Architecture is defined by google as, “the art of practice of designing and constructing buildings.” However, what many fail to recognize is the difference that such an art can make in the lives of those who struggle with addiction—as it helps them to reconstruct/rebuild that of their own lives. As a result, there are a number of factors that should be taken into account when looking at architecture as a therapy, but three—of some of the most important—are; 1. Health Benefits, 2. Intended Purpose, and 3. Color Therapy.
First and foremost are the health benefits that come through architecture when done properly. For, elements of nature that are implemented into the construction of a particular space can have a big impact on one individual—and/or a set group of individuals. Some examples of this can be seen through skylights, greenhouses, courtyards, windows, and other installments. It is through such that struggling addicts are able to have a natural source of light—rather than artificial—which allows for a much more healthy/enjoyable environment. Not only that, but sunlight helps stimulate good mental health in a number of ways by reducing anxiety and stress, and nourishing one’s psyche.
Second is the intended purpose, which is an extremely important principle, especially in terms of the architecture of what is being constructed. For example, a rehab center is going to be built a little more differently than a school, the same goes for a library and a grocery store. In turn, one must plan accordingly, and have a visual of the outcome, before he/she even begins the project. It is through such that addicts who reside in such can begin to find their purpose in a building that has purpose—and/or that was constructed with their best interest in mind.
Third is color therapy which is defined as, “a system of alternative medicine based on the use of color, especially projected light color”. In turn, it is believed by some that color can promote good health—and is said that by “using healing colors for a room or clothing, you can significantly change the patient’s mood and bring about many mind, body benefits”. For example, red is a warm color which is said to “induce vitality and stimulate energy”.
In conclusion, architecture can be used as a therapy to help the well being of addicts more often than one might think. For sometimes it’s the way that a particular place—or space—is constructed that makes all the difference. It is through such that the color scheme and intended purpose of a particular place can make all the difference in the health/well-being of those struggling with addiction.