging treatment for clients with substance-use and co-occuring disorders that can cause rapid transformation away from self-defeating thought and behavior patterns to a deeper sense of self-awareness, connectedness, and resilience. Reviewed here are the unique characteristics of horses as prey and as herd animals willing to interact with humans. This section will show how they become powerful therapeutic partners. Standards of practice of several equine-assisted therapy organizations are introduced. Studies and data on the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy in substance use and co-occuring disorders are discussed.

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