The practice of using horticulture to improve mental and emotional health, also known as Therapeutic Horticulture, has been around for close to a century, first dating back to the Great Depression. Over the course of the past several decades, countless Americans have found respite and relief in home gardening, combatting the stressors of day-to-day life with time spent in the yard. During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions turned to houseplant care and home gardening to fight isolation-induced boredom and foster a deeper connection with nature. There are a bounty of positive experiences associated with horticulture, from the sense of satisfaction that goes along with seeing something planted and cared for bloom and grow, to the physical work of gardening — feeling the soil, feeling the sun on the skin, feeling alive and a part of. At CuraWest we believe in the benefits associated with Therapeutic Horticulture, and we are fortunate to be located in an area of the country that boasts a rich, diverse natural environment. Denver, Colorado is home to the Denver Botanic Gardens, a local attraction that features a Therapeutic Horticulture program available to a variety of organizations — including substance use and mental health treatment centers like CuraWest.
Once a week clients in the residential portion of our program are transported to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where they undergo a Horticulture Therapy session facilitated by a licensed practitioner. There are numerous benefits associated with this holistic approach to addiction recovery, from reduction of anxiety and depression to an improved sense of self-worth. At CuraWest we focus on introducing our clients to as many treatment approaches as possible, encouraging them to explore, heal, and find the activities that resonate with them on a personal level. To learn more about our holistic approach to addiction recovery or to begin your personal journey of healing, .