The Violent Actions of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

The Violent Actions of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Parents, wives and husbands often fear their loved one when they get drunk or high.  They become an entirely different person and often start fights, abusive language and outrageous behavior.  It is scary to imagine your life being lived with such a person.  When a man or woman becomes addicted, they no longer act like themselves.  The sweet, loving person that you once cared for has now become a monster in your face.  There is nothing worse than feeling like there is no hope when your loved one is out of control. Addicts often know that they have a problem, but don’t want to get help for it.  Getting sober takes time, commitment and responsibility.  Most addicts want to live a carefree life of doing whatever they feel like.  They often see getting high as being the only form of happiness.  They will often steal from their family members and friends just to get the drug.  Addicts often lose a sense of themselves. An author by the name of Julie Myerson claimed that her son had become violent to her while he was addicted to drugs.  Her sweet, loving son named Jake turned into something that she did not expect.  He once hit her so hard that she ended up going to the hospital.  If that was not bad enough, she found out that he was teaching his younger brother how to use drugs.  In case you want to read her book, it is entitled, “The Lost Child.” A story like Julies is not uncommon now a days.  Many parents are at a loss of words when it comes...
How Can Pets Help You to Become Sober?

How Can Pets Help You to Become Sober?

Dogs are loyal to humans and often help people to get through their drug and alcohol addiction.  Animals just want to give us love and companionship.  Anyone that gets near a dog says that they make you feel happy when you are sad.  They often just want to play games and have us feel a sense of love, peace and understanding. There are some pet friendly rehabilitation centers in the United States.  A clinical psychologist by the name of Aubrey Fine says that “animals are good for us”.  Animals make us feel needed and wanted because they give us love.  There is a bond that you will always form with an animal that is special to you and that pet. People that are getting help from pet approved facilities are: teenagers, young adults and those with low self-esteem.  Many treatment centers are beginning to see the benefits of having animals becoming a part of their therapy.  It in fact, makes a client feel understood, loved and wanted.  This is something that an addict often does not feel. Some dogs are being trained by prisoners in order to help them to learn to care for something. It helps them during the incarceration process.  Prisons like the Utah State Prison is a fine example of how this program helps prisoners and veterans alike.  The dogs are trained by the prisoners and then given to veterans that will be using them later on.  Both the dogs and the veterans are receiving love and support. Inmates often feel that they have a purpose when caring for the animals.  They also get licks, happy...