They call them man’s best friend for good reason. Dogs can offer unconditional love, great companionship and are always up for having a good time. But, you might be surprised to know that adopting a dog can actually be good for your addiction recovery too by supporting your physical and mental health.
If you are trying to quit drugs and alcohol and finally start a life of sobriety, here are four reasons why a canine might be a good addition to your new, sober lifestyle.
(1) You can meet new friends. It’s a common misconception that the only way to meet new people is by going to the bar or attending social events where drugs or alcohol are the main event. If you are a pet owner, you’ll find new opportunities to meet neighbors while on walks or at the dog park.
(2) Walking your dog can help support your weight loss goals. Thinking about getting back into shape and losing a few unwanted pounds? The simple act of dog walking for a few minutes each day can help you burn extra calories and get closer to your fitness goals. In one study, researchers followed individuals over the course of a year who walked “loaner” dogs five times a week. In just twelve months, research participants lost an average of 14 pounds without changing their diet or eating habits.
(3) Dogs are good for your heart health. In a study conducted by the American Heart Association, researchers found that dog owners are more likely to exercise, have lower blood pressure and be more likely to survive a heart attack.
(4) Dogs are a natural mood booster. In addition to helping to support your physical health, owning a dog can actually improve your emotional health too. And, scientists have backed up that claim. Studies have shown that after a few minutes of play time, pet owners report feeling substantially more relaxed and less stressed.
Expanding your family to offer a dog a forever home can bring more joy into your life while also providing a wealth of health benefits along the way. Though, adopting a dog isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. If you’re thinking about adopting a pet, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter first before taking that next step.
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