FEED THEM, NOT YOUR ADDICTION –
Sept. 20, 2022 – “Over the years, my patients explained how much their dogs meant to their physical and their mental health,” he said. “The dogs add stability. They give their owners a sense of responsibility and accountability. A sense of purpose. And the dog provides unconditional love. I don’t look at using dogs as a gimmick, or a PR stunt, but as genuine treatment that targets risk factors. They help with stress.”
Going to 12-step meetings helps. Having a sponsor helps. Spirituality helps.
Why wouldn’t a lovable dog?
Mike Hamrock has seen the future of this variation on recovery treatment, and it’s an 11-month-old golden retriever named Sawyer.