Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


MSN project

First Advisor

Carey M Martin

Second Advisor

Robert Patterson


The following study examines the potential benefits of implementing therapeutic gardening and outdoor activities as a supplemental resource for adult males with a history of substance abuse issues who have been affected by the criminal justice system and are seeking sobriety while in a residential treatment program. The goal is to investigate how therapeutic gardening can add to traditional addiction treatment methods. Through a review of current evidence-based practice, this study focuses on how alternative interventions such as therapeutic gardening and outdoor activity can improve overall mental health and well-being, promote a sense of community, improve social connections, alleviate stress and anxiety, and develop coping mechanisms that support successful reintegration into society. Through ethnographic observations and other forms of qualitative data collection and analysis, it was found that the integration of therapeutic gardening and outdoor activities, combined with traditional forms of addiction treatment, can serve as a positive tool in the recovery process.