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Goat Therapy Program Introduced at Addiction Treatment Facility

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A new goat therapy program will introduce farm animals to a rehab facility as part of a treatment plan for recovering addicts, People magazine reported.

South Carolina's Split Creek Farms will donate five goats to Maryland's Ashley Addiction treatment facility in support of its new therapy program that will include daily interaction and care of the goats, according to the report.

Sandra Coffman, a representative of Split Creek Farms, explained that the animals could play a role in helping those undergoing drug rehabilitation.

"Much like pups and parolees, these goats will bring unconditional love, companionship and purpose to some young people who may have nothing else to live for in their world," Coffman said, according to Fox Carolina.

Coffman told WSPA that she was an alumna of the addiction clinic and underwent treatment there in 2015.

Three months out of recovery she came across the goat farm and soon became a volunteer at Split Creek Farms.

"You can be yourself, you can cry, you can work through emotions … you can be happy, you can be sad … and they're just going to be there," Coffman said, according to People magazine. "Much like pups and parolees, these goats will bring unconditional love, companionship and purpose to some young people who may have nothing else to live for in their world."

According to Goat Yoga, an organization dedicated to animal therapy, research has tracked notable benefits of interacting with animals, including the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain.

Being around animals can stimulate the brain to release levels of oxytocin and dopamine, which can create a happier state, while stress hormones such a cortisol drop.

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