Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy for drug detox and substance abuse treatment is growing in popularity since animals make wonderful companions and bring mental health benefits to patients.

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What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Therapy?

Patients experience several therapeutic benefits from the inclusion of therapy animals in our evidence-based treatment practices. Animal-assisted therapy programs are meant to improve patient outcomes as interactions with therapy animals enhance therapeutic healing, reduce the production of stress hormones, and increase the level of endorphins in the human body. In short, animal assistance increases patient adherence to their recommended treatment plan and motivates them for long-lasting addiction recovery.

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Animal Assisted Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Equine-assisted therapy teaches clients how to manage their behavioral and emotional responses by reading the horse’s responses. Each session helps clients improve their communication skills and reflect on their behavior because of the horse’s ability to read and mirror human emotions. This animal-assisted activity allows clients to improve their social interactions, self-management, and personal responsibility. Horses aren’t the only animal that creates a therapeutic benefit. Canine therapy is one of the most popular methods of animal-assisted treatment. Therapy dogs make excellent companion animals, and caring for one creates responsibility and purpose. Feline therapy offers excellent mental health benefits. Cats help to relieve loneliness, depression, and anxiety. For older adults, cats are also easier to take care of.

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Advantages of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

There are numerous benefits associated with animal-assisted therapy sessions used in substance abuse treatments. Well-supported scientific studies reveal the efficiency of animal interactions in reducing the violent attitudes of psychiatric patients. This curbs the number of setbacks and advances speedy addiction recovery. Participating in animal-assisted therapy treatment in NJ at Avatar Residential Detox provides patients with the following benefits:

  • Improved social and communication skills.
  • Reduced anxiety.
  • Lessening feelings of loneliness or isolation.
  • Improved emotional comfort.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Decreased anger and depression.

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Animal Assisted Therapy for Dual Diagnosis

The health benefits listed above depict how animals can respond to humans in healing ways. Animal-assisted therapy programs provide you nonverbal support for subtle emotional cues. Animal assistance and pet therapy can also help patients struggling with mental health disorders improve their social skills. Animal-assisted therapy programs increase the success rate of rehabilitation treatments and have been proven to be effective in treating various conditions like:

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Social Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Depression
  • PTSD
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Animal Assisted Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment

Animal-assisted therapy is a therapeutic approach where clients are given opportunities to interact with dogs, cats, and horses in a controlled setting. For many individuals, interacting with a therapy animal while undergoing treatment for substance use disorders can positively transform the therapeutic environment, improve communication skills, reduce anxiety, and increase the odds of a successful long-term recovery from addiction.

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Animal Assisted Therapy at Avatar

Most rehab centers offer standard 12-step treatment programs, detox services, and routine group therapy sessions. Avatar Residential Detox Center, a residential care facility unlike any other facility in New Jersey, provides you with several evidence-based treatment options as well as animal-assisted therapy in NJ. We believe the inclusion of therapy animals in our individualized treatment programs in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy will increase long-term recovery odds. Contact us today to learn more about our professional animal-assisted therapies for addiction recovery or explore alternative treatment options.

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