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Benefits of Music Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Music is powerful. It allows people to release aggression, sadness, joy or even grief. Because of this, it’s no surprise that music is taking on a larger role in health and healing. It has been used to help those suffering from mental illness and now music is also helping those in addiction recovery.

Benefits of Music

Music affects the part of the brain associated with pleasure. It actually encourages increased dopamine production, which leads to more positive feelings. Music even allows someone struggling with addiction to communicate in a nonverbal manner. Because they are often filled with shame and guilt over their addiction, this gives them a way to positively express themselves.

How it Works

Music allows those in recovery to:

– Examine emotions and self-esteem
– Improve self-awareness
– Reduce stress
– Deal with anxiety
– Enhance positivity and self-esteem
– Empower themselves
– Improve interpersonal skills
– Recognize and accept emotions
– Reduce feelings of loneliness
– Relieve sense of boredom (which can be a trigger)
– Increase attention and concentration
– Build coping and problem-solving strategies
– Enhance mindfulness
– Lower blood pressure

Incorporating Music in Treatment

Therapists can design programs with a treatment plan that include creating, singing, moving or simply listening to music. The patient does not need any musical ability to gain the benefits of this therapy. The therapist may also encourage their patients to keep journals so they will know what specific music helps the most.

How Music is Used

Music can be used in group or individual therapy by:

  • Listening to music
  • Discussing music
  • Drum circles
  • Songwriting
  • Analyzing lyrics
  • Making music
  • Music games
  • Improvising with lyrics or instruments

Meditation and Music

Many people in recovery use meditation in their treatment program. Because quieting the mind can be difficult to those just starting out, music can help. It can calm the mind and act as a buffer to create a meditative state.

Choosing a Holistic Treatment

A holistic treatment facility will put an emphasis on alternative therapies to supplement and strengthen traditional addiction therapies. Combining multiple treatment options can provide the best chance for a successful recovery at the facility and beyond. For more information on the holistic program at Footprints Beachside Recovery, contact us today and get started on a mind and body recovery program.

Call Footprints Beachside Recovery at 877-954-3908 today.