At New Directions for Women, we provide various activities that patients actively participate in daily. One activity that our women of all ages enjoy as a part of their recovery process is gardening.
There are many benefits to the experiential activity of gardening. For patients, gardening can be a means of spirituality and meditation. It also serves as a positive hobby for patients where they can learn to develop new skills and techniques. Patients are also able to feel a sense of accomplishment as they begin to see the garden that they tend grow and flourish. It is extremely therapeutic to plant a seed and see something beautiful grow over time. It is symbolic of their growth and transformation during the recovery process at rehab. Gardening gives a sense of purpose for the day.
This activity can have various meanings for each patient and it is dependent upon each person. For those in addiction treatment at New Directions for Women, gardening can fill any sense of loneliness a patient might feel while they are away from their friends and family, or remind them of the joys they used to feel when they would tend to their own garden at home before addiction to drugs or alcohol got in the way.
At New Directions for Women, our gardening group helps facilitate the mind and body connection, as well as the woman’s spiritual connection, while working with the earth and the sun. This group offers education of proper planting techniques, planting times, seasons, and maintenance of plants. Gardening can allow a patient to explore and connect with her Higher Power while navigating through the 12 Steps.
Gardening at New Directions for Women has numerous benefits during the treatment process. Growing fresh food encourages healthy eating habits while providing a boost in vitamin D from sunshine exposure.
Last year, New Directions for Women dedicated a meditation garden in remembrance of beloved employees and Board Members, Rev. Dr. Maurice Wilson, Pauline Nelson, and Meredith Foreman. The garden serves as a place to help so many women in the healing process. It also serves as a space where staff are able to renew their spirits so that they are able to continue the vital work of helping to heal women, families, and their children. The gardens at New Directions for Women provide more than a beautiful landscape and healthy environment of care. The benefits that our women receive are those they can carry with them through the rest of their lives.
If you would like to see the gardens at New Directions for Women, call Tania Bhattacharyya, Director of Development and Public Relations at (949) 313-1192 ext. 300 or [email protected] or simply follow this link https://www.newdirectionsforwomen.org/tour/.
Please consider visiting our beautiful, home-like and tranquil environment. New Directions for Women has been serving the Costa Mesa community since 1977 and is Orange County’s oldest women-only, gender specific treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction.
New Directions for Women is a treatment facility located in California that offers help to women, pregnant women, and women with children and families who desire a similar result. Our caring admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call and answer any questions you may have on getting help. Reach us by phone at 800-93-WOMEN. We can help. Stay in the loop with New Directions for Women by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.