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Addiction and Nature

There are so many strategies to help you deal with addiction. Recovery is fully customizable! You can create a life in recovery that maximizes your own personal desires and passions. The life in front of you is yours to design. How exciting is that?

One strategy available to you involves spending time in nature. Research shows that nature offers a variety of health and wellness benefits. The connection you have with nature has been proven to lessen the pain and trauma of addiction and other mental health issues. The ways nature can help are endless, but all begin with establishing a connection to nature. This can be done in a variety of ways including everything from walks on trails or through a garden, time spent quietly observing the waves of the ocean covering the sand, or sitting in the grass near a babbling brook with a heightened awareness of your surroundings.

Whatever outdoor excursions create a spiritual bond with nature for you should be a priority in your recovery. Some people claim to find a “high” in adventures outdoors like hiking, rock climbing, or surfing. These adrenaline-pumping activities can diminish cravings for drugs and alcohol. Whitewater rafting, trail running, or horseback riding are all activities that serve as a connection to nature. Consider your passions and see which are most directly related to nature. Prioritize healthy activity surrounded by nature.

The positive effects of spending time in nature are so plentiful that many addiction therapies include outdoor adventures or meditation in nature to strengthen the bond between the individuals and the environment around them. There is a focus on mindfulness. Time is taken to hear the sounds of nature around them, smell the scents surrounding them, and feel the sand beneath their toes. Nature can help you to stay in the moment and increase awareness of both physical sensations and awareness.

Working with an experienced team of addiction professionals can minimize the risk of relapse and ensure you avoid the common mishaps of individuals new to recovery. Having a strong support system will give you the confidence you need during this challenging time. Villa Tranquil is a recovery facility which can provide you with access to a team that will support, encourage, and cheer for you during your recovery. Call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to speak with an addiction expert and begin your recovery journey today.