Any high-quality drug and alcohol rehab center will use a variety of evidence-based treatment methods for individuals recovering from addiction. These typically include cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, 12-step facilitation therapy, and family behavior therapy, among others. But did you know pet therapy is also a commonly used treatment modality for individuals in addiction recovery?
This lesser-known yet growing therapeutic tool has proven itself to be especially beneficial in the area of substance abuse treatment, although it is used in many other scenarios as well.
What Is Pet Therapy?
According to Healthline, pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal.1 The primary purpose of pet therapy is to help individuals cope and recover from health problems, such as cancer, mental health disorders, or addiction.
Dogs and cats are most often used for pet therapy, but other animals are also beneficial in a therapeutic setting. The type of animal …