Solutions 4 Recovery now offers a pet-friendly policy for its Southern California addiction and dual diagnosis rehabilitation programming. Allowing clients to bring their beloved pet to rehab can enhance the treatment experience, as well as reduce anxiety that often accompanies entering a program. According to Jacqueline Malani, Director of Detox for Solutions 4 Recovery, “Working with therapy animals has been shown in many studies to ease stress related to mental illness. Simply petting an animal has been shown to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, which can help people struggling with chronic illness as well as stress.”
Solutions 4 Recovery views the pet-friendly option as an amenity that can help prompt someone to enter treatment. Knowing they will have their faithful companion on board for the duration can help overcome one of the most common deterrents to treatment, the thought of leaving their cherished pet behind for an extended period.