It is scientifically proven that pets can help people lower their stress levels. So recovering addicts would likely recover quickly if they have at least one pet. I think if the recovering addict is on the stage where he can already take care of other people and he isn't the one that needs to be taken care of, then it is very much advisable to get a pet. Here is a link that enumerates the health benefits of pets: www.animalplanet.com/pets/benefits-of-pets/ What do you think? Do you have a pet? If yes, how does your pet or pets affect your life?