Although music can seem like an unexpected method of therapy, it is scientifically proven to be beneficial in many areas key to addiction recovery. When used in combination with other techniques and treatments, music therapy can be a necessary and welcome addition to your treatment care. Music can influence your emotions and mood, allowing you to relate to others and communicate your own emotions clearer and more directly then with spoken words.
Music therapy is clinical and fact-based. It focuses on using music to achieve your goals in recovery and to help manage your physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities or issues. Patients can express their emotions by listening to music, singing, dancing, or writing their own music. The creative outlet can create a calming effect and provide many benefits to the recovering addict. Whether you are creating music or listening to it, you can experience the connection of emotions and thoughts during music therapy.
There are many scientific benefits that music can provide for anyone. Listening or participating in music can reduce your stress, lower blood pressure, and reduce depression. During addiction recovery, these are all important factors that can help prevent relapse. By learning healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress, you are building a pathway to a better life. Music can also improve communication for autistic people, reduce anxiety, act like a meditative activity, improve concentration, and increase optimism. Thamkrabok is a Buddhist temple in Thailand specifically for addiction treatment. They have recorded music to help people along by using the sounds of nature to relax and relieve stress through audio meditation.
Above everything else, music can reduce feelings of loneliness and boredom, providing you with a healthy way to release the unhealthy and destructive emotions. Creating music can provide additional skills of dealing with problem-solving and team-work while giving the rewarding feeling of completing a piece of music. Some people even believe that music can increase your immune system and promote healing in your body and brain.
Although music has many benefits, you should also be wary of trigger music. Trigger music may be genres or songs that reference drugs and drug use. On the other hand, trigger music may be something that you used to listen to while using. Some songs can romanticize drug use, and this can be very dangerous when in recovery. Be careful and strategic about the music selected. In fact, receiving music therapy from a facility along with other treatments can greatly increase likelihood of sustained abstinence and happiness.
LEAD Recovery Center can help guide you through the process of healing and recovery. Drug use is a serious illness that deserves a personalized plan of professional care and genuinely helpful individuals. LEAD Recovery Center can be the safe place you choose for your recovery journey. Call (800) 380-0012 for more information.