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The journey to recovery can be an arduous process, filled with emotional highs and lows. Treatment centers that welcome pets understand the heartfelt bond between individuals and their animal companions. The presence of a pet during treatment can serve as a powerful source of comfort, safety, and motivation. Carrara treatment recognizes the multifaceted benefits of bringing your animal with you during your healing process.

The benefits:

  1. A Soothing Presence

Pets are known for their ability to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. Their presence can create a calming atmosphere, which is essential for individuals in the early stages of recovery. The soothing effect of a pet’s companionship can help decrease feelings of uncertainty and fear, paving the way for a more tranquil healing process.

  1. Sense Of Responsibility

Daily care of a pet can instill a renewed sense of responsibility in individuals and this routine can be beneficial in rehab, where establishing structure is a key component of the recovery process. By caring for their pets, it can regain one’s confidence in their ability to manage life’s responsibilities and stressors. At Carrara, clients can work on their daily routines with their dedicated team to guide them during the early phases of their recovery.

  1. Emotional Anchors

Pets often serve as emotional anchors, offering unwavering support without judgment or verbal communication. During the healing process, a pet’s consistent presence and unconditional love can provide a comforting presence for individuals working through their recovery. Pets can release feelings of calm and happiness, even during the most challenging times. Petting a dog or cat can reduce blood pressure and provide a calming effect. 

  1. Boosts for Socialization

Pets can act as natural icebreakers, encouraging social interaction and helping individuals in rehab form new connections. This can be particularly valuable for those who may feel isolated or withdrawn, as it promotes a sense of community and support. Pets can serve as powerful resources for individuals with social anxiety, assisting the individual to open up and connect with their peers.

  1. Physical Activity

Many pets require regular exercise, which can encourage patients to engage in physical activity. Exercise has a wide range of benefits and walking your loved one is a wonderful way to start reengaging in physical activity.

  1. Promoting Routine

Caring for a pet comes with a great deal of responsibility and commitment. By working on a care routine and adhering to a feeding schedule, can help clients establish a daily routine for themselves. A structured schedule is often a cornerstone of the recovery program and beginning that process with your furry friend can be the jumpstart individuals need.

  1. Mood Regulation

Studies have shown that “Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure. “Other studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood.

How Do Pets Enhance the Recovery Process in Luxury Rehabs? Let Us Take a Look

Pets can play an essential role in enhancing the recovery process by providing emotional support, reducing stress, improved self-esteem, physical exercise, and encouraging social interactions. Their presence can significantly improve overall wellbeing and their commitment to recovery. A recent study (Kerr-Little, A., Bramness, J.G., Newberry, R.C. et al.) found the following benefits of dog ownership with substance use disorder:

  • Increased social connections
  • Daily structure
  • Sense of agency and purpose within themselves
  • Can build connections where patterns of disconnect exist.

What to Consider When Bringing a Pet to Luxury Rehab

  • Understanding the treatment center’s pet policy ensures a smooth integration for your companion.
  • Assessing your pet’s temperament is essential to ensure they are suitable for a community living environment.
  • Consider the practical aspects of pet care during your stay to ensure their wellbeing. 
  • Asking questions about other animals within the program to assess if this will be a problem with your

What Types of Pets Are Typically Allowed in Treatment?

Pet-friendly rehabs often allow dogs and cats but policies on breeds and sizes may differ.

  • Dogs and cats are generally accepted, providing comfort, companionship, and a wide range of benefits.
  • Some rehabs may have breed or size restrictions.
  • Check specific policies regarding pet types and requirements by asking a dedicated admissions representative at Carrara treatment. 

How to Prepare Your Pet for a Stay in Luxury Rehab

Preparing your pet for a stay in luxury rehab often involves ensuring they are comfortable with new environments, up to date on vaccinations, and can adhere to the facility’s rules. This can also include bringing enough food for your pet, any medications they take, and a leash despite their training level.

Can Pets Truly Impact Prognosis?

Studies and anecdotal evidence show that pets can significantly impact the success rate of recovery and treatment compliance accompanied by a comprehensive treatment plan. By providing companionship, reducing stress, encouraging physical activity, calming presence, routine, and unconditional love, individuals’ success rates can greatly improve with the support of their beloved pet.


Kerr-Little, A., Bramness, J.G., Newberry, R.C. et al. Exploring dog ownership in the lives of people with substance use disorder: a qualitative study. Addict Sci Clin Pract 18, 57 (2023).

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