Having a strong support system throughout your recovery is essential to working toward long-term sobriety. You will forge new relationships with other people in drug addiction recovery as well as with yourself but sometimes you might feel like you just want to see your friends and family. While you can’t bring your friends and family with you, at The Discovery House you can bring your furry friends to help aid in your recovery process.
Since family members or friends may not know how to navigate the relationship that has been damaged as a result of addiction, it is very easy to feel lonely as you begin your recovery journey. Having a pet as a companion through your recovery can maintain a channel of unconditional love and acceptance. Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, having a close bond with your pet can help you feel more comfortable during your stay at The Discovery House residential rehabilitation center.
“Our counselors at The Discovery House recognize the important role that a pet can play in his owner’s recovery from drug or alcohol addiction,” states McKay Whiting, co-founder of The Discovery House. “Stress and addiction affect the brain in similar ways, so battling one generally means battling the other.”
“The stresses of life can trigger cravings or a relapse, so it’s vital to keep calm,” adds Whiting. “Getting close to a pet is a great way to combat stress. New arrivals at The Discovery House are encouraged to bring their pet with them since the pet responsibilities can help give an addict the focus they need to treat their addiction.”
The Discovery House, a Joint Commission accredited rehab center located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, utilizes a variety of treatment programs that allow each recovering client to receive the individualized care they deserve. The pet friendly Southern California recovery center offers a variety of inpatient substance abuse treatment programs to help drug addicts and alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety.
Each client at The Discovery House receives customized care to end their dependence on prescription drugs, heroin and other opiates and/or alcohol in order to live a sober life.
For more information about The Discovery House call (855) 203-7930 today.