War Vet Finds Healing Thrill in Adventure Therapy with Cat and Dog
When Stephen Simmons came home from the Iraq War, he struggled to find his place in society. Fighting overseas had conditioned him to expect adrenaline-filled days; returning to a quiet civilian life was a challenge. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) only compounded the struggle. After speaking to his therapist at the vet center, Stephen turned to running and hiking in Oregon's high mountains with his loving pets - a dog named Puppi and a cat named Burma.
Adventure therapy revealed to him that beneath the depression, he really did care what happened to his life. He says, "Adventure therapy has given me immense hope for the future, and a new-found determination to overcome my situation."
As a part of his therapy, he goes on daily hikes and takes in new experiences with Puppi and Burma. It's a lifestyle that keeps him on his toes just enough to feel the thrill of adventure that he craves in his life as a civilian.
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