I'm a recovering addict and person living with HIV, and I work with both groups of people. Gardening helps me calm down, learn to be patient with the people I work with, and with myself. It has taught me valuable lessons, and since I live in a super dense city, it allows me to be in a space where I can contemplate and be close to nature, carving out a little piece of safe haven that's mine.
Gardening has prevented me from relapsing, and switching out old habits for a life-giving, soul-nurturing ones. Gardening has probably saved my life.