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Nature-Based Therapy

Explore. Connect. Recover. 

 

About Nature Worx

Nature Worx is an outdoor experiential program that introduces participants to the restorative, contemplative and healing properties of focused, intentional activity in a natural environment. Participants learn how to develop a relationship with the natural world,  gain a fresh perspective on their lives and develop a sense of connection to all living things. The Nature Worx program combines elements of spirituality, meditation, forest therapy and naturalist interpretation.

By introducing participants to an enjoyable outdoor activity, they are likely to repeat it and use it as an alternative to harmful behavior such as substance use. Instead of just walking through life, participants learn how to actually and intentionally walk in and experience the world. By learning how to get in this mindset, participants will be able to use this tool to help themselves when they are feeling down, lost, stressed, or tempted to use substances. Sessions are led by experienced guides with a background in outdoor recreation, natural interpretation and counseling.

Our program with Ashley Addiction Treatment has achieved positive, documented results with the patients who participate and we have expanded the program with Ashley over the past year. The Nature Worx program is now being offered to substance use disorder treatment facilities, prevention programs and community organizations on a contractual basis. The program can be tailored to the specific needs of a client base or target population. Nature Worx is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization and is designated 501 (c) (3) status.

Importance of Treatment

In 2017, drug overdoses killed more than 66,000 and are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
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Benefits of Treatment

Many countries around the world have scientifically documented the physical and psychological benefits of focused, intentional activity in nature:. Read more.