Pet Care during Addiction treatment

Arranging for Pet Care during Addiction Treatment

InnerBalance Health Center

September 12, 2019

Arranging for Pet Care During Addiction Treatment

Arranging for Pet Care During Addiction Treatment

Choosing to seek addiction treatment opens up a new world of healing and brings the possibility of a more complete whole life. Leaving behind family, work, and pets can feel overwhelming. Resources for pet care are all around, you just want to find the ones that are right for your pet. You may temporarily re-home your pet with family, friends or a boarding facility. For some pets the care of a house/pet sitter may be just right.

Family & Friends
For animals who need daily care and social interaction being included in the home of a friend or family member might be ideal. It could even ease the transition if they join a family or household they are familiar with. Starting the conversation will not be easy, but as you discuss your pet and their needs you are on the road to a solution. Discuss the challenges a friend or family member may face caring for your pet. It may take multiple conversations to find the right fit.
Pet Boarding
You may choose to have your pet stay at a boarding facility. Generally you can choose from a variety of accommodation & socialization options. Some places have people on hand 24/7 and some have carriers on site during the day only. Most have options for multiple on-leash walks each day and/or time in an enclosed area throughout the day. As you explore options, consider cost, services provided & location to find the right place.
House & Pet Sitter
If your pet can be left alone all day or for multiple days in a row you may consider daily or weekly visits from a pet sitter. The sitter can provide food and water and check on the health and environment of your furry, scaly, or feathered friend. In addition, they can keep an eye on your house while you are away. This care can be provided by a friend, family member or professional pet sitter.
Veterinarians usually know of good pet sitters and can give you some recommendations. Often vet assistance who work in the office do pet sitting on the side. Some vet offices also provide boarding services. A less common, but potential resources are breed-specific rescues. They often provide fostering for their rescued animals and may be able to help you find temporary fostering. Visiting a local pet food store may provide more options, often pet sitters leave business cards at feed stores. You could also search online for boarding or pet sitting options near you.
Supplies & Details
Provide your pet carer with the name and contact info of your vet. You can let your vet know who will be looking after your pet for the weeks or months you are away. In addition to food, bowls, bedding, leashes/collars, cages, litter boxes, and any other daily needed supplies, provide any regular monthly medication your pets take. If you have time, order extra medication to cover the entire time. Provide the contact info of any other pet service provider, such as a groomer, that you regularly use. Write an outline of your pet’s daily routine–including amounts and timing for feedings–so the caregiver can try to provide as familiar a routine as possible.
It’s a big task–caring for someone’s pet or pets. If your pet is going to a family member or friend, consider arranging for an additional friend or family member who can help out the main caregiver. They could assist with some tasks or be able to help out if the primary caregiver needs to travel or has other conflicts during your time in treatment. Having some respite options can help relieve the workload of your chosen caregiver. Have a conversation with the main caregiver to explore who would be a good helper.
Entering treatment involves an incredible amount of decision making. It can feel overwhelming, but focusing on one decision at time will help you accomplish everything you need to. Having your pets well cared for will allow you to focus on your recovery.

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC
Joe is the Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center and has been helping achieve lifelong sobriety incorporating biochemical restoration and holistic addiction treatment for over 30 years.

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Does the best addiction treatment center offer Biochemical Repair & Restoration and how do they define Biochemical Restoration?

At InnerBalance Health Center, we strive to get the best addiction treatment to gain a better understanding of the psychological effects of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.. As a component of our holistic addiction treatment process, we understand that there are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle.

By restoring chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming their addiction. InnerBalance Health Center offers and is one of the foremost leaders in treating addictions using biochemical repair & restoration. We believe that biochemical imbalances can be pre-existing, or can come as a result of repeated drug and alcohol use over time. Learn more specifics about our holistic treatment here.

Is the staff available 24/7?

Yes, at InnerBalance Health Center clients have access to a staff member 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Does the treatment center prescribe addictive medications such as benzodiazepines or opiates?

No, InnerBalance does not prescribe those types of medications, unless needed for temporary stabilization for withdrawal symptoms. We focus on identifying the root causes of cravings, repairing your body’s biochemical imbalances and teaching you the lifelong skills necessary to stay sober.

How does the treatment center plan to eliminate depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood swings, and racing mind?

At InnerBalance we realize the need to find the root cause of these issues. For example, a racing mind can come from too much histamine in the brain, a condition caused Histadelia. When we find this condition through lab testing, we use the safe amino acids and vitamins that will lower histamine levels. Depression can come from under-functioning neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

Through urine testing, we check the serotonin receptors by looking at the Tryptophan levels, and then treat with the appropriate amino acids. Please call us for a more thorough description on how we can deal with underlying symptoms. These examples just scratch the surface of our biochemical restoration approach which is integral to our holistic treatment philosophy.

Is the treatment center licensed by the state?

Yes, the InnerBalance Health Center is fully and duly licensed by the State of Colorado.

Does the treatment program offer an exercise program that the client participates in?

The InnerBalance Treatment Program includes a mandatory weekly gym time. We encourage our clients to try the different gym facilities, including weights, pool activities, classes, etc. InnerBalance provides a high quality full service gym facility to their patients.

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