For the longest time, pets have been a huge part of the human experience. Pets, whether a dog, cat or another creature, can provide us humans with many different benefits. Did you know that pets are known to help aid in positively uplifting humans during stressful times, mental health issues and more? Pets really are a man’s (or woman’s) best friend!
While many drug addiction rehabilitation centers do not allow pets, Renewal Health Group’s locations do. We are proudly a pet-friendly drug rehab. We believe that the power of our furry-friends can be extremely helpful, not only in providing companionship, but also impacting patients in the addiction recovery process in other ways as well.
What are some impactful, real ways pets can make a difference in drug addiction treatment? Keep reading, below, to find out.
1. PETS ARE GREAT FOR OUR MENTAL HEALTHh
During stressful or difficult times — including recovery from addiction — pets can be extremely helpful in uplifting and positively impacting a person’s mental health. A recent study interviewed people living with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD. During their research, the study found that those who had pets felt a deep sense of stability, continuity and purpose for their life, compared to the people that did not own a pet.
We know that addiction recovery can be a difficult, often uncomfortable, and rocky road. But having a pet can offer a soothing, loving companion in times when it may feel isolating or more difficult. Pets are there to provide judgmental affection, love and support.
2. PETS PROMOTE RESPONSIBILITY
More often then not, those who struggle with drug addiction also struggle in keeping up with their responsibilities. They are often so caught up in feeding their addictions that they ignore family, work obligations, bills, etc. Sometimes, addictions can completely take over one’s life, causing a loss of homes, jobs and important relationships.
When a person begins the process of recovering from an addiction, it can feel as though a million things are weighing on their shoulders. However, with each step toward recovery, small introductions can be made to help responsibilities be incorporated back into their lives. Taking care of a pet is a great way to do that.
Pets provide a sense of responsibility that also comes with fun, love and support. In the beginning stages of recovery, this can be incredibly beneficial to a person. Having this responsibility creates a sense of purpose, a sense of normalcy and shows the person that they are counted on. Oh, we love our furry-friends for this.
3. PETS PROVIDE A SENSE OF CALM
In a time when things might feel stressful, pets can provide a sense of calm in the storm. We know that addiction recovery can be challenging, when confronting an addiction, and approaching getting better and staying sober. This time, more than any, pets are great for providing that comfort and calm nature that is so desperately needed.
4. PETS PROVIDE IMPROVED SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
For those that are fighting the battle against addiction, it can feel hard to focus on anything else but that. However, social interactions are still important in this time. Pets provide an improved social connection with others. People may bond over the cuteness of a pet or have a great conversation over the joys of being pet owners. Overall, pets can bring those in rehab to interact with others.
5. PETS FEEL LIKE FAMILY
Pets are like family. Going into rehab can feel daunting, as people leave their family and friends for awhile, to work on themselves. Being able to bring their pet along might make this transition easier, as they are able to bring a member of their family along with them. Additionally, sometimes, owners may not have a place to safely leave their pet when they are away. Being able to bring their pet along eliminates this problem, while providing so many wonderful benefits to the person in need.
6. PETS PROMOTE EXERCISE
When in recovery, staying active and fit is an important part of the process. As bodies go through intense change, proper fuel and exercise are needed. Luckily, having a pet can promote daily exercise. Whether taking a dog for a walk, or even a run, pets are a great way to get active while having fun!
Convinced, yet? Pets can be extremely beneficial in helping those who are going into addiction treatment. As we’ve seen, pets can be helpful in: positively impacting mental health, promoting responsibility, providing sense of calm, improving social connections, promoting exercise and more! Unfortunately, not many treatment centers allow for furry-friends to tag along. Luckily, there are so who do. Renewal Health Group’s facilities love seeing our patients bring their beloved animals along.
To find out more about Renewal Health Group’s beautiful facilities and pet policy, please call: (888) 226-7413