Pet-friendly Drug rehab has become increasingly common in the behavioral health landscape. As we discover, more and more, the significant therapeutic value of our relationships with our dogs, cats and other companion animals, more treatment centers are allowing pets to accompany clients to their programs. Addiction and substance use disorder often erode even our strongest and oldest personal relationships; however, our pets’ love remains unconditional, even in the most dysfunctional of circumstances. This type of absolute love, support and acceptance can make all the difference during this emotionally charged and tumultuous process of addiction treatment, and the initial stages of recovery. Our pets very often rescue us as we endeavor to improve our lives.
A Natural Fit: Benefits of Pet-Friendly Drug Rehab
Pets provide a much-needed sense of love, companionship and support. These factors are critical to the treatment and recovery experiences. Pet-friendly drug rehab has gained more and more traction, and with sound scientific reason. The National Institute of Health reports that interacting with animals decreases cortisol (a stress-related hormone) levels and lowers blood pressure. The agency also reports that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost mood.
Pets can also provide a sense of normalcy during the difficult transition into rehab. Although they’re taking steps to overcome addiction and improve their lives, nearly every person who enters rehab does so anxious, vulnerable and at least somewhat nervous about their future. Being able to have their pets with them quells some of this uncertainty, and provides a welcome sense of comfort during this transition.
A Sense of PURR…Pose
Pet-friendly drug rehab also helps clients develop responsibility. Part of the addiction rehab paradigm is teaching clients to live independently, and with pride and purpose. Looking after an animal, and being responsible for its feeding, grooming and exercise every day is a prime gateway to this type of crucial empowerment. A study conducted by researchers at Brown University revealed that a sense of purpose can be a prime predictor of treatment outcomes for cocaine users; the same can be said for those struggling with alcohol, opioids or benzos.
You Don’t Have to Choose
The reality is that a person who is in denial about their addiction, or just nervous about going to rehab, will let any detail dissuade them from getting help. When there is no one to care for their pets, they will often use that as a rationalization to stay in their often-toxic circumstances. In the meantime, they’re becoming a less effective “caretaker” by the day because they keep using. Pet-friendly drug rehab takes the difficulty of this choice away and makes it easier for clients to enter treatment.
Recovery Unplugged Pet-Friendly Drug Rehab
Recovery Unplugged offers compassionate and effective pet-friendly drug rehab at our facilities in Austin, TX and Lake Worth, FL. Clients are encouraged to bring their companions to treatment as they do the critical work of overcoming alcohol and drug addiction. Contact our admissions representatives now to learn more about bringing your pet to treatment.