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Can I Bring My Pet to Drug Rehab?

Going to rehab is already a stressful event for many people. You may not know what to expect, and there are already many issues you will have to consider, like how to step away from your job for a long period of time, whether insurance will cover your treatment, how to tell your friends and family about your addiction, and much more.

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Many Americans consider their pet to be a part of their family, and so when it comes to entering a rehab facility for drug rehab and addiction treatment, the thought of leaving a beloved pet behind can create additional stress and worries such as:

  • The expense of putting your pet in a kennel for 30 to 90 days while you are in rehab
  • Leaving your pet with relatives or friends may be asking too much and may strain your relationship
  • It can be distressing to think about your animal being with strangers for 30 days or longer
  • You do not know how your animal will be treated while you are away from them
  • You may need your service animal to help you with disabilities, for emotional support, or as a guide

These are all valid fears, but they should not be a barrier to your seeking treatment. Even if you are staying away from rehab with the best intentions, the truth is that the worse your mental and physical health becomes over time due to addiction, the worse your pet’s quality of life will become. Your animal friend deserves the best life you can provide, and the first step to providing them with a safe and stable home is to research pet-friendly facilities near you.  

Finding a drug rehab facility that allows your pet to come with you can be a huge relief, and the good news is that for Los Angeles residents, Resurgence Behavioral Health Clinic is pet-friendly. Companion and service animals are important to many peoples’ well-being, and we would not want somebody who needs help with a substance use issue to miss out on treatment because their animal was not allowed, so we welcome service animals and pets on a case-by-case basis.

Finding the Right Pet Friendly Drug Rehab

When looking for pet-friendly drug rehab Costa Mesa, you will first need to do an internet search, and then it is recommended to phone ahead to each treatment center to find out their specific policies regarding service animals, support animals, and pets, as each rehab center will have different rules. Make sure to take your time and find the right program for your specific needs. Although finding a pet-friendly rehab is important, you must also find a facility that offers the types of services that will best help you in your recovery. Some questions you may want to ask yourself regarding treatments, services, and programs to look for in a pet-friendly drug rehab center include:

  • Do they provide a medical detox program?
  • Are their treatments customized to suit each individual patient?
  • Do they have 24-hour clinical supervision during detox?
  • Do they have certified addictionologist or addictions specialists on staff?
  • Is there a continuation of care, with rehab directly after detox?
  • Do they offer outpatient programs and other aftercare options for long-term support?
  • Do they offer dual diagnosis treatment options?

How Your Pet Can Help You in Drug Rehab

It has been proven that when your pet joins you in rehab, they can help you stay comfortable and heal faster. Animals are used in many types of therapy, including recovery from surgeries, diseases, and mental health issues. Service animals are trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability, and animals of all types are often introduced into long-term care facilities and hospitals to lift people’s spirits and provide feelings of hope and calm. People with dementia, schizophrenia, veterans recovering from PTSD, people on the autism spectrum, and even university students during exam time have also found relief from stress, pain, and anxiety through animal visits and caring for animals.

Considering all these benefits, it only makes sense for a rehab facility to allow pets. When you bring your animal to rehab, you will:

  • Have something to focus on besides your withdrawal symptoms and difficulties in rehab. Pets can remind us that there is a life beyond this difficult point, and things will get better soon
  • Feel a sense of responsibility and purpose to each day. No matter how you feel, your animal still needs to eat, go for a walk, and snuggle. You can turn your entire day around by providing your animal with extra care like brushing them or playing fetch, and seeing the joy in their face
  • Feel more relaxed. Animals can lower our heart rates and blood pressure, calming anxious feelings, reducing fear and worry, so you can focus on healing
  • Have companionship with unconditional love. Animals only want one thing, and that is to love you. They are non-judgmental and can remove any loneliness or isolation you may be feeling. You can even talk to your animals, without worrying that they will tell your secrets.

Mental Health Benefits of Pet Friendly Rehab

On top of the emotional support and physical pain relief pets can provide, they also come with many mental health benefits like:

  • Comfort and unconditional love. An animal will give you the support you need when you are at your lowest, and help you feel at ease, so you are better able to take in your treatments
  • Getting you outside, moving your body. A dog needs to go for a walk, and you can use that time to reset and take a break as you focus on what your pet needs. Even a small amount of exercise can boost happiness levels, and you may begin to socialize more with other pet owners or people interested in saying hello to your animal
  • For some people, just having a dependent who they care about, like a pet, can provide them with all the external motivation they need, to be able to provide a better life for their animal
  • The knowledge that you have somebody there for you who is loyal and nonjudgmental can be what you need to release feelings of isolation
  • The spiritual fulfillment of caring for another being other than yourself, an act that provides feelings of self-satisfaction and higher self-esteem

Animal Assisted Therapies

Animal-assisted therapies are a tried-and-true method of achieving certain objectives in therapy, especially when used in tandem with other evidence-based therapy methodologies. In animal-assisted therapy, you may:

  • Visit and/or care for animals at a farm or other facility
  • Keep a pet or animal in your residence
  • Learn to ride a therapy horse

The purpose of animal therapy is to give a sense of calm, safety, and comfort, diverting your attention away from stressful situations (like talking about a difficult subject). Dogs are the most common animal for this type of therapy, but other animals used in animal-assisted therapy include horses, cats, pigs, and birds.  This type of treatment is good for a holistic rehab program and provides benefits like:

  • Improving overall health, well-being, and emotional regulation
  • Increasing self-control and empathy
  • Decreasing anxiety and stress
  • Reducing impulsiveness in people with a dual diagnosis
  • Enhancing patient engagement in treatment
  • Developing feelings of self-worth
  • Improving communication and socialization skills

Will Insurance Pay for Pet Friendly Rehab?

The short answer is yes, insurance will pay for pet-friendly rehab.

The longer answer is that each insurance provider has different ideas as to what “addiction treatment” entails, and you may need to speak with your insurance company to check which treatments and medications will be covered under your specific plan. If you like, you can also call us at Resurgence, and we can discuss treatment options, verify your insurance benefits, and explain any additional costs that are not covered by your plan. We offer payment plans if needed, and we will work to fit your treatment into your budget.

Resurgence Behavioral Health Pet Friendly Rehab Programs

At Resurgence, we will do all we can to ensure you and your pet are comfortable and cared for as you detox and rehabilitate in our care. Our integrated continuum of care will lead you through an inpatient detox program into an inpatient and/or outpatient rehab program specifically chosen for your unique needs, with therapy, groups, educational programs, physical fitness, trauma-informed care, medical care, and more.

We also offer continued care that includes the option to meet with doctors and therapists, attend groups when you need, and maintain ties to our sober community for the rest of your life. To learn more about how to come to rehab at Resurgence with your pet, or to find out more about our multifaceted rehab programs, call us today and we can discuss your unique case. We are looking forward to meeting you and your animal friend soon.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.

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At Resurgence, we accept most PPO insurance. Verify your insurance now.