A Case Study Using Animal-Assisted Therapy to Promote Abstinence in a Group of Individuals Who Are Recovering from Chemical Addictions

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AbstractThis research describes the influence of animal assisted therapy on a group of individuals recovering from chemical addiction. King's theory of goal attainment provided a framework. Six to eight individuals responded to questions, outlined by a semi-structured discussion guide, related to their recovery in the presence of a dog. The presence of the dog resulted in altered barriers to communication between the nurse and clients, which in turn resulted in enhanced transactions. The transactions allowed the participants to assimilate information and improve their feelings of self-esteem. The improved self-image allowed the volunteers a greater understanding of their recovery process.

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