Treating a visible problem within a hidden population: A working sports EAP in the horse racing industry

A. J. Schefstad, S. A. Tiegel, A. C. Jones

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In 1986, the University Maryland at Baltimore under the auspices of the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund, Inc., began providing addiction and mental health services to Horsecare workers. The development of this program parallels the history of occupational welfare and job based alcoholism programs which have long been regarded as the precursor to present day EAP's. This paper summarizes the development of on-site treatment programs for Horsecare workers in North America. Horsecare workers have labored long and hard behind the scenes. They have battled addiction and mental health problems in obscurity. Now, in large part due to a few humanitarians, help is available for this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-32
Number of pages16
JournalEmployee Assistance Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 23 1999



  • Backstretch
  • Employee assistance
  • Horsecare workers
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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