The one thing that connects people of all dialects, religions, gender or race is music! It is the true universal language with the ability to unify people across cultures and ideologies makes music the only true universal language, and an impressive therapy tool Because of the power of music and its powerful ability to connect and inspire people from all walks of life, using music therapy as a tool in addiction treatment and recovery has become increasingly popular.
“Music is the strongest form of magic.” ― Marilyn Manson
Treatment and recovery programs across the country are embracing the power of music and incorporating it in their practice. This type of therapy is much more than simply listening to music, it promotes the direct and physical connection to music and promotes change emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based implementation of music to bring connections and aid in completing therapeutic goals. All avenues of growth are positive and music therapy uses all angles to achieve growth with our patients.
“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.” ― Michael Jackson
The two forms of music therapy are active and passive. Clients will create music using instruments (or other objects) and their voice. This helps to increase relaxation and promote a healthier heart and general mental wellbeing. Inactive music therapy, clients actively participate in creating music with instruments, their voice or other objects. Passive music therapy usually consists of clients doing a relaxing activity while listening to music. Both forms have been shown to reduce heart rate and improve mental well being in clients.
Clients require no musical talent to participate. This is a large misconception with musical therapy. The client simply must be able to enjoy themselves and enter a relaxing, positive state.
Benefits Of Music Therapy In Addiction Treatment include reduced stress and anxiety, alleviated symptoms of depression, increased natural endorphins, brain stimulation, promoted self-awareness, improved self-esteem, helping clients to identify different emotions, mood boosts, reduced heart rate and lowered blood pressure.
In 2004, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report based on 600 studies, which concluded with the finding that manipulated sound has a drastic effect on the speed of a patient’s recovery. Since the release of this report, hospitals and treatment centers globally have been incorporating music therapy in their programs.
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” ― Frank Zappa
Our clients are encouraged to engage in music therapy even if they do not have a music background. Many people who lack the musical talent still enjoy playing an instrument, so all who request may be provided with other musically focused programs. These programs consist of lyrical analysis, songwriting and drum circles.
Addiction’s biggest companion is isolation. The two intertwine creating an even larger mess than at the start. Addiction will run rampant if paired with isolation and it is extremely pertinent that treatment is pursued. Music urges listeners to connect with other people, be it another person or the musician being listened to.
Isolation is a large hurdle to get passed. Many struggling with addiction have spent years hiding their emotions with substances. Clients wrestling to grasp their negative emotions and are unable to comprehend where they originated from. Past the recognition of emotions, patients have trouble coping with their negative feelings without the support of drugs or alcohol. This is where the music takes a large part.
Music therapy spans much farther than the confines of our walls. The nature of music is unifying and you may now use your new coping mechanisms and talents out in the world!
“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” ― Johann Sebastian Bach
When patients witness the alleviating power of music daily in their sessions it encourages all peoples to assimilate music into their addiction treatment/program.
Music has the capability to unite peoples of all genders, race, religion, and dialects. It serves as a universal language peoples of all types can come to understand which transcends individuality, bringing in those with even drastically different ideologies. Using music as a tool in therapy to treat addiction and aid in recovery has grown increasingly popular as it has proven to provide inspiration.
Cornerstone Southern California offers intensive morning and evening outpatient treatment, pain management support, residential rehab, and treatment along with intensive inpatient residential, extended care program, alternative sentencing programs, licensed sober living homes. We offer free aftercare and continuing care for our alumni and their families who have successfully completed our program.
These groups are free and clients and families can come back for as long as they like. We welcome clients from Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, and surrounding communities.
For more information, contact us today at toll-free: 800-385-9889. Our email is [email protected]. We are available 24/7/365! Cornerstone of Southern California has facilities conveniently located in Orange County, CA, in the cities of Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin. We welcome clients from Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda, and close-by areas.
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