Music therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic method used within addiction treatment at Recovery In Motion, just as it is in medical treatment centers around the world. This form of therapy helps patients accomplish individual treatment goals while guided by a credentialed music therapist. Within these therapeutic sessions, music is used to address the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of patients working to achieve long-term addiction recovery.
Why Music Therapy Is Used in Addiction Treatment
During individual or group therapy sessions, music is used to create, listen, or accompany through singing or dancing. Involving themselves with music enables patients to learn and strengthen skills that transfer to other areas of daily life. This helps in the development of personal fortitude in recovery and management of stress. Music also opens pathways for better communication between patient and therapist, among groups of patients, and in social settings as a whole.
For people struggling with becoming fully engaged in their addiction treatment, music therapy can motivate them to participate, provide emotional support for the struggles of overcoming addiction, help them recover emotionally and provide a means of communicating their deepest feelings without fear.
Music therapy can help patients achieve personal treatment goals. These goals include:
- Exploration of feelings
- Emotional conflict reconciliation
- Growth in self-awareness
- Management of behaviors
- Social skills development
- Stronger orientation to reality
- Anxiety reduction
- Building of self-esteem
- Improved patient functioning
- Greater sense of well-being
Healthcare institutions all over the world use creative and self-expressive therapies in patient treatment. Programs where patients have been proven to benefit from participation under guidance of a music therapist include:
- Addiction treatment centers
- Senior communities
- Mental health programs
- Educational programs
- Wellness programs
- Crisis centers
- Private medical practices
How Music Therapy Helps in Addiction Recovery
Treatment plans with therapeutic music programs include individual or group setting exposure to a therapist using music to help in the recovery process. The music helps patients physically, mentally and emotionally recover, just as it does for patients of other diseases, trauma, mental health conditions and addictions.
When trauma has led to substance abuse and addiction, creative therapies help patients release the hold that trauma has on their everyday lives. Such traumas helped through creative participation and expression include:
- Natural disaster
Depression and anxiety are often helped through therapeutic use of music. Emotional and mental conditions of many kinds can be improved, just as stress and anxiety are relieved through music therapies. Healthy forms of creative expression help to promote recovery and provide pathways through daily stress and obstacles of recovery.
Many patients worry that lack of talent or experience may be a problem or embarrassment in music therapies. But neither are ever an issue. Music helps patients open up to express themselves better during the sessions and outside of the therapeutic environment. It is normal to feel awkward in this type of therapy at first. But soon, patients enjoy the therapy and look forward to sessions as a bright spot in weekly schedules.
Recovery In Motion Music Therapy Programs
A residential treatment program based upon 12-step program participation, dual-diagnosis care and a wide variety of other evidence-based treatment modalities, Recovery In Motion uses therapeutic music sessions within treatment plans to help patients gain recovery for the long term. Like art therapy and other forms of creative and physical therapies, these programs help the whole patient recover from substance abuse. These evidence-based practices are great tools for regaining strength, self-confidence, communication skills, socialization and relaxation.
Call Recovery In Motion now at 866-849-0901 to learn more about therapies included as part of affordable residential addiction treatment. Don’t wait – beds are available now. Music therapy can be an invaluable asset to help guide you down your path to long term recovery. Put your recovery in motion and call now to speak with an admissions counselor.