It is common for many people struggling with substance abuse issues to have furry friends that they cherish as part of their family. Pet friendly drug rehabs, like Opus Health, are able to think outside the realm of traditional treatment settings and use progressive thinking to leverage support in the direction of a sober life.
Checking into a treatment facility is a difficult step to take. For a pet owner, the idea of going an extended period of time without getting to see your pet makes the idea more difficult. When you’re an animal lover, your pet is so much more than just a pet, it is a source of happiness, responsibility, and support. We’re animal lovers too, and we think there are some very clear health benefits from being able to bring your pet to rehab with you.
There are many benefits to choosing a pet-friendly drug rehab, these benefits range from being a smart financial decision, lower blood pressure, supporting the treatment process, and even increasing the success rate among participants.
Benefits of Pet-Friendly Drug Rehab Facilities
Making the Choice to go to Rehab Easier
Frequently, individuals are forced to decide between receiving treatment or not based on their choice to keep pets. You may not have anybody you trust to look over your pet, concerned over traumatizing your pet by being away from them for so long or may not feel emotionally strong enough to be away yourself.
Development of a Sense of Responsibility
Caring for a pet requires a good amount of work, and a good pet owner needs to accept responsibility and make good decisions for the life that they are responsible for. These selfless acts help a person develop a sense of responsibility that can be very beneficial in their recovery goals. Understanding that animals have needs of their own, people in recovery may be more motivated to take care of their health as well.
More Physical Activity
Research has shown that physical activity can help reduce the relapse rate during the stages of recovery. Since many pets require some outdoor activity, exercise, and play, there is an excellent opportunity for addiction treatment programs to encourage healing through healthy physical activity. When someone has an animal that depends on them for various reasons, it often serves as motivation to take steps to keep their pet healthy.
Improved Social Benefits
Pet-friendly rehab centers provide a community for those who have a passion and bond with their pets. Pet communities transcend age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Additionally, pet owners tend to form bonds with other pet owners in recovery whom they meet in pet support group settings. These connections not only help facilitate an appropriate recovery process; they also are a source of comfort and serve as the foundation for your support group (which is an essential part of aftercare, across all addiction treatment programs)
Helping to Develop a Healthy Routine
Pets offer unconditional love and force people into a routine whether they want it or not. These animals bring on patterns and structure which may have been absent in your life before them.
A pet-friendly drug rehab facility can help you create new habits and focus on your sobriety, all while providing a safe, clean environment for your pet while you are in treatment. These routines involve waking up at a reasonable time, getting exercise, social interaction, proper nutrition, knowing when it’s the right time to visit a doctor, and more.
Instant Morale Booster
A person’s mood and emotions can be positively influenced by bringing pets to treatment. Having an animal around can give a person the reason to get up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead of them, instead of focusing on drug use. Benefits of pet-friendly rehab centers include developing meaningful relationships, giving hope for a better future, and moving toward that future.
You can learn many things from animals in settings like treatment centers—what’s more, since animals don’t judge past behaviors, they help addicts avoid humiliation at the hands of human beings they have wronged in the past.
Members of the family are so often overlooked in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Your pet can help you achieve sobriety, but they need extra love and care while recovering. At Opus Health in Orange County, we offer an inpatient treatment facility experience that is elevated by letting you bring your best friend to guide you through your treatment options.
Our pet-friendly addiction treatment center provides a warm, comfortable and caring environment for your pet. We understand the importance of the human-animal bond and strive to provide a setting where clients can heal physically and emotionally while having your pet by their side, helping to ensure each patient in our care has the best chance possible to be in good mental health while overcoming drug abuse.