The wolf stealthily padded up behind the veteran. The man heard the panting. As he turned he came face to face with one of nature’s top predators. It was eye-to-eye contact… What happened? You’ll have to watch the video below.
Wolf therapy for veterans
At Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Lockwood Valley, California, wolves are the therapy tool for returning veterans who suffer from PTSD. Adopting the motto “Healing Through Nature,” the facility brings veterans on board to help with the wolves with surprisingly powerful results.
It has become a viable alternative to drugs and other therapies.
The facility rescues wolves who have been abused. The animals seem to sense that the men have also been through trauma.
“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.” Matthew Simmons, Co-founder
They have 40 animals at the Lockwood facility. Some have been through terrible trauma- and each one seems to adopt one of the men as part of the pack. But only one man per animal- for some reason each wolf only allows one veteran as its own.
“They kind of teach you how to be calm and confident. It has some deeper meaning when they accept you…” veteran member of the program
The veterans have had trouble adjusting to life in the civilian world. Some turned to alcohol to relieve their difficulties. This program restores a sense of purpose and confidence again.
Wolves- not just for veterans
Though wolf therapy is relatively knew, it has been around for a few years. It has been used in some addiction programs for young adults, and addicts – both male and female – to regain the ability to be independent of drugs and alcohol. Companionship, even if it is a top predator, seems to turn the tide for the people involved in these programs.