Veterans With PTSD Heal Through Therapy With Wolves

For veterans who suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there is an alternative to medication that’s making a buzz called wolf therapy. In the following video, we get a glimpse into the Warriors and Wolves program, which takes place at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Lockwood Valley, California.

There are tens of thousands of veterans who return home from combat with PTSD, making it difficult to adjust to everyday life. While many soldiers find success with medication or typical therapy, research has found other ways to heal that some have found to be more successful. The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center’s mission is to heal through nature. Co-Founder and Veteran Matthew Simmons says, “The idea is that you’ve got to give someone who’s been through a severe trauma an opportunity to heal. And we believe that Warriors and Wolves program and a back to nature setting does that.”

The facility houses 40 rescued animals that have suffered terrible situations themselves. the veterans volunteer to care for the wolves, which creates a bond between the 2. The wolve’s select an individual veteran to befriend, and once they do, they never stray from their human. For the veterans, having this loyal companionship is what helps them heal, giving them calmness and confidence. It’s like two different hurting species helping to heal each other, which is a beautiful thing.

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