We offer clients the opportunity to bring their pets with them to treatment. Getting sober is a stressful time for many people and we recognize that having a pet around can make a huge difference. Pet ownership has shown to have many therapeutic benefits and we ensure our clients have all the help they can get during this rough transition.
Pets are very simple. They don’t criticize and they are easy to please. Whatever happens, you can always count on them to greet you with love and excitement the second you walk in the door.
People in early sobriety have a hard time feeling like they fit in just about anywhere and the unconditional love that pets give comforts and reminds them they’re never alone. Research has shown that spending times with pets lowers feelings of loneliness.
During treatment, recovering addicts are most likely just thinking about themselves. They’re anxious and overwhelmed now that drugs are now out of the picture. Pets give them a sense of purpose and teach them to be selfless, which can be critical to helping them to stop the self-centered thinking and behavior which fueled their addiction in the first place.
Taking care of pets teaches responsibility, which greatly improves mental health. To establish higher self-esteem, we must do estimable acts. This is where pet ownership can really help. Taking proper care of a pet involves developing a daily routine (walking them, feeding them, etc.) and building healthy habits that don’t just serve themselves.
Research shows that pet companionship reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, both very common problems among people in the early recovery. There are few things that can lift your spirits like the presence of an animal. It’s virtually impossible to stay mad when your dog is licking your face.
Studies have even found that people who suffered heart attacks showed to recover faster and survive longer when there was a pet with them.
Early in treatment, many people feel uncomfortable in their own skin and tend to isolate. Pets are great way to help them to break out of their shell. Pets makes for a great conversation starter, forcing them to engage in casual conversation.
Having a pet around helps people undergoing treatment have an easier time coping with stress, developing productive habits for recovery and forming relationships during treatment. This collectively makes for a much more comfortable treatment environment where they will be more receptive to taking suggestions and getting the help they really need.
Morningside Recovery is a pet-friendly addiction treatment provider located in the heart of Orange County, California. We offer traditional 12 step-based and alternative treatment options like SMART Recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and need help, please don’t hesitate to call us anytime at (949) 313-1161. Our team is available anytime 24/7 to answer any questions and will help find the right treatment option for you.