Drug and Alcohol Recovery Dogs
Hill Alcohol and Drug Treatment strives to have a comfortable, homey environment to foster a warm, caring environment. For us, part of that means having a couple office dogs. Scientific studies have shown that dogs help people become happier and healthier.
According to Rebecca Johnson, a nurse who heads the Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, studies have been focusing on the fact that interacting with animals can increase people's level of the hormone oxytocin. "That is very beneficial for us," says Johnson. "Oxytocin helps us feel happy and trusting." Which, Johnson says, may be one of the ways that humans bond with their animals over time. We believe that to be true. There is never a day our resident dogs dogs, "Rex" and "Chloe," or one of the foster dogs we often have, don't brighten people's day and put them at ease.
Rex came to us as a stray and has also survived a brutal four coyote attack. He survived, despite all odds and wanders the office daily, greeting and begging. His favorite activity, second only to eating, is comforting and giving love to new patients.
"Chloe " was rescued from the shelter. At first very timid and shy, she has now opened up and is a mainstay of our "Grief Group"
"Micah " A Chihuahua, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse" Hill Recovery alcohol and drug treatment center adopted him and the patients benefiting from his company named him Micah, which means "new beginnings."