Pet Therapy for Addiction Treatment

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Amazing Benefits of Pet Therapy in Addiction Treatment

There are many challenges that addiction brings to a person’s life. As drugs and alcohol take over, it can become increasingly difficult to make emotional connections or become emotionally available to those around us.

. Addiction builds major barriers, but therapy can help break them down. Our treatment professionals at Banyan Detox offer many unique therapies as a part of our addiction treatment in Stuart, and pet therapy has been proven to be one of these effective programs. Pet therapy can help with successful addiction treatment.

How Pet Therapy Helps with Addiction Treatment

Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, is available at Banyan Detox. When combined with other therapies, such as psychotherapy, pet therapy can help increase the success of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Pet therapy helps to:

  • Reduce patient anxiety
  • Improve overall perception of treatment
  • Improve nonverbal communication
  • Break down emotional barriers
  • Forge stronger emotional connections
  • Improve patient trust in therapists
  • Strengthen therapeutic alliance

There are many challenges present during drug and alcohol treatment, and pet therapy can help patients to overcome these challenges. Anxiety is a common feeling during treatment, and pet therapy can help reduce that feeling. Whether utilized on an individual basis or in a group setting, pet therapy can help improve the outcomes of addiction treatment.

Pet Therapy and Treatment Combinations

Our pet therapy program is used in conjunction with other treatment programs and therapies. The presence of therapeutic animals can help patients open up and make the most of other treatment approaches. For example, when used in combination with psychoeducational group therapy, pet therapy can help the entire group form better emotional growth. It also reduces anxiety, putting patients at ease for more effective recovery growth.

Finding Pet Therapy Program Options

Pet therapy alone cannot help someone find sobriety, but it works wonderfully when utilized alongside other therapy approaches. At Banyan Detox, we offer pet therapy along with many other treatment options. If you are seeking effective approaches to pet therapy and substance abuse treatment, we encourage you to contact our team to learn more about our services. We incorporate pet therapy into many of our personalized treatment programs, helping to make sobriety a reality for our patients.


Call 888-280-4763 today to learn more about drug treatment, alcohol abuse programs, and pet therapy programs.

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.