Nature Can Help People Overcome Harmful Addictions

When you connect with nature, you feel the benefits inside of you. According to new research, your cravings for harmful addictions to foods, alcohol, and cigarettes can be reduced if you have green spaces in front of your home.

The first time this has ever been told

The Journal of Health & Place hosts this study that explains how your addictions are reduced if you are exposed to nearby green spaces without being conscious of this. Previous research that proves cravings can be reduced by exercising in nature helped this new one demonstrate the effectiveness of passively being exposed to nature.

According to the researchers that conducted the study, there is evidence that we need to invest and protect the green spaces within cities and towns if we want a healthier and happier community.

However, the investigations are not done as this subject is concerned because the relationship between craving for a range of appetitive substances, being exposed to nature and experiencing negative moods also needs to be analyzed.

Nature can help you overcome harmful addictions

According to Leanne Martin, the lead author of the study, it is not new that the wellbeing of a person can be improved by being outdoors and in contact with nature. However, what adds value to previous research is the fact that people who see green spaces have reduced the craving for harmful substances.

In addition to that, the study has also measured the presence of green views from an individual’s home, the proportion of green space in the neighborhood where they live, how much time they spend in public green spaces and their access to a garden.

Thanks to these measurements, it has been proven that harmful addictions frequency and strength gets lower when having access to a garden or allotment so these green spaces should be included everywhere.

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Stephen D. James

About the Author: Stephen D. James

Stephen D. James is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining  Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Stephen has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.

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