Completing an addiction treatment program is challenging. And various pharmaceutical and therapy methods are employed to smooth the path to recovery. One of them is AAT – animal-assisted therapy. It has grown in popularity in recent years due to its benefits. They are listed in the given infographic.
Though owning a pet can be a positive experience for a recovering addict, this type of relationship is not considered AAT. AddictionResource authors explain that therapy animals, such as dogs, horses, and dolphins, are well-trained. They are calm, social, and friendly. Also, AAT is goal-directed and tied to a patient’s treatment progress.