Pet Therapy

How does pet therapy help mental health and addiction?

There are many ways that Pet Therapy is helpful to those recovering from addiction and mental health disorders, ranging from emotional support to developing social skills.


Emotional Support

Interacting with animals provides a source of unconditional affection and a sense of companionship, helping clients feel a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of loneliness. They also help individuals regulate heightened emotional responses and difficult feelings.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Animals have been shown to have a calming effect on people, lowering stress levels and increasing positive feelings through heightened serotonin and dopamine release.

Exercising Responsibility

Caring for animals requires daily routines, providing a natural way for clients to develop healthy habits and strengthen their sense of responsibility and care for others.

Social Skills

Participants in Pet Therapy provide a non-judgmental space for clients to express affection and practice communication.

Overall Motivation

Integrating pets in a formal recovery setting can help motivate clients to engage with the rest of their treatment program.

Which disorders can be improved by animal-assisted therapy?


Pet Therapy has been used to treat various conditions and disorders, including:

  • Substance Use Disorders (drugs or alcohol)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic Stress and Burnout

What animal helps with anxiety and depression?


Animals that are typically used to treat substance use and mental health disorders include:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Fish
  • Miniature Pigs
  • Llamas and Alpacas

Pet Therapy at Horizon Recovery


We support our teens through their addiction and mental health recovery by providing a variety of clinical and holistic therapies that serve both mental and physical health.

Our range of holistic therapies includes:

  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Music Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Meditation

Would your teen benefit from a recovery program like ours? Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today.