WGVU Morning Show – Therapy Dogs in Addiction Treatment

therapy dog in addiction treatment

In memory of Santino – Sanford’s beloved therapy dog.

Sanford Director of HR and New Initiatives, Jacqueline Green Campbell, might not seem like the right person to interview about therapy dogs. But, her life before Sanford included years as a veterinary technician. And recently, when Sanford’s beloved therapy dog and pet, Santino, passed away, Jacq wrote the eulogy. Her letter about Santino’s life garnered thousands of responses from all over the country.

 

And the response solidified what we have always known at Sanford. Animals can have a profound impact on outcomes in addiction treatment and recovery. So, who better than Jacq to sit down (virtually) with Shelley Irwin from the WGVU Morning show and talk pets in treatment? Jacq and Shelley discuss the benefits of pets in telehealth. And how a therapy dog can open up an otherwise unresponsive client.

 

When a therapy dog is in a group, it really changes the whole dynamic. Pets are attuned to our emotions, especially those trained for therapy…they will seek out the person who needs them the most. Maybe it is someone who is having trouble opening up, or has trauma they are trying to work through. A big paw on a lap helps people feel at ease while doing the hard work…opening up room for a life in recovery.

Jacqueline Green Campbell, Sanford Director of HR and New Initiatives

 

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Founded in 2015, Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as a substance use disorder, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving the state of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s five facilities in Greater Grand Rapids, is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a growing team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient and telehealth patients. For more information, visit www.sanfordbehavioralhealth.com