Music Therapy serves as the perfect tool that accomplishes individualized goals in a therapeutic relationship between music and an addict. Credentialed professionals who have completed approved music therapy programs guide the addicts in their music interventions.
Music Therapy is a kind of holistic treatment offered at Scottsdale Recovery Center. The conventional therapies might not work effectively on every individual. This is why alternate treatment options are offered, keeping in mind the unique symptoms and personalities of different addicts. The addict is then introduced to therapies like Equine, Adventure or sometimes music, depending on what approach experts deem effective.
Music has the power to change your mood at any given point of time considerably. Listening to upbeat tracks during exercise can boost your enthusiasm while a melancholic tune can leave you sad and gloomy. It can give you a rush of pleasure, a similar ‘high’ that you get from drugs, but only less harmful. We use music as a dynamic medium for daily inspiration and relaxation. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that it now plays a more significant role in promoting health and healing.
What is Music Therapy?
We can describe Music Therapy as a tool within therapeutic relationships which can facilitate physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth. Qualified therapists design individualized interventions where the thoughts and emotions of an addict are processed using the power of music. The activities may simply include listening, singing, dancing or even creating music. Music serves as a mean for patients to express themselves better and thus boost their motivation and engagement in treatment. These recovering addicts find emotional support in music and are more likely to respond better to the recovery treatment.
For centuries people are using music with healing, and therefore its pain-relieving properties are well known. What music essentially does is that it naturally awakens the neurotransmitter called dopamine. The drugs artificially stimulate dopamine which is responsible for generating a ‘high’. Music can induce a similar high in these people that isn’t as harmful as the high sensation from drugs. We found that patients who we introduced to pleasurable music after painful medical procedures, reported lesser pain and anxiety than rest of the people. Due to these magical properties of music, it serves as the perfect therapy which can be adjunct with conventional procedures.
Music Therapy in Addiction
The complete recovery of an addict cannot be achieved through medical treatments alone. It is imperative to address the biological, psychological and social factors that might have contributed to the disorder. People generally go through a roller coaster of rides in the early stages of recovery. They are always in a state of chaos as everything in recovery is new to them. Their entire lifestyle is changed overnight which may even include distancing from friends who drink or use. Hence, they never have a moment of peace and are always battling with their demons. By creating music, they can use this disruptive energy on something that will help to calm them. Even merely listening to music can prove to be an excellent stress booster.
Music, when supplemented with therapies like meditation, is known to work wonders for the recovery process. It can help them to organize their thoughts and understand the root cause of their problems and inherit the virtue of patience. A regular session like this can help to enhance concentration and address the mental fuzziness familiar in this stage. The recovering addicts reporting signs of depression can also benefit from music therapy which can positively alter their moods.
As we mentioned, addicts are likely to feel lonely when they must distance from their friends that drink socially. This may lead to boredom and eventually lead to a negative thought process. It is imperative for an addict to develop new hobbies and activities that will fuel their new lifestyle. Music can serve as a productive hobby when lonely and lift their mood at the same time. Moreover, it will also address their anxiety or depression and help them to stay in touch with their real self.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Music Therapy has a variety of benefits in the recovery process. We take a look at some of them below:
Ability To Deal With Emotions:
One of the primary concerns that recovering addicts have in the early stages is difficulty in dealing with their emotions. They tend to deny everything that is wrong with them when under the influence. At times, they will try to rationalize their addiction with the help of excuses and accept their faults. They might even start lying in order to continue with their behavior. Music can help these people to break these rigid thinking patterns and deal with their true self.
An essential part of music therapy at Scottsdale Recovery Center is discussing lyrics. This promotes self-knowledge and helps these people to identify a wider range of emotions that they didn’t know existed. Therefore, we introduce some people to Equine or music therapies, mainly the ones who tend to have a hard time opening up to other people. These therapies serve as a more comfortable starting point for these people.
Promotes Self Awareness:
As we just established, it is imperative for addicts to get in touch with their real self for long-term recovery. Self-expression and Self-awareness both are important aspects of this process. It is common for these people in early recovery to try to escape from their feelings. They had been suppressing them using alcohol or drugs in the past and are unable to deal with them effectively. Creating music, writing songs or listening to different music then they are used to can help them express themselves better.
When they have the means for self-expression, self-awareness soon follows. These virtues play important roles in making them aware of their actions and how that affected the lives of people around them.
It is common to see these people hating themselves for what they did to themselves and their loved ones. It might not be wrong to say that this is the lowest point in the lives of these people. Some of them lose their jobs, some lose their kids to child services, and even their marriages die a slow death. It is essential for these people to realize their worth and understand that it was just a phase of their lives.
At Scottsdale Recovery Center, these people might be required to create music which helps in creating a sense of achievement and hence self-importance. By making small but incremental changes to their attitude, these addicts can turn their entire life around.
Promotes Relaxation and Stress Reduction:
Stress is the worst enemy of an addict’s recovery. In fact, it is one of the major reasons why people turn to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Recovering addicts are more susceptible to stress immediately after rehab when they must make major changes to their lifestyles. Music can be the perfect companion for these people to resolve the issues within themselves. It will provide them with the ability to see clearly and eliminate unnecessary stress. The only trick is to keep away from music that reminds you of the times when you were drinking or using in the past.
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