Wolves Are Healing Vets With PTSD In Ways No One Knew Was Even Possible
Marsha Gillis 11/19/2015
For veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there is an alternative to medication called wolf therapy. In this video, it give us a glimpse into the Warriors and Wolves program, which takes place at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Lockwood Valley, California.
There are numerous veterans who return home from military duty with PTSD, which makes it difficult for them to adjust to everyday life. While many soldiers turn to medication or typical therapy, there are other ways to heal that some have found to be more successful. At the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, their 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 animals that have been rescued from terrible situations themselves. Veterans volunteer to care for the wolves, which leads to connections being made. Each wolf selects an individual veteran to befriend. Once they do, they never stray from that person. For the veterans, having the loyal companionship is what helps them heal, once again becoming calm and confident.