FEELING SAFE AGAINAnimal-Assisted Therapy
Unconditional love is often our greatest teacher.
When a person lives in active addiction, some may define it as a comfortably numb state, though this is always short-lived. The process of drug detox and subsequent addiction treatment reverses the façade of that former so-called painless existence. Life-altering reality awakens each client journeying through their recovery.
Through this, one of the basic human characteristics is often lost because of drug dependency or as a repercussion of withdrawals. The ability to feel comfortable in one’s own skin can be overrun with self-doubt and internal restlessness, in addition to discomforting physical and mental sensations. These are some of the side effects of the body and the brain’s readjustment to sobriety.
As a client delves into personal environmental and behavioral issues that may have led to addiction, individual and group therapy are integral ways to begin the process of communication. For some, conversation, even confidential in nature, can be emotionally debilitating. Unfortunately, many therapies only provide benefit through client-to-therapist communication.
Animal-assisted therapy bridges the gap caused by insecurity and awkwardness, through nonverbal channels.