It’s well known that pets have proven healing qualities in humans. Pets are often used for therapy in both hospitals and aged care settings as well as for those suffering anxiety and other mental health difficulties. Additionally, having a pet has been shown to increase your chances of making a full recovery from addiction.
If you’re considering a pet to help you on your road to recovery, we’ve put together a list of the proven benefits you can look forward to.
Pets Give Unconditional Love
Pets provide something that other humans sometimes can’t always give. During recovery, pets will offer you an unconditional love that will be there whenever you are feeling lonely. Companionship from pets has been known to be of great benefit to all, and recovering addicts are not exempt. Pets will happily be there during your midnight cravings and difficult stages, loving you completely free of judgement.
Pets Have a Calming Effect
Reducing stress during recovery is an essential part of avoiding a drug or alcohol relapse. Pets are an effective way to reduce stress. It has been scientifically proven that interacting with your pet can lower oxytocins levels in your brain, reducing stress levels and helping you feel calmer. As long as your pet is easy to manage, your pet will keep you relaxed.
You Will Exercise More
Physical health is just as important as your mental health when you are in recovery. If you need to walk your dog or even just get outside and do the gardening while your cat basks in the sun, you’re likely to be fitter and healthier. A healthy body leads to a healthier mind which will help you avoid triggers that can lead to a relapse in recovery.
Pets Will Hold You Responsible
Some people in recovery won’t be ready to bring home a pet, and that is perfectly fine. It’s important not to underestimate the responsibility required to care for a pet, no matter how big or small. However, the responsibility can also be a positive thing. Pets give you something you must come home to as they rely on you. This can give you a boost of self esteem as you cater to the needs of another living thing other than yourself.
At Zen Detox, we encourage owning a pet to assist you during recovery and are more than happy to support you in discussing responsible pet ownership. We also offer 12 months of contact after you leave us at Zen and can follow up on how your new pet is going.
To find out more about the Zen Detox rehabilitation centre in Auckland, call us now on 0800 936 4357. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction triggers, don’t hesitate to contact us today and get started on the road to recovery.