Spring is here and you want to be happy, but because you are in recovery for an addiction, you just can’t let yourself enjoy life. There are just too many mountains to climb. You’ve put down alcohol and or drugs, but are still haunted by cravings. You attend meetings that focus on abstinence. A few people have asked you out for coffee and while you are grateful to them, you still feel lonely and out of sorts.
Have you considered getting a dog? Spring is a great time to get one. Are you now thinking, Great, that’s all I need—vet bills, responsibility, new schedules—I can’t possibly! I already have enough on my plate! Of course, having a dog requires responsibility, but there’s more too having a dog than you might think. Having a dog can help you focus on something positive rather than your concerns and thoughts surrounding an addiction you are endeavoring to overcome. Dogs give unconditional love, too.
The weather has warmed, flowers are blooming, and the world awaits you and your new companion. For many, dogs are their constant companion. They can accompany you on errands around town, or sit next to you on the couch while you watch your favorite show. Dogs can give you the perfect excuse to venture on a long walk in the country, a park or around a lake. The fact that you have to care for your dog can be a nurturing experience. You give love and receive it at the same time.
As studies have shown, dogs are powerful allies for stress reduction. More and more companies today allow employees to bring their dogs with them to work. Evidence shows that workplaces that allow dogs see higher morale and productivity. A research study by Randolph Barker, a professor of management at Virginia Commonwealth University, measured levels of cortisol in workers’ systems. The study concluded that people who brought their pets to work saw a decrease in stress throughout the day. Those who didn’t have a pet saw their hormones increase.
In recovery, you don’t have to feel like there’s a ball and chain around your ankle. No one is stopping you from enjoying life, and getting a dog may be the best thing you ever did for yourself.
Serenity Oaks provides an intensive 5 week program to support your sobriety and recovery from addiction. We provide medical support, detox, and other help such as building life skills. Through individualized programs we help you move forward in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-396-8526.