How Music Can Be Used as a Helpful Tool In Addiction Therapy

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For a variety of reasons, an addicted person’s life revolves around self. Music therapy programs are an expressive way to ease inner turmoil by instilling the sense of community that making music can provide. Read on to find out more about using music to help manage addictive behaviors.

What Is Music Therapy?

Music as therapy is not a new concept. From the plena of Puerto Rico to the celebratory drums and dances of Africa, music has been an effective and useful means of communication.

Music therapy programs are alternative or complementary programs that help those in addiction recovery manage their physical, psychological, and emotional pain. The dynamics of creating and communing seem to provide a sense of purpose and belonging.

Benefits of Music Therapy

Almost everyone uses music therapy in some way. Blasting your favorite song in the car on your way home from a bad day at work is a great example. Listening to happy music when you’re feeling blue is another.

The benefits of music therapy in addiction recovery are quite similar. Music therapy programs can often:

  • Elevate mood
  • Boost confidence
  • Create a sense of community
  • Allow an avenue of expression
  • Release excess energy
  • Develop an alternative time/place/realm that can be returned to during troubled times

Drumming Out Drugs

Drumming and drum circles have been found to be a highly effective means of behavioral therapy and addiction recovery. The instruments are a means of expression, where different rhythms, beats, and sounds can represent varying thoughts and emotions.

In an article for the American Journal of Public Health, Michael Winkelman, Ph.D., MPH shared his observation of a program in Wisconsin that combined shamanic practices and drumming to help at-risk youth and adults.

The musical therapy of drumming combined with storytelling, journeying, healing, dancing, spiritual divination, and group ceremonies endowed participants and counselors with a much-needed sense of acceptance and belonging.

The Magic and Miracle of Music Therapy

At Summit Malibu we combine music therapy with a variety of treatment services in our dedication to providing the most complete and successful addiction recovery possible. Contact us today for more information about our music therapy program as part of a customized recovery process. We’re here to help, 24/7.