Music therapy is considered one of many effective tools to be used in holistic addiction recovery. If you’ve grappled with the idea of participating in a music-based group therapy at a reputable treatment center but have felt apprehensive either due to perceived lack of skill or uncertainty of what will be expected of you, you can find relief in the fact that music therapy isn’t just singing or playing an instrument. In fact, there are many different ways that you can approach music therapy that will still help you find deeper meaning and purpose within your journey to recovery.
As artist Macklemore has stated, “Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as a medicine”
Music therapy can take form in a variety of ways, including: listening to music, writing music, playing instruments, singing, lyrical analysis, composing, and more. Some of the most reputable treatment centers may offer creative approaches to music therapy, such as allowing clients to form their own “band” as to connect with one another while working together to create something meaningful for them individually and as a whole.
As found in a 2016 study published in the journal Music Faculty Publications, music can provide many benefits, including:
- Increasing participants’ knowledge and comfortability working in group therapy settings
- Allowing clients to showcase their talents and skills
- Helping people to develop emotional self-awareness and expressive abilities
- Promoting the act of working together as a team
- Teaching individuals of how to utilize music to assist them in their recovery
- Helping clients to reclaim their own sense of identity
Even if you don’t believe you have the “talent” or “skill” for music, it’s important to try it out because you may find an aspect of music therapy that truly resonates with you – something that may not even involve getting up in front of others or playing an instrument. Open yourself to the possibilities that recovery can bring. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about music therapy and what options are available to you.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer a variety of treatment options including hypnotherapy; call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.