Pet-friendly rehab allows you to connect with the addiction treatment you need without leaving your beloved pet behind you. There are many dog-friendly rehab centers in California that allow you to focus on detox and recovery without the additional stress of rehoming your pet. Other treatment centers utilize various forms of AAT (animal-assisted therapy) for a more immersive recovery experience.


Pet-friendly treatment centers appreciate the emotional support and companionship pets provide to those kickstarting their recovery at residential rehab.

Having your dog alongside can help make you feel more comfortable during the challenging phase of withdrawal and early recovery. As you progress with your recovery, your pet’s presence can make you feel more at ease as you create new and healthier routines.

Choosing the right drug or alcohol rehab can be time-consuming. If you want to take your dog with you to residential rehab, you should first call the treatment centers on your shortlist to establish that they have a pet-friendly outlook.

To shortcut that process, consider Gratitude Lodge where we will make sure your pet is as welcome as you here at our luxury California rehab.

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NIH (National Institutes of Health) reports that animal-assisted therapy can: 

Reduce blood pressure levels.
Teach mindfulness and awareness.
Decrease cortisol levels, reducing stress.
Help with pain management.
In addition to the many potential benefits of engaging with animal-assisted therapy, pet-friendly rehabs allow you to benefit in the following areas:


Recovery from addiction can be an intensely lonely experience at times. Many people feel that nobody understands what they are going through. If you feel this way, it can be tempting to withdraw further from others, often leading to increased feelings of loneliness and possibly episodes of depression. With your pet by your side, though, you’ll never feel alone, and you’ll always have a friendly face offering unconditional love and support.

If you don’t have a pet, you can still benefit from interacting with animals during your recovery at Gratitude Lodge.

Mental Well-Being
Not only are they cute, but pets also provide an easy endorphin boost. During substance abuse recovery, your brain has to learn how to produce endorphins on its own again. Interacting with furry friends can be relaxing, and they’ll be at your side to encourage other feel-good activities, like exercise.

You’ll learn to take small steps toward greater responsibilities with a pet, who will be there for you during and after addiction recovery. When your stay at the Gratitude Lodge is over, you’ll be able to continue healthy habits and routines in your new life with an old friend.


Animals have played a part in healing for many centuries, so recovery support dogs are not a new phenomenon. 

Animal-assisted therapy was first systematized when Dr. Boris Levinson presented a paper – The dog as a co-therapist – at the 1961 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. The paper reported how pets could help both children and adults engaged in psychotherapy sessions.

Today, it is widely accepted that animals can play a beneficial role in many therapeutic settings, including treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.

When military veterans diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) interacted with therapy animals as part of treatment, this can mitigate anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

This study shows that patients with psychiatric disorders reported reduced anxiety levels during sessions at a hospital involving animal-assisted therapy. When animals are involved in the therapeutic process, this can also reduce pain and pain-related symptoms, according to this study.

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Having a companion along for your journey goes beyond playing fetch and listening to soothing purrs. Pets provide:

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If you are ready to engage with treatment for alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder, we can help you here at Gratitude Lodge.