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The Healing Powers of Nature: How the Outdoors Can Help You Recover

Nature provides powerful healing properties that will enhance your recovery no matter where you are in the recovery process. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides intensive therapy, including adventure therapy for optimal healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Our guests enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest, as we are located in Lacey, Washington. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides proven effective methods of addiction treatment, only using the best practices.

Our Treatment

The treatment programs we offer in Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing. If you are looking for addiction treatment in Washington state, look no further. Our comprehensive addiction treatment will give you the tools to manifest a happy, healthy, and successful life in sobriety.

Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery believes in the healing power of nature. We use the outdoors to provide therapeutic experiences that will enhance your recovery, and teach you new ways to nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. We offer opportunities to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest. Our adventure therapy combines healing and discovering joy in activities that support wellness.

A Disconnect

Nature includes a great deal of benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Healing is possible and proven in the restoration of all aspects of our being. A disconnection from nature have common consequences, like a vitamin D deficiency, obesity, depression, loneliness and anxiety, to name a few. In her book “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,” Dr. Florence Williams states that “We don’t experience natural environments enough to realize how restored they can make us feel…studies also show they make us healthier, more creative, more empathetic and more apt to engage with the world and with each other.” Back in 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency found through its National Human Activity Pattern Survey, that adults spent over 93% of time indoors or in their car. This pattern of disconnection with nature lends itself to many negative consequences.

Nature Heals

Studies show that being in nature, even just seeing plants, flowers and green spaces, actually helps people to relax— their heart rate slows and blood pressure decreases. Trees release “compounds called phytoncides…that have been shown to reduce stress hormones and anxiety while improving blood pressure and immunity” Dr. Eva Selhub says. Environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich conducted a study that analyzed the scientific measurements showing the powerful effects of a garden within a hospital, which actually quickened the healing time of patients, despite what illness they had. Views of nature are shown to reduce anger, anxiety and pain. Benefits occur in peoples’ muscle tension, blood pressure, heart and brain activity.


As human beings, our bodies are wired to be electrical. The Earth has an electron-rich, negative charge that provides antioxidant electrons that destroy free radicals. So being in contact with the Earth, like walking barefoot on the grass, allows your body to absorb negative electrons, allowing your body to maintain the same electrical potential as the Earth.

Being outdoors is proven to be helpful in fighting inflammation— a symptom that is at the root of almost every disease. Spending time outdoors also improves sleep patterns, reduces stress, decreases pain, heals wounds more quickly, and reduces blood viscosity. Going for a walk in nature is proven to decrease any ruminating thought patterns, or those negative thoughts you can have that cycle through your mind over and over again.

Physical Wellness
Spending time in nature is effective in reducing depression, anxiety, stress, treating PTSD, and improving your overall quality of life. Exercising in nature is especially useful, as it increases feelings of invigoration, positive thought processes and decreases fatigue.

Experiential education is learning through an experience. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery offers adventure therapy programs that provide the opportunity to experience the healing powers of nature first-hand. We treat substance use disorder and alcohol addiction by using intensive therapy for stabilizing behavioral health, uncovering your true self, providing support, etc. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides behavioral therapies, group therapies, individual therapy, adventure therapy, activity therapy, and equine therapy. The therapeutic methods we use are evidence based and proven effective for the treatment of substance abuse.

The adventure therapy Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides is aligned with the variety of health benefits that nature offers. We have both kayaking activities, as well as ropes courses; both activities help to restore our guests and encourage team building with a focus on interpersonal effectiveness in their communication. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery believes in the healing powers of nature, which is why we consistently provide opportunities for our guests to experience these healing powers for themselves. We promote healthy habit-making, and allowing guests to discover what brings them joy, for long term sobriety but also to create a life of fulfillment. Addiction recovery depends on learning a new way of life. Our programs at Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery are considered to be relatively short term aftercare options that support a long term recovery. Royal Life Centers offers programs including: medical detox, a residential inpatient program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing.

If you have any more questions about our adventure therapy, therapeutic methods, or the programs we offer, please reach out to our addiction specialists on our admissions team at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 716-4070. Our team is available to take your call 24/7. Because We Care.

Good Reads The Nature Fix W.W. Norton Company, February 7, 2017

Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “The Healing Power of Nature.” Mercola, 25 Jan. 2018,

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