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Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that uses animals as part of the therapeutic process. AAT can help individuals feel more relaxed, reduce stress, and foster improved self-esteem, all important components in healing from addiction. Additionally, animal-assisted therapy encourages individuals to take responsibility for their recovery by caring for and interacting with an animal which fosters positive emotions and connection to something outside themselves. Ultimately, AAT can be a valuable tool in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, enabling people to make meaningful progress toward lasting recovery.
Animal-assisted therapy is a form of therapy that involves the use of animals, such as dogs or horses, as a part of the treatment process. Animals are used to help individuals with various physical, emotional, or mental health conditions.
AAT has been found to have numerous benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood and self-esteem, and providing social support. It can also help individuals develop communication and social skills, increase motivation, and improve physical functioning.
Dogs, cats, horses, and even smaller animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits can be used in AAT. The type of animal used will depend on the individual’s needs, preferences, and the specific goals of the therapy.
AAT can benefit individuals of all ages with a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and autism. It can also be helpful for individuals recovering from physical injuries or illnesses, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury.
AAT is a structured therapy program that is designed to achieve specific therapeutic goals. Unlike regular animal visits or pet ownership, AAT involves the use of trained animals and trained professionals who work together to provide a therapeutic experience for the individual.
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