Psychologically, the close bond that one shares with a pet animal can actually substitute (and sometimes be even better) the lack of certain relationships with other human beings. For instance a pet can be one's best friend or even feel like a blood child.
Pets have a long history of facilitating emotional wellness in their owners. A dog is one of the most faithful animals that one can keep as a pet. Some pet owners say that a dog shall be by your side until the end; even after your closest friends and family abandon you in trying situations. This statement incidentally holds ground for people with addiction problems.
It is an undeniable fact that majority of people with addiction problems suffer from loneliness, anxiety and depression. Their friends, families and even their spouses leave them eventually because of the entire conundrum they create and the painstaking emotional and financial injuries they inflict just to feed into their addiction.
According to counselors, caring for a pet is both therapeutic and an experience in self discipline"Later when they realize their past deeds and decide to change for the better, they find themselves alone with no one by their side. This is when a pet animal especially a dog plays an important role in their lives. They decide to dedicate their change for the pet animal and in doing so; they build this bond with the furry companion," observes N Phukan a psychologist from Guwahati.
It is true that for people who are introverts or are constantly lonely and depressed, owning a pet animal seems like the perfect cure. "While a dog or a cat may not be able to understand the problems we share with them, most people actually feel much better after sharing/verbalizing their problems in front of their pets in private," reveals N Phukan. He agrees that this is really because they do not have to be anxious that the pet will spill their secrets.
According to counselors, caring for a pet is both therapeutic and an experience in self discipline. "Physically caring for a pet in terms of giving him his daily food, catering to his health and hygiene rituals and taking him for a walk can actually help to distract the mind and conquer depression," reveals Phukan. Moreover, when we give love and attention to pets they reciprocate in an unparalleled measure, something which most humans are incapable of.