What You should know about Pet Friendly Rehab


Seeking help for addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit narcotics can involve staying at a residential rehab for a month or more. Many pet owners grappling with substance use disorders may initially perceive this to be a barrier to engaging with treatment.

Fortunately, many pet-friendly rehabs allow you to connect with the evidence-based treatment you need without the additional stress of leaving your furry friend at home. Addiction and recovery can provoke feelings of loneliness and isolation. When you head to a pet-centered facility, though, you’ll have your most faithful companion by your side from detox to discharge.

Some pet-friendly treatment centers will offer more than an environment that welcomes animals as well as humans. Most of the best drug and alcohol rehabs supplement research-backed interventions like medication-assisted treatment and psychotherapy with a variety of holistic therapies. Pet lovers can seek rehabs that include AAT (animal assisted therapy) as part of a comprehensive and immersive recovery experience.



Pet friendly drug and alcohol rehabs are the same as traditional treatment centers, although policies regarding pets will be much more flexible than in a regular rehab.

If you are intimidated by the thought of engaging with a residential rehab program for alcoholism or drug addiction, the knowledge that you can take your pet along with you may help you to feel less overwhelmed.

Pet-friendly treatment centers like Gratitude Lodge will make your pet feel welcome rather than simply tolerated. Your treatment team may involve your furry friend in your customized treatment plan. This can be beneficial while you become accustomed to life in rehab, and it can also alleviate stress when you transition from rehab into sober living.



Animals have played a healing role in many societies for thousands of years. AAT (animal-assisted therapy) was an accidental discovery. American psychologist Dr. Boris Levinson identified the potential benefits of animal therapy in 1961.

Many drug and alcohol rehabs now incorporate animal-assisted therapy into comprehensive treatment plans for alcoholism and drug addiction. Studies show that AAT sessions can reduce anxiety levels and alleviate pain.

NIH (National Institutes of Health) reports that animal-assisted therapy could help in the following ways:

  • Reducing blood pressure levels.
  • Increasing awareness and mindfulness.
  • Helping with pain management.
  • Decreasing cortisol levels and reducing stress levels.

Beyond this, pet-friendly rehab may deliver the following benefits:

  1. Get more exercise when you initiate your recovery alongside your pet: Exercise is proven to boost mood. In the early stages of recovery from addiction, it can be challenging to move around even though you know it will make you feel better. When you need to consider your pet’s wellbeing as well as your own, though, you should get outside at least once each day.
  2. Allow the unconditional love of your pet to enhance your attitude and mood in early recovery: Your pet will not judge you and they will love you unconditionally. This can help to impart a more positive attitude as you engage with addiction treatment.
  3. Engage with addiction treatment with less stress: If you go to rehab with your pet alongside you, this can provide you with a welcoming sense of familiarity at an otherwise stressful time.
  4. Recovery alongside your pet helps foster accountability: By feeding, grooming, exercising, and cleaning up after your pet, you can improve your concept of being accountable to others. Gain confidence from looking after your furball as you make positive and lasting lifestyle changes at a pet-friendly rehab.
  5. Avoid loneliness by connecting with a pet-friendly treatment center: Many people addicted to alcohol or drugs become socially withdrawn and isolated. Your loving and loyal pet can help you to feel connected and engaged as you attend therapy sessions at an animal-friendly treatment center.



If you need a rehab near you that will welcome your pet, search online for “pet-friendly rehab in Southern California.”

You could also consult your healthcare provider and your social network for recommendations or referrals.

After searching online and offline, you should have a shortlist of suitable pet-friendly rehabs where you can kickstart your recovery from addiction. Contact the treatment centers to confirm their policies regarding pets and to establish whether animal-assisted therapy forms a part of addiction treatment programs.

If you need help right away, shortcut the process by considering pet-friendly inpatient or intensive outpatient rehab at Gratitude Lodge in Southern California.



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

We specialize in the inpatient treatment of addictions at our three locations in California – Long Beach, Newport Beach, and San Diego. Our luxury residential rehab allows you to overcome your addiction to drink or drugs in a space free of judgment, distractions, and triggers for substance use. All Gratitude Lodges are inclusive and pet-friendly environments.

For those with a dual diagnosis –  addiction co-occurring with a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression –  we can provide integrated treatment of both conditions.

Once you have detoxed from alcohol or drugs, your treatment team will create a personalized treatment plan for you drawing from the following evidence-based interventions:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Daily meetings
  • 12-step immersion program
  • Holistic therapies

In the case of both opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder, MAT (medication-assisted treatment) can help to streamline withdrawal and promote ongoing abstinence.

Reach out to admissions today at 888-861-1658 for immediate assistance.