Can Music Therapy Provide Any Benefit to Substance Abuse Withdrawal?

Music Therapy group drumming

Substance use withdrawal occurs when the substance is no longer being taken; symptoms of this are experienced differently by each person, as there are various factors that influence it such as the length of time the individual abused substances, the type of substance abused, the method of abuse, the amount taken each time, the person’s family history and genetic makeup, and their medical and mental health record. Some common withdrawal symptoms include headaches, nausea and vomiting, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, heart palpitations, and much more. If you’re about to go through detoxification, you may be wondering what you can do to minimize the symptoms you may experience.

Many reputable treatment centers provide medication to help assist detoxification; from there, other holistic and complementary methods may be used to help you move forward in your recovery. A book titled “Drug Addiction” published in 2016 by Avid Science discussed music therapy as an integrative and complementary treatment for substance abuse withdrawal symptoms. Music therapy is defined as,

The use of music-based interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed a music therapy program approved by the American Music Therapy Association.”

After reviewing much literature, the authors suggested that interventions such as improvisation, therapeutic songwriting, and lyric analysis may assist clients undergoing recovery from addiction in many ways:

  • Reducing depressive symptoms
  • Assisting with the acknowledgement and expression of emotions
  • Promotion of attendance, enjoyment, and motivation
  • Treatment eagerness
  • Change readiness

Music therapy can certainly break up the monotony of talk therapy that many people experience in treatment. With music therapy, you can explore your creative side while working through deep-rooted issues you may not have realized weighed so heavily on you before. You may discover new realizations about your recovery and what you need to do to build a more meaningful, fulfilling life. If you haven’t already, speak with someone at a reputable treatment center today about how music therapy can be incorporated into your treatment program.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, 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.