What Perceptions Do Those in Recovery Have About Music Therapy?

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Jodi Picoult, author of the bestselling book titled “Sing You Home” stated,

“Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It’s not about entertainment as much as its about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem. “

Music therapy involves the use of music interventions – such as lyrical analysis, listening to music, singing, playing an instrument and more – to accomplish individualized goals within a treatment program. Even if you do not consider yourself musically inclined, music therapy can be a wonderful way to tap into your creativity and imagination while learning more about yourself and expressing yourself in a healthy way. If you’ve been considering adding music therapy to your treatment regime, you may wonder how it has benefitted others.

A 2016 study published by the University of Dayton involved the exploration of perceptions of music therapy by women in a residential treatment program for heroin and other substance addictions. Interviews were conducted, and four themes emerged:

  1. Music therapy was seen as a useful treatment modality.
  2. Music therapy served as a meaningful framework for identifying, understanding and fostering the process of self-understanding, group cohesion, instilling hope, and more.
  3. Music therapy helped other aspects of intrapersonal growth, such as leading to a desired change in mood state, energy, sense of self, and level of enjoyment.
  4. Music therapy allowed them to connect more deeply with their emotions.

A 2015 study published in the Korean Journal of Music Therapy confirmed that music therapy can enhance individual’s motivations, and techniques used in music therapy may help individuals to better identify and cope with triggers that could lead them to relapse. This form of education and motivation can help people going through detoxification, often considered a challenging phase at the beginning of recovery because a person’s body rids of all the toxins associated with their substance of abuse.

Speak with someone from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about music therapy and how it can become part of your treatment program.

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