Horticulture Therapy

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, contact us today

What is Horticulture Therapy?

The Denver Botanic Gardens official website defines Therapeutic Horticulture as, “A plant-based, outreach and onsite program that helps people experience mindfulness and the restorative health benefits of nature using their senses. Therapeutic horticulture programs are designed to provide people of all abilities with enriching plant related experiences. Each program is customized to enhance the physical, mental and social lives of its participants.”  This method of experiential therapy encourages people to get outside and get their hands dirty. This interactive modality of integrated healing borrows some techniques from traditional therapy, including healthy communication, socialization, and the development of cognitive abilities. While Therapeutic Horticulture sessions are delivered in a group environment, clients also learn to work independently, following directions while learning to solve problems on their own — and building self-esteem in the process.

Benefits of Horticulture Therapy

There are many benefits associated with Horticulture Therapy. These benefits include:

  • Building self-esteem and developing a greater sense of self-worth. 
  • The development of cognitive abilities. 
  • The ability to follow directions and solve problems. 
  • Improved balance, coordination, and endurance. 
  • Improved memory. 
  • Enhanced task initiation skills. 
  • Increased energy levels and a reduction of fatigue. 
  • Stress reduction and mood stabilization. 
  • Reduction of psychiatric symptoms, specifically associated with anxiety and depression.
  • A low-cost and effective treatment option which can be easily accessed in any part of the country. 
  • The development of a spiritual connection. 

In the same way that the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous encourages members to “clean house and help others,” this therapeutic method encourages clients to work towards growing something beautiful and functional from raw materials; something they can ultimately share with those they love. 

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 Horticulture Therapy at the Denver Botanic Gardens

CuraWest offers Horticulture Therapy groups through the Denver Botanic Gardens. Groups are offered once a week during the residential portion of our treatment program, and last for anywhere between an hour and an hour and a half. These therapeutic group sessions are rooted in the idea that both people and plants share the rhythm of life — they grow and change and adapt depending on their environment and access to certain resources. Plants that have access to adequate sunlight and water tend to flourish; people with access to support, encouragement, and therapeutic resources have a greater chance of making a long-term recovery. Not only has this unique method of experiential therapy been proven to boost mood and facilitate comprehensive healing, but spending time outdoors is beneficial to physical, mental, and emotional health. 

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Healing from substance use disorders concerns more than sitting in a room and learning about the Disease Model of Addiction, or sitting across from an individual therapist and exploring familial dysfunction. At CuraWest we believe in the importance of tactile, hands-on experiences that facilitate healing on a comprehensive level.

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Horticulture Therapy is only one of the proven holistic modalities offered at CuraWest. Our program of addiction recovery in Denver, Colorado is both integrated and individualized, providing clients with a treatment experience unlike any other. As soon as you make the decision to reach out for help, you will be put in contact with an experienced Treatment Advisor who will walk you through our simple admissions process. We begin by conducting a brief assessment which helps us determine whether or not our recovery program is right for you. If it is determined that you would benefit from our medical detox program and/or residential treatment program, we conduct a free, no obligation health insurance benefit check and help arrange local ground transportation to our facility. If you live out of state we will help you arrange more extensive travel plans, though additional travel expenses will be your responsibility. To learn more about our holistically-based treatment program or to get started on your own personal journey of addiction recovery, contact us today.