PATHWAYS OF COURAGE
PRISON DOG PROGRAM
It is with great sadness that Bridges and Pathways no longer manages, is affiliated with or has liability for the “Prison Dog Program” in the Oshkosh Correctional Facility. The Name "Pathways of courage prison dog program" was created and is retained by bridges and pathways of courage.
We wish the Oshkosh team success for the future.
October 15, 2015
SEVERE TRAUMA CAN CAUSE PTSD
These are some of the effects a person can feel:
Anxious and Afraid, Intense Emotional Pain, Unable to connect to family and friends, Walls are closing in, Feeling Alone, Hopeless and Helpless, Overwhelmed, Angry, Guilty for what you Did or Didn’t do or Should have done, Walking Dead, An Empty Shell, Feeling that you lost parts of yourself, Broken beyond Repair, Living in Hell being torn apart by what you have experienced, done or seen.
What it is like living with PTSD?:
Insomnia, Nightmares, Night Terrors, Isolated from others, Don’t want to be a burden to others, People don’t understand, Alcohol abuse, Drug Abuse, Cutting and Burning as punishment and to relieve over whelming stress, Suicide as a way to stop the unending pain, Avoidance of place and things, triggers to certain sounds, sights, tastes and smells that can remind them of a trauma, fearful of people walking behind them, or approaching them, not trusting, fearful of driving under bridges and other areas where bombs could have been tossed, fearful of alleyways, parks, car driving slow.
WHAT CAN A TRAINED DOG THAT IS TAUGHT SPECIFIC TASKS, DO FOR SOMEONE WITH PTSD?
They can give them hugs and kisses when they feel depressed and hopeless, help them when they have nightmares and night terrors, help to create a bridge to others, ease fear when walking down the street, help to bring people back to "focus", help them cope with the sadness, prevents suicide by thinking what will happen to my dog if I die. The dog moves them past things that cause them fear, helps them feel better about themselves, stands watch behind their back or block in front so someone doesn’t get close. Can be taught to click a alarm if there was a specific problem. The dog helps to ease their pain, gives them a sense of security and gives them unconditional love and they can be taught to help people with night terrors and panic attacks. These are just a few of the tasks that a dog can perform to assist with PTSD.
For additional information contact:
SR PAULINE QUINN
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