A man holds his dogs while in recovery

There is no denying the strong loving connection many of us have with our pets. In fact, most of us view our pets no differently than we view family members and loved ones.

It should come as no surprise then that True Recovery is a pet-friendly facility for our clients seeking recovery.

Here we break down the obvious, and maybe not so obvious, benefits of attending a pet-friendly treatment facility.

Help with socializing

One of the major benefits of seeking treatment is beginning recovery with people who areA pet sits with his companion at a sober living home seeking help for the same problem as you. With that said, social interactions while newly sober can be quite challenging for us in the beginning.

Pets provide the perfect icebreaker for us and have tremendous ability in helping us form those ever so important social connections with our peers in recovery.

Stress Relief

While early recovery is an exciting time of rebirth for us, it unquestionably can also be a stressful time. We begin to take a hard look at our actions, and ourselves which can be quite difficult.

Having our trusted pet that loves us unconditionally while we are going through this stressful process can be an invaluable asset to our sobriety.

Sense of responsibility and purpose

We sometimes can be plagued in early sobriety with feelings of uselessness and lack of motivation to get out of bed. Our trusted fury companions, however, give us a sense of responsibility and purpose each and every day.

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Help with cravings

Cravings are yet another unfortunate reality of early sobriety. Cravings, however, are only temporary; and anything we can do to break that train of thought will end the craving sooner. Pets provide the perfect resource for helping to stop cravings as they start.

Comfort in a new place

Sleeping is often times hard to come by in early sobriety, which can be compounded by being in a new place. Having our pets with us in while we are in a new place can help bring us comfort and a feeling of security in our new surroundings.

So what does science say? Pets and oxytocin

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.

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