Animals and addiction, who knew that this could be true? Well, you did if you read our last post on how your pets, and other animals can engage in substance abuse! In the previous blog, we started out this discussion with examples of research that studied the effects of locoweed on horses, opiates on rats, cocaine addicted bees, and more.
Today we'll continue with even more crazy examples that proves animals, just like humans, can become addicted to substances. Did you know that Legacy Freedom provides the most affordable drug and alcohol rehab in Columbus OH? Call us today to learn how you can beat addiction in 2017.
More Examples of Animals and Addiction
Addicted Guard Dogs
On the sadder side of this topic, animals can get addicted to drugs for some of the absolutely worst reasons. A few years ago there were reports out of Scotland that drug dealers were abusing dogs by injecting them with heroin to keep their stashes safe. Eventually, the dogs would become addicted to heroin, and the owners would them force through several stages of withdrawal. This was done to increase the dog's level of addiction and made them want to protect the drugs at all cost. Furthermore, these addicted guard dogs were also trained to attack anyone wearing police uniforms.
Doped Up Goats
Mountain goats, specifically, have been studied because of their narcotic addictions. In some of the most remote parts of the Canadian Rockies, there's a special type of lichen that grows on the rocks. This lichen contains a particular type of narcotic, and yields no nutritional value, but the mountain goats in the area will risk their lives to find it. Rumor has it that these goats will even grind their teeth down to the gums from eating so much of the narcotic lichen off the rocks. If someone you love has a problem with addiction, call Legacy Freedom for help. We offer the best drug and alcohol rehab in Columbus OH.
Snails On Speed
Here's an odd story for you, back in 2010 at Washington State University in Pullman, researchers wanted to see how crystal meth affected a snail's abilities to form long-term memories. Barbara Sorg is a biochemist at Washington State University in Pullman. She's also the study's co-author. Sorg said, "We were not trying to addict the snails," and that, "We were trying to see how meth might create a better memory in the very early stages of the brain process."
In the research study, two sets of snails were trained to do specific tasks. One group of snails consumed meth-laced water, and the control group only drank regular water. The group consuming meth were able to learn tasks more quickly than the snails drinking regular water.
The goal was to try and understand how the brain works as it's becoming addicted, and to seek out clues that will help explain the steps in the process. By using animal brain patterns, scientists will try to reverse engineer them to help humans with addiction problems.
So there you have it, many examples of animals showing signs of addiction. That means you need to always keep your animals safe and away from alcohol and drugs. If you're wondering how to get help for your own substance abuse problem, keep reading to see how Legacy Freedom helps families beat addiction.
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