Petting a dog or cat or spending time with your pets can reduce your blood pressure According to the Mayo Clinic, pet therapy benefits a variety of conditions, including drug addiction. More and more therapy centers are allowing both personal pets and therapy animals into their facilities to help their patients recover. Recent research indicates that pet therapy has many benefits for recovering addicts.
Many times in rehab and recovery you can feel alone and afraid. Pets are extremely comforting when you are lonely and scared. Most people find having their animals around them comforting and calming. A familiar face in a sea of new faces and someone to comfort you when you need to be comforted can make all the difference.
They Teach Unconditional Love
Pet therapy can help you feel more comfortable talking to others in rehab.
Pets teach unconditional love as well as provide it. No matter what you have done in the past, a pet will still love you. They do not judge you on your past actions only what you are doing now. They only want the basics of food, shelter, and affection. By loving you unconditionally, they can teach you how to love again.
If the rehab you are in allows your pet to join you, they can give you some of the comfort of home. If they allow therapy dogs and cats in then each visit provides you with some time to be with a nonjudgmental creature. Most people feel better with animals around, even those with allergies can benefit from therapy dogs. Several breeds do not shed dander like an ordinary dog. These breeds are most often used in therapy environments.
They Help Restore Trust
Not only are pets and therapy animals conversation starters and help you speak to other people in the rehab, they can help you restore your trust in others. The pet trusts you and that can help you trust in others. Most people are more comfortable around animals. They tend to help people open up more to both the pet and others in the rehab. Having animals around can also help build a sense of community and caring among the people around you.
They Help to Treat Mood Disorders
Pets are known to help people with mood disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many people who suffer from deep depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric illnesses find that having an animal around to comfort them is calming. Therapy dogs are now allowed where most people are and travel with their human companions.
Most everyone has his or her own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Throughout the course of the day, these “unique qualities” may have little to no effect on a person’s ability to function effectively. In cases where these qualities start to affect one’s quality of life, the seeds of mental illness may be at work. Mental health….
When you hear the phrase “free long term drug rehab” what comes to mind? Anybody with an addiction wants to overcome their problem as soon as possible. At the same time, these people realize the importance of getting the right help, now and in the future, to ensure a better life. There is a lot….
When you have a loved one who you are particularly close to and you realize that he or she may be in trouble it can be devastating. Sometimes, we notice that our loved ones need help for their alcoholism long before they are willing to admit that there is a problem—but what is a loved one….
Opiates such as heroin and certain prescription medication such as OxyContin and Roxies can be deadly when an individual becomes addicted to them. The euphoric effects of opiates are what initially cause individuals to begin using the drugs but in a short time, the individual can become highly addicted both physically and psychologically to these….
Prescription drug abuse is widespread across all cultures, ages, and socioeconomic statuses most often beginning with the legitimate prescription from the family physician or the diversions of those prescriptions to others. Types of treatment for prescription drug abuse vary by facilities and service offerings. According to the NIDA,” Treatment must take into account the type….
Finding the best drug treatment program for an addict is like finding a needle in a haystack. There’s thousands of drug rehab programs both residential and outpatient but how do you choose the best one? Residential drug rehab programs are designed with the addict’s comfort in mind but each one is very different from the….
The mugshot of people who have used meth over the years and rapidly progressed from average looking people to near death are plastered all over the internet—the infographic is called the “Faces of Meth” and for good cause. Unfortunately, very few people have had the opportunity to actually hear the real life stories behind the photos….
Finding a rehab center that is both local and beneficial to you specifically can be tricky. But there are ways of finding the best local rehab centers with a little investigation, careful searching, and planning. There are many individuals who can help you find great local rehab treatment facilities as well as websites you can….
For a lot of people, 12 step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous, are mistakenly assumed to be part of all drug and alcohol treatment. For people who reject the fundamentals of the 12 step model, such as belief in a higher power, this confusion may lead to people avoiding rehab because they believe they will either….
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the therapeutic community is the “best-known residential treatment model,” although many individuals do not actually realize what it entails or know how long treatment even lasts. Treatment Lengths for the Therapeutic Community Model “Planned lengths of stay [for therapeutic community patients last] between 6 and 12 months.”….