How Horticulture Therapy Boosts Substance Abuse Treatment in West Palm Beach
The word horticulture very rarely makes anyone think of therapy, especially not substance abuse therapy. However, gardening activities are playing a big part in substance abuse treatment in West Palm Beach. For decades, people have expressed the relaxing sensations that come while growing and caring for or interacting with plants. What about horticulture makes it so therapeutic?
Can Horticulture Help those in Substance Abuse Treatment in West Palm Beach?
Horticulture is the practice of caring for gardens and plants. Nature has a strange way of healing, even when it comes to substance abuse. Plants, in general, have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Nature also has ways of reducing symptoms such as pain, psychiatric symptoms, and improves one’s sense of self-confidence and well-being. Plants have been found even to enhance social skills.
Horticulture generally deals with fruit-bearing plants, as there is a gift in seeing one’s hard work blossom into something new. The deeper psychological reason for this is that it puts patients into the caring role, which may be new for many people who are addicted drugs and alcohol.
Other benefits of horticulture therapy include:
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased problem solving
- Increased social interaction
- Sensory stimulation
- Stress reduction
With so many benefits, it is easy to see why Sunshine Recovery Center decided to pair substance abuse treatment in West Palm Beach with horticulture programs. The mix between a compassionate staff alongside a program that offers incredible health, wellness, and lifestyle benefits is a beautiful match. If you’re searching for a program or treatment center that allows you to connect with nature and rediscover your inner self, try Sunshine Recovery Center today. Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Call us today at (561) 257-4422 to get started.
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