New Day Recovery Tazewell Plants Garden for Therapeutic Purposes

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems’ New Day Recovery Tazewell is sprouting this spring with new methods of therapy for patients.

New Day Recovery provides high-quality treatment services to help with problems of substance abuse with staff who are committed to caring and promoting dignity and self-respect in and for each and every patient.  Treatment options are provided to the patient with the opportunity to obtain treatment and embrace recovery with the least amount of disruption in your life.  Each patient’s treatment is personalized from intake to discharge to ensure that the patient receive necessary medical and counseling attention.  As a result, the patient can continue to receive support from the community and your family.  Our staff consists of professionals who are qualified and trained in the treatment of addiction.  

New Day Recovery Tazewell staff was looking for ideas and methods to help relieve some stress in patients, and the idea bloomed to begin a garden with the help of patients that are interested in gardening themselves. The garden currently is located in glass entrance area of the facility in their own form of a greenhouse.

Behavioral Health Care Manager, Erin Keene, said, “Gardening has proven to be very therapeutic for those in recovery as it gives our patients a new hobby that has meaning and a chance to reduce stress at the same time.”

Currently, patients and staff are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cilantro, and wildflowers that they started from seeds and plan to transport to bigger pots. Eventually, they hope to get their plants into the ground.

Keene said, “We did have some things sprout over the weekend, so it was exciting to see when we came in on Monday!”

Keene is hopeful that this community garden will be able to produce some vegetables to allow patients to take them home to eat because many patients are unable to afford food throughout the month.

For more information on New Day Recovery Tazewell’s garden or how you can help, give Erin Keene a call at 276-496-4492.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems has locations in Saltville, Meadowview, Tazewell, and Bristol. To schedule an appointment or for questions, please contact 276-496-4492.