Animals accept us as we are, unconditionally and without judgment. Service dogs can offer individuals in recovery a sense of acceptance when it is most needed, at a time when these individuals are still preparing to assimilate back into their families, work, school, and society as a whole.
Having a therapy dog involved in sessions between a therapist and a person in treatment helps make the person in treatment feel more positive about therapy. Because positive attitudes about the treatment process can have a beneficial effect on treatment outcomes, studies indicate that animal-assisted therapy can be effective in helping to achieve desired outcomes when they are used in the rehab process. Having friendly animals in the room also lowers blood pressure. This can make talking with a therapist easier.
How it Works
Pet therapy is where volunteers take their gentle, trained pets to different settings, like hospitals or schools, to cheer up people who are dealing with difficulty, such as after surgery or during difficult treatments. This type of therapy is also simple, providing the gentle joy of being around or petting a happy animal. It is not to be underestimated, however. Relieving stress can also help the body produce hormones that aid in physical and emotional stability and health.
Drug Addiction Florida
If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, don’t hesitate to call the Strawberry Center. We are here to help those affected by addiction to turn their lives around with carefully planned treatment.