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Tackling the addictive element to hoarding

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By Josh Loeb

Methods successfully deployed to help gambling addicts and alcoholics overcome their addiction are being trialled in cases involving animal hoarding.

Bronwen Williams, a registered mental nurse with an interest in hoarding behaviour, told attendees at the World Horse Welfare conference that high levels of recidivism – the tendency to reoffend – suggested there was ‘probably an addictive element’ to the harmful hoarding of animals.

She said part of the solution may lie in a technique called motivational interviewing, whereby a listener prompts a client to examine why they are engaging in a problematic behaviour rather than arguing with or judging …

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