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This paper is an investigation into the possibility that Environmental Enrichment (EE) could be a protective factor for people with substance use disorders. The focus of this capstone project will be based on two main sources: “The effect of housing and gender on morphine selfadministration in rats” (Alexander, B. K., Coambs, R. B., & Hadaway, P. F., 1978); and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (2010) by Gabor Maté. Alexander et. al, (1978) and Maté (2010) offer suggestions that relate to key parts of EE. The effect of housing and gender on morphine self-administration in rats (Alexander et. al, 1978) and Hungry Ghosts (Maté, 2010) will be reviewed for common themes. Finally I will examine how principles of the effect of housing and gender on morphine self-administration in rats (Alexander et. al, 1978) and Hungry Ghosts (Maté, 2010) can be applied to principles of EE to develop a usable plan for people with substance use disorders.
Ambrose, John, "Environmental Enrichment and Substance Use Disorders" (2016). Counselor Education Capstones. 41.
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