They say that the first step towards overcoming an addiction is accepting that you have a problem. And that’s exactly what I did 8 months ago. Admitting that I needed help and couldn’t do it alone took a lot of courage, but it was the smartest decision I’ve ever made. After seeking help from a reliable program, I found myself on a path toward sobriety and a bright future overcoming my PTSD. To top it all off, I have my service dog from Canines For Heroes by my side, who has become an essential part of my recovery journey. I want to share the story of how my service dog has helped me not only stay on the right track but also provided me with a sense of purpose and hope.
My road to recovery was not smooth, and there were times when I felt like giving up, but my service dog kept me grounded. Canines For Heroes is a non-profit organization that provides highly trained specialized service dogs to Veterans and First Responders with PTSD,(some with physical disabilities, and other mental health conditions). I got in touch with by referral from one of my therapist, and they were more than happy to pair me with a service dog that best suited my needs.
Ever since I met my service dog, life has never been the same. Not only is she a loyal companion, but she also helps me cope with triggers that could potentially lead me down the path of addiction. Having her by my side has given me a newfound sense of confidence, and I no longer fear relapses or slip-ups. She is always there to remind me that I am not alone and that we are in this together.
One of the biggest benefits of having a service dog is the constant companionship. Often, when going through recovery, one can feel isolated and alone. But with my service dog, I always have someone to talk to, play with, and be my constant support. Sometimes, I find myself talking to my dog like she is a person, and it helps me to process my emotions and thoughts much better.
Moreover, having a service dog has given me a sense of purpose and responsibility. Taking care of her has made me a better person. I have become more responsible, consistent, and patient. These qualities are vital for someone undergoing recovery, and having a furry companion to help teach them is invaluable.
Today, 8 months sober, I am grateful for my service dog from Canines For Heroes. My life has changed, and I have found a sense of purpose and meaning that I never thought was possible. I am not only taking care of myself but also providing my service dog with a loving and caring home. And with her by my side, I know that my future is bright.
I want to encourage anyone who is undergoing recovery to consider getting a service dog. They are more than pets; they are loyal companions who have been trained to help their owners in unimaginable ways. Canines For Heroes is just one of many organizations that offer this kind of support to Veterans and First Responders who needs it. My service dog has played a significant role in my recovery journey, and I am forever grateful for her. She has become an essential part of my life, and I am excited to see what our future holds.