The Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) in Cincinnati is getting a little help from dogs. The question now is being raised whether or not a dog can really help someone who is recovering.
– CAT in Cincinnati has therapy dogs coming in every first Sunday of the month.
– Most patients are being treated for opioid addiction.
– The therapy dogs are of good help to those recovering because…
Every first Sunday of the month, the doggos go to the CAT and interact with the patients who are with the short-term residential drug and alcohol treatment program. The patients there are usually receiving treatment for opioid addiction. An owner of one of the therapy dogs said that they started volunteering at CAT late last year and they also visit hospitals and schools and visit people with disabilities and autistic children.
One of the patients who recently graduated and has been sober for eight months now shared that dogs really helped her during her recovery. She shared that she already has pets at home but seeing a therapy dog was her inspiration to keep going. The development manager at CAT also shared about being around a therapy dog, “…you’re not thinking about anything else except being right there and present with the dog. When you leave, you carry that with you. For the next couple hours, you feel good.”
Read the informative scoop by Valerie Royzman at – https://www.cincinnati.com/