The positive health effects of nature have been well-studied – and people suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders are no exception. Research from all over the world shows the power of nature, including helping people to stay healthier, calmer and better cope with life’s adversity. Being outdoors can also be a big boon to your recovery. Here’s a look why.

  • You’ll gain humility. Similarly, being in nature reminds us that we are just one small part in a bigger universe – and this results in greater humility, which also important in the 12 steps.
  • You’ll live a healthier lifestyle. Studies have found that people who spend time outdoors are more likely to lead an active lifestyle and less likely to experience stress, depression and anxiety. Improved self-confidence and a greater sense of well-being have also been linked to being in nature.
  • Problem-solving and goal-setting. Nature can help provide space for quiet time and give you opportunity to tap into your inner thoughts and feelings and reflect on your recovery and recovery goals.   
  • You’ll experience spiritual connection. Research shows spending time in nature can aid in spiritual development – an integral part of the 12-steps philosophy. Just think about it. Nature is the ideal place to see a higher power at work and to feel connected to the world around you.

At Immersion Recovery Center, we understand that at the root of us all is a longing to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. From top to bottom, the Immersion staff believes that spiritual recovery is as important as physical and emotional recovery. To learn more about our approach and programs, call us today: 561.419.3349.