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Therapy Animals and Addiction

Addiction therapy is constantly evolving to include new and innovative approaches to recovery.Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, is a relatively new form of treatment designed to build on pre-existing human-animal bonds. Interactions with animals have proven to help with many physical and mental issues. Therapy animals can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while simultaneously boosting self-esteem and improving social interactions.
Therapy animals can be used to achieve numerous goals in recovery. These may include:
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Increasing verbal communication
  • Developing social skills
  • Improving interactions with others
  • Increasing motivation to exercise
  • Decreasing feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Reducing boredom
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Improving mood
  • Teaching empathy and nurturing skills

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