Program Uses Dogs To Help Recovering Addicts



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A recently-implemented program at The Mission at Kern County is helping recovering addicts beat their addictions with the help of therapy dogs.

“What I’ve done is go through each of the twelve steps and put together themes,” said Liz Kover, director of the Miracle Mutts branch of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. “Dog-related themes that kind of relate to the working of each step.”

The class, which Kover calls “Moving Forward with Dogs 12 Steps at a Time,” is now up and running at The Mission’s new women and children’s center in downtown Bakersfield. The program has already been used at the men’s center, but the current class is a first…click here to continue reading