Animals have long been companions of humans for centuries. They are known for being fiercely loyal and providing a long-lasting friendship. Besides being an amazing friend, pet animals are also being used in a wide variety of addiction recovery therapies like Pet Therapy. These therapies are known to increase beta endorphins, decrease stress level and reduce hostile emotions.
Inspirations for Youth and Families are dedicated to alternative approaches in teen addiction treatments. We understand that treatment is not a “one size fits all” procedure and have developed an array of methods to work with teens to improve their lives and the choices they make. Pet assisted therapy is another form of therapy we have incorporated to better assist and teach teens about creating better habits and staying on the path of soberness.
Benefits of Pet Therapy:
Increases beta endorphins– What are beta endorphins? This is a hormone produced by the brain and nervous system to reduce pain. For people in recovery transitioning to sobriety can be uncomfortable at first. People prior to starting therapy have reported feeling nauseous with mild headaches and dizziness. With the increase of beta endorphins these symptoms can be easily cured making the journey to recovery easier.
Decreasing Stress Levels– Stress is a normal part of everyday life and when it becomes overwhelming. It can also lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Pet assisted therapy helps lessens stress levels and proves to be a create tool in helping people recover. These therapies are viewed as learning and healing experiences especially for teenagers.
Reducing hostile emotions– Recovery is an emotional time and hostile emotions are a natural part of the process. Animal assisted therapy has been proven to lower anger, hostility, tension and anxiety. In fact pet therapies have been recognized to instead promote positive emotions such as empowerment, patience, trust and increased self- esteem.