At California Pet Friendly Drug Rehab we believe that the presence of an animal at the residential treatment center helps to create a home-like atmosphere which provides the clients with a feeling of normalcy. It has been found that spending time with a residing pet while completing addiction treatment enhances a client’s emotional and social interactions. Residing pets also leave clients with a special sense of warmth and comfort that only an animal can provide. This special feeling provides reassurance and encouragement to clients as they move between classes, therapy sessions or after meetings. These feelings coupled with a newfound responsibility to care for something other than one’s self often helps motivate an addict to successfully complete their drug rehabilitation program.

Once a person has successfully gone through detox, they will need to identify the reason for their addiction. Then they will need to attend therapy to work through the unresolved emotions that are surrounding the underlying issues. While in therapy clients will also learn new and healthy ways to cope with daily stressors. Which will serve as alternatives to using drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms. This is where Inpatient residential addiction treatment comes in. It is the most popular type of addiction treatment. It is what most people think of when they think of rehab. Most programs are a comprehensive 30, 60, or 90 day duration where the client lives on the premises of the facility for the specified length of time. Inpatient residential treatment provides around the clock structure and support to patients. This is due to the fact that the staff and clients live in the same house. This type of rehab typically takes place in a residential setting. It can range from houses located in suburban neighborhoods, to a farm house located on a ranch, and even includes luxury spa like retreats.

Clients will spend their time in a homelike atmosphere for the duration of their rehabilitation stay. Many residential treatment centers train their staff members so they can provide a familial environment to their clients. This living situation allows the client to feel secure and comfortable. The relationship between staff and client feels more like family then clinical. Residential inpatient rehab provides each patient with the needed structure and comprehensive support system they need to achieve recovery. Clients are able to learn new and healthy habits that will replace their old ones. Newly learned coping mechanisms will allow them to deal with stressful situations positively instead of turning to drugs or alcohol for an outlet. Both of these factors are needed for long term sobriety after completing a residential program.

There are a variety of different modalities offered at each inpatient residential treatment program. A wide offering will allow facilities to meet the individual needs of each of their clients. It is important that everyone has their unique set of needs met so they are able to have the best chance at long term recovery. During the stay at a residential treatment program clients are asked to take part in daily groups, activities, and psycho-therapy sessions. These therapy sessions include; focused educational sessions, individual and group counseling, life skills group, and self-help participation group. There are also multiple recreational activities offered for clients to participate in. Some of the more common ones include; exercise classes, yoga, surfing, group outings, and swimming. There is a new wave of alternative therapy methods happening in the addiction treatment world. These provide an alternative to traditional approaches but can also be used in supplementation as well. These therapies include; IV vitamin therapy, sand tray therapy, holistic treatment options, and different types of medicinal options to aid in recovery.

While attending these different types of therapy the client will start to uncover the emotional and psychological reasons that lead to them using drugs or alcohol. They will explore and address the underlying factors that have influenced their addiction. A common reason that individuals turn to drugs or alcohol is because it is a way to cope with something that is causing them tremendous amounts of stress. Instead of confronting the issues head on or seeking help while trying to sort it out, it becomes easier to just cover the pain by using. Drugs and alcohol provide a temporary relief to the deep pain that has been repressed and undealt with. Many times this pain and anguish is caused by a traumatic event that has triggered extreme anxiety or depression in their lives. The other common reason that clients are struggling with substance abuse is because they are trying to self-medicate an undiagnosed mental illness. Many people who are struggling with an undiagnosed or a misdiagnosed mental illness need relief. They are not sure how to find it and getting high provides an almost instantaneous fix. Although this fix is short lived, it is the only way they know how to make themselves feel “right” for a moment. Instead of working through their trauma or mental health issues in a more positive way, they turn to drugs or alcohol to find immediate relief. It is an unfortunate cycle but with the help of a top notch addiction treatment program, clients can start to heal and recover.

Many clients find residential addiction treatment comfortable and they feel secure in their environment. Residential addiction treatment provides a structured living environment where patients can thrive during recovery. The larger goal of inpatient addiction treatment is to prepare an individual for acclimation back into society. For the clients to return to their community and become a contributing and successful member. Treatment is only considered successful when the patient has re-entered society and is addiction free. Even after that happens it is going to take some time for the client to achieve long term sobriety without any relapses. Inpatient residential rehab provides daily structure that teaches clients how to live their life without the use of drugs or alcohol. In order for a patient to overcome their addiction, they need to be able to implement their newly learned life skills and coping strategies. At California Pet Friendly Drug Rehab we work with a variety of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers ranging from “next to home affordable” to “private luxury” facilities. All of our residential treatment centers understand that having your pet with you while completing addiction treatment can be essential to success because of an animal’s ability to give unconditional love, support and comfort in a time of need.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”


Detoxification is the first step in overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Detox is a critical and urgent medical need.


In many cases, the presence of an animal at the treatment facility provides a sense of normalcy and creates a "home-like" environment.


Outpatient rehab is most effective as the next component of treatment for clients who have completed an inpatient program.


Sober Living provides a stable, safe, and alcohol and drug free living situation conducive to sustaining abstinence.


Aftercare programs are an essential part of alcohol or drug treatment to increase success for staying sober.


More often times than not, an individual who is struggling with substance abuse addiction is also battling a mental health condition.

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