Bring Your Pet To Treatment
Morningside Recovery is one of the few pet-friendly rehab centers. Pets provide the comfort, companionship, and unconditional love many clients need to recover from addiction and mental health problems.
Health Benefits of Pets
Emotionally, pets give us the gifts of acceptance, unconditional love, and non-judgment. They also make great listeners and are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and the physiological stress response. A companion animal also serves as a healthy point of reference outside yourself and can aid in bonding with your housemates. A gated backyard and dog run ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.
Petting an animal provides physical contact that many people desperately lack and need. The therapeutic touch of a cat or dog releases feel-good hormones that make people feel happier and more relaxed. Studies show that owning a dog can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Emotional Benefits of Pets
Lack of trust is one of the biggest challenges in recovery. People with personality disorders and addiction problems lack trust in themselves and other people. Non-judgmental support and unconditional love from an animal can help clients cultivate empathy, rebuild trust, and feel more open to receiving help.
Social Benefits of Pets
Not only do pets make great companions, they also make it easier to relate and socialize with other people. The animal is a great topic of conversation and a common interest of rehab clients. Having a pet close by creates a greater sense of security in social situations.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Samuel ButlerNotebooks, 1912
Bringing a pet to rehab helps clients maintain a feeling of normalcy during treatment. Caring for an animal becomes part of a healthy routine at Morningside. We encourage clients to bring their pet because the non-judgmental support of a loving pet can make a big difference in recovery.