A golden retriever on national pet day

April 11th marks National Pet Day, where we celebrate the love and joy all our pets bring us. While we love our pets every day, we can take April 11th to do something extra special for them. Whether we realize it or not, our pets can actually play a fundamental role in our recovery. In anticipation of National Pet Day, we take a look at some of the benefits of pets for our recovery.

What are the benefits of pets in recovery?

Our bond with our pets can grow over time to be as strong as that with any other family A group of puppies and a puppy paw for national pet daymember. And just like our family members, pets can play an important role in helping us with our recovery. The following are just some of the ways in which our pets benefit us in recovery.

Sense of responsibility

Our pets give us a sense of responsibility and purpose in our day-to-day lives. This responsibility will help motivate us to be the best versions of ourselves.

Help with cravings

Cravings can be an unfortunate part of early recovery. When cravings hit, spending some time with our pets is an excellent way to snap out of the thought process.


Our pets also provide us with the need for accountability. Accountability is fundamental to achieving sobriety. They give us an extra reason to get out of bed every morning, for they count us for their well being.

Stress relief

Sobriety, and life in general can be stressful at times. Having our trusted pet that loves us unconditionally while we are going through stressful times can be an invaluable asset to our sobriety.

What does science say about our connection with our pets?

Studies have shown that interactions with our pets cause oxytocin levels to increase in test subjects. Oxytocin is a neuropeptide that has been demonstrated to have a role in bonding, socialization, and stress relief. (1) This clearly demonstrates the immense benefit that pet therapy can have in addiction treatment for individuals seeking recovery.

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What is pet-friendly treatment?

The benefits of our pets while we enter a new life of recovery are recognized by some treatment centers, such as True Recovery! True Recovery allows clients to bring certain pets along with them while they begin their new journey in sobriety.

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/175303708X390455