Chicago Treatment Center Uses Gardening to Aid Recovery

woman gardeningThose who are newly in recovery are taking the first steps to plant a new life for themselves, but a group of women in Chicago are now turning to planting in order to stay off drugs and alcohol.

Last year, the Lincolnshire Garden Club gave three rose bushes and flowers to the Women’s Residential Services center in Vernon Hills. The two organizations joined forces to help the garden area at the center bloom and further added to the bounty this year. Lincolnshire Garden Club board member Judy Jenner said she hoped the partnership would show the residents in recovery how beauty can grow if it’s properly taken care of.

Several of those at the center have since taken up gardening as a therapeutic pastime to help them move on from an often difficult past.

“Being able to start something and finish it feels good,” said Francesca, 24, a mother to a two-year-old, and currently receiving treatment for heroin addiction. “With recovery, we’re working on ourselves. Just to know that you can make an average seed into something beautiful, I think would give anyone hope that if we stay committed in our goals and accomplish them, we can do anything we set our hearts to.”