Americans love their pets, with 84 million households having at least one furry, scaled, or feathered resident. Pet and animal therapy during addiction treatment has been shown to help patients relax and focus during treatment - even for those of us without pets at home.

Why is Pet Therapy Part of Treatment?

Researchers have long known that animals help us enjoy positive moods and lower stress. This is why some addiction treatment programs include pet therapy in their array of detox services. If you have a pet at home, though you won't be able to snuggle your own, pet therapy can also a sense of comfort when you need it most.

Studies also show that pet therapy works. For many years horses have aided people in recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Equine therapy is now a mainstay of many detox and rehab programs. But other therapy animals help even more and in different ways than horses.

dog participating in pet therapy

The goal of pet therapy is to help you learn more about yourself and open up during treatment. Animal therapy has a way of reducing stress, depression, and anxiety in your life. This is particularly true during detox when you need comfort from symptoms of withdrawal like depression and anxiety.

Animals Help Us Heal from Co-Occurring Disorders

Suffering a co-occurring condition of mental illness with addiction is surprisingly common. Whether you suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, trauma, or PTSD, these provide only some examples of conditions that animals help. Animals soothe your anxiety and depression, even helping 60 percent of people feel more relaxed and upbeat after interacting with animals.

Pet therapy also works well because it encourages you to socialize, move around, and come out of isolation. When you're spending time with animals, specifically therapy animals, you may find yourself coming out of your shell more. Animals help to break down the barriers we put around ourselves - particularly when we're hurting.

If you have an animal at home, you may find that you have greater motivation to recover to get back home with them. There are many new experiences you can share with your pet in sobriety, so this drives you to focus on recovery even more. With that motivation, you seek the therapies and medications you need for your mental illness. This motivation also brings a higher chance of making the right changes in your life and for better mental health.

Where do I find Pet Therapy?

Spring Gardens Recovery in Spring Hill, Florida provides a medically supervised detox to end your drug addiction. Led by a medical director renowned for his experience, Spring Gardens Recovery offers a wide range of addiction therapies and services, including an animal therapy program for your personal wellness.

Programs of Spring Gardens Recovery include:

All of these services and therapies take place in an upscale environment where you will feel comfortable and safe. Other amenities include private TV, Bluetooth headsets, lounges, beautiful grounds for walks, and housekeeping. You also enjoy the services of private chefs, sauna, patio areas, and 24/7 support from on-duty technicians.

You can enjoy a better life after recovery from drugs or alcohol. Let Spring Gardens Recovery ensure your most comfortable and safe journey into that recovery. Contact Spring Gardens Recovery now at 866-244-9556 and learn more about pet therapy and our other options for addiction treatment.