Music with a Mission
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Music Therapy[one_half last=”no”]The type of music an individual listens to says a lot about that person. It can also do a lot for a person’s emotional well-being. Everyone knows that when you are having a stressful day, just listening to a favorite song or calming song can change your mood immensely. Music has been known to help people emotionally, physically, and spiritually.[/one_half][one_half last=”yes”]
“I would teach children music, physicas and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
-Plato[/one_half]Music Therapy is used in many medical fields today. It is used in medical hospitals, correctional facilities, alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, cancer centers, and many others. Music Therapy can consist of listening to music, creating, singing, or playing a musical instrument.
Music Therapy has been used in healing for centuries. After World War I and World War II, musicians would visit hospitals and play music for the soldiers who had been wounded during combat or those that were suffering from emotional problems related to the war.
Music Therapy in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Music Therapy can help with communication skills and self-expression. Many individuals have a problem expressing their emotions and feelings. Music Therapy can help with these problems when going through the process of recovering from addiction. Music can help clients learn skills in relationship building. For instance, they can start by discussing the lyrics of a song. This will help them open up to what these lyrics mean to each one individually. Each one can discuss what the particular song means to them and how it relates to their life experiences. The songs express anger, sadness, disappointment, pain, feelings of betrayal, and much more. In Music Therapy, clients will eventually open up and admit having these same feelings in their lives. This brings huge progress to a patient who could not express these feelings otherwise.[one_half last=”no”][/one_half][one_half last=”yes”]Once the client has started to communicate their feelings through Music Therapy, they can talk more freely with their counselor and also in group discussions. They can admit feelings that they may not have otherwise opened up about. There will be many songs that each client can relate to, such as songs of encouragement, friendship, bringing someone who is down back up, and much more.[/one_half]
When Returning Home
Music Therapy can help recovering addicts with coping skills after returning home from their stay at a treatment facility. Many recovering addicts relapse because they do not maintain their relaxation skills once returning home. Music therapy techniques can help the individual recognize high-risk situations and help them engage in strategies to calm these situations. They can use music to help them relax instead of turning back to drugs or alcohol for a remedy.
Benefit to Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Music Therapy is an added benefit of any drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Granted, it is not a cure-all, as no one program is. However, it can open a patient up and help them communicate their feelings, fears, and hopes for the future. Without communication, an individual cannot get to the root of their substance abuse problem. Music Therapy, used in conjunction with all of the other programs administered in an addiction treatment facility, can be very beneficial to each and every client.
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