Addiction and animal therapy: How a pet can help you overcome anything

Ask any pet owner and they’ll likely tell you about the many benefits of pet ownership. But what most people don’t know is that there are health benefits to owning pets. We know that dogs can be service animals, but there’s even more to their therapeutic effects. And possibly the best part is that your pet already offers therapeutic benefits without any training.

Someone who is recovering from addiction can especially benefit from owning a pet. Most research has been done on dogs and some on cats because these are the most common domesticated animals. Below are some conditions that pet ownership has been shown to help improve.