Music therapy is one type of treatment that may be employed by professional therapists in a drug or alcohol rehab setting. It can be used in individual or group settings. Some believe that if they have no prior experience with music, such as with playing an instrument or singing, then music therapy will be unhelpful for them. However, music therapy has proved extremely helpful in the rehab setting much as it is throughout life. Many people who are not in rehab listen to music daily to attain a certain mood or a certain depth of thoughtfulness. Whether the music has lyrics or is instrumental, it can produce a certain feeling in an individual.
Using Music Therapy in Rehabilitation Treatment
In the rehab setting, music therapy can be used by a credentialed therapist in numerous ways. The therapist may have the patient listen to music and describe how it makes them feel. The therapist may also recommend having the patients keep a journal to track these feelings and to see how feelings change throughout the rehab process. Patients should keep in mind that their feelings and their progress through therapy will look totally different than anyone else’s does, and they should not feel pressured to progress at a certain speed.
[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]However, many patients are encouraged to make their own music even if this is a new concept to them. Writing lyrics can help patients communicate difficult emotions that they may be experiencing. Patients may also be asked to perform in a group setting. Those who already know how to play an instrument may be enlisted to do this while other patients sing or use simple percussion instruments.[/su_note]
Benefits of Therapy on Recovering from Addictions
The benefits of music therapy are numerous. Not only can it help patients relax and feel calm, but also it improves their communication skills and gives them self-awareness. Many find that music helps them cope with stressors that used to make them turn to drugs or alcohol, and others notice that they can more easily cope with anger and resolve conflicts. Additionally, music therapy can improve concentration and problem-solving abilities, improve social interactions and give patients a feeling of control over their lives.
[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]At First Step Recovery Center, Dr. Matney uses a wide array of therapy types to produce the best results. Each patient is unique; therefore, every treatment plan must also be unique. In many cases, music therapy may be recommended for outpatient programs.[/su_note]