Clients will construe well-trained therapy dogs as welcoming and friendly. Therapy dogs are required to be of a calm temperament to accommodate contact with clients who are unfamiliar to them, as they comfort clients through body contact. We have seen a positive change from interactions between our trained dogs and even troubled, angry, and reclusive clients. This is because people tend to find compassion and empathy from nonjudgmental and unconditionally loving animals they encounter. We want our clients to experience this acceptance, and love again. We’re so excited for you or a loved one to find joy with our furry friends at our facility. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 833-397-3422.
Animal Assisted Therapies and Addiction
Today, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is used quite often to engage in interactions that can assist clients in re-establishing trust relationships with others, while improving their anxious feelings and stress levels. We have found it to be extremely effective in people suffering from anxiety, depression, and addiction. With AAT being so beneficial, we also integrate it with other therapies to treat various diagnoses.
Since individuals going through the recovery process may have physical, emotional, and mental challenges, animal-assisted therapy can help to restore healing and a healthy lifestyle. The animal-assisted program at SJRP understands that addiction can cause many people to feel lonely, afraid, angry, and depressed. AAT has proven to have a huge positive impact on recovering clients of all ages. Social, emotional and even cognitive functions improve when a client does not feel alone, and in the meantime, the client learns how to care and spend time with an animal. Having to be responsible for a four-legged friend, one feels sensible and caring towards the animal, possibly bringing out emotions, moods and behaviors they have not experienced in a long time.
Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT):
- Increase in Socialization Among Clients
- Stabilization of Emotions
- Increase of Self-Worth
- Elevates Nurturing Emotions
- Provides Pleasure
- Decreases Stress
- Reduces Anger & Depression
- Teaches Patience & Builds Trust
- Sense of Empowerment
- Reduces Anxiety