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Emotional Support Animal can Maintain Sobriety
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An Emotional Support Animal The Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal which helps in providing therapeutic benefit for a person recovering from any kind of addiction. Animals are increasingly used to assist patients who desire to maintain sobriety. These assistant animals are usually dogs and cats but sometimes it may include miniature horses, chinchillas, birds, monkeys, potbelly pigs or other animals.
A number of studies prove the support provided by animals are more healing especially if the person is an animal lover. In 2001, a study put forward the fact that pet owners had lower heart rates and blood pressure levels and reacted better to psychological and physical stress. The recovery also takes reduced time when Emotional Support Animals are involved in it.
The Emotional Support Animal is unlike Therapy Animals, and are not required to undergo specialized training. They provide us with the greatest gift of companionship. Loneliness itself serves as a sign of depression. Why there is company to share things the stress level of the person who seeks support goes down drastically.
Animals also provide us unconditional love and affection. Recovering addicts are also allowed to perform the care giving tasks like walking with their pet, brushing and petting the animal along with spending quality time with the animals in fun activities. This helps the patient to improve their focus and balance. It also provides an emotional balance with the surroundings.
These animals are allowed to live with their owner in a housing with a “no pets” policy in place. The licensing and vaccination of the animals are subject to State laws. These animals are allowed to participate in a lot of fun activities and they get to act like regular pet dogs. The very motive of engaging animals in recovery is to help the recovering addict improve their self-esteem and empathy. Some patients also find their lost trust by involving themselves in such activities.
“Pets are bundles of love wrapped in fur.”

Getting our self a gift that will not only bring about happiness but also helps us in the process of recovery is of course the greatest gift. Pets are joyous companions which never lets us down to be alone or feel lonely. Self assurance and stability can be obtained when the person who feels down has a companion around. A companion whom we can rely day in and day out are our pets.
Therapy dogs are a bit different from Emotional Support Animals. They too need not be trained, just like an Emotional Support Animal. They are engaged at hospitals, airports and other institutions for reducing the anxiety in people and to bring about joy in them. They were first introduced in hospitals to help the patients in deviating from an everyday routine. Recently they are available at airports. They are also engaged at places post disaster for the mental well being of the residents.read more...Emotional support animal

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