Music Therapy provides multiple healing benefits for people in the addiction treatment process. Recovery is often more receptive with artistic therapies
Why Music Therapy…
Music has been used in the treatment setting for a wide range of physical and psychological health issues, including but not limited to chronic pain, migraine, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder but much more. It’s been gaining more and more ground in the addiction recovery space because of its versatility, effectiveness, and safe practice. Individuals who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction may also suffer from a simultaneous underlying mental health issue, and they will certainly suffer from some kind of withdrawal period as they endeavor to get clean. To make long-term recovery easier and more manageable, Music Therapy can be helpful with its accessibility.
According to studies, therapists and clinicians have discovered multiple healing benefits of music therapy in the addiction treatment process, such as: Depression Relief, Regulation of Heart Rate, Lowering of Blood Pressure, Increased Focus and Concentration, Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem, Reduction of Inflammation and Pain, Better Overall Mood and Disposition and much more. It provides an emotional release and creative outlet not offered by traditional talk therapy or many other modalities.
What We Do At Last Door…
We use music therapy with weekly program as an outlet to learn how music can be a tool within our recovery. Through recovery music session, we ask questions like; What does music mean to you? What feelings do we get from music? What music gives you something in your heart?
Journaling and writing is an important part of addiction treatment. Writing songs provides individuals access to express oneself, stimulate attention, enhance skills of decision-making and goal setting. We give space and encouragement for musical and creative individuals to write their own songs about recovery using music writing software. We understand that everyone experiences sobriety and addiction differently, and journaling and writing is a great tool of channeling feelings, emotions, thoughts, patterns, and memories for an individual’s self-discovery.
Performing music in front of others, whether it’s their own material or another artist’s can dramatically increase confidence and self-esteem and give patients and outlet for their often-intense feelings and emotions. It also provides a sense of support and community if patients perform regularly.
To Sum Up…
Today’s teenagers and young adults are often more receptive to artistic therapies, as well as art in general, then previous generations; this can be true of visual art, music, creative writing and more.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and are battling toxic and overwhelming emotional turmoil on a daily basis, consider music therapy as part of their addiction treatment plan, find out what it can do for you or your loved one.
Music therapy is provided by Angelica Kim, Director Rover Music School Ltd. 624 12th Street, New Westminster. ph : 604.553.2876 www.rovermusicschool.com
"The people I met while in treatment at Last Door keep me coming by the house for visits and they keep me involved. I love it because these visits keep me connected and hooking in with the new guys.”