Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs in Rehab Centers

Service dogs and emotional support animals are crucial to many people’s health and well-being. Naturally, they can also play an important role in someone’s recovery from addiction, enabling patients to feel safe and supported during rehab.

The page will define what it is to be a service dog or emotional support dog, and answer whether they are allowed in the various levels of substance abuse treatment provided by Desert Hope.

What is a Service Dog?

service dog therapy available at desert hope treatment center

There are many different types of task-trained service dogs to help individuals who suffer from various disabilities that significantly impact one or more life activity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “service dogs” as those that are “….individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”1

Types of service dogs include:2,3

  • Guide Dogs—Assist individuals who are blind or otherwise significantly vision-impaired.
  • Autism Service Dogs—Trained to notice and interrupt negative behaviors associated with autism.
  • Hearing Dogs—Assists individuals with hearing loss by alerting them to sounds, like those of a doorbell, smoke alarm, oncoming cars, etc.
  • Medical Alert Dogs—Trained to either predict or respond to specific medical emergencies, such as heart attack, stroke, or seizures.
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs—Assists individuals with certain psychiatric issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, by performing tasks like detecting the onset of a psychiatric episode or protecting disoriented persons from danger.
  • Mobility Dogs—Helps those who have trouble walking/moving with tasks like opening doors and retrieving needed items.

Does Desert Hope Treatment Center in Las Vegas Welcome Service Dogs?

Desert Hope is now accepting service dogs. If you have a service dog (defined below), please call to discuss your situation with an Admissions Navigator.

There is no additional cost associated with bringing a service animal; however, certain conditions may apply. For example, you may be required to supply food for your service dog. We can go over all details with you over the phone. 

Do You Accept Emotional Support Dogs?

Desert Hope does not currently accept emotional support dogs. 

Are All Dogs Accepted?

We would love to accept all service dogs; however, there may be cases where we cannot accept a specific dog. For example, dogs that are overly aggressive toward patients or who destroy property may not be able to remain in the facility. We also do not accept dogs that are not specifically service animals.

At this time, we are only accepting dogs. For more information, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at today. We are happy to discuss all details with you.   



  1. ADA National Network. (2014). Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.
  2. American Disability Rights, Inc. (n.d.). Service Dog Types.
  3. ADA National Network. (2014). Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.