Experience Nature’s Healing Power
Therapeutic gardening, a combination of nature and experiential therapy, has been in existence for thousands of years but has only recently become a popular approach in addiction and mental health treatment. Healing gardens have been placed in both public and private settings throughout the nation and have been successfully used at nursing homes, addiction care centers and other healthcare facilities.
Mental, Physical and Spiritual Relief
Simply spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to promote total wellness and to be effective as a supplemental treatment for psychological disorders. A healing garden is specially designed to aid in the improvement in overall health of a diverse population. At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our therapeutic gardening program strives to empower patients to be active participants in their addiction recovery.
Our healing gardens were created by our inpatient population and continue to be maintained by our inpatients, with the assistance of experienced therapists and addiction care professionals. They have served our patients as a sanctuary, a place where they develop new skills and interests and one where they can enjoy a much needed distraction from rehab. Healing gardens are also a place where patients can explore their spirituality and raise self-awareness.
There are several psychological, social, emotional, physical and spiritual benefits linked to healing gardens:
- Effective Treatment for PTSD
- Help in Alleviating Anxiety
- Low Impact Exercise
- Assistance in Social Interaction
- Increased Confidence
- Relief from Anger
- Mental Clarity
Therapeutic Gardening and Addiction Treatment
Very few drug and alcohol addictions exist without the presence of a psychological disorder that has contributed to substance abuse. Addicted patients who also suffer from mental disorders are considered to have a dual-diagnosis and require simultaneous treatment for both conditions. Our healing gardens play a crucial role in helping patients improve their mental health and in defeating their addictions.
Therapeutic gardening gives patients the opportunity to get closer to nature; grow fresh fruits and vegetables for use in our cuisine; and interact with butterflies, birds and other wildlife attracted to the healing garden. Gardening can also provide patients with an increased sense of self-purpose and self-worth, especially for those who have no close friends or family.
Perhaps the greatest benefit from our therapeutic gardening program is the potential long-term impact it can have on an addict’s life. Not only will it help guide them through rehab and into recovery, it can also give them a new passion or hobby to help keep them occupied and sober following inpatient treatment.