The Benefits of Music Therapy
Has anyone ever told you, “music is my therapy?” Whether it is a favorite song or playing an instrument, music has an indelible impact on our lives. At Sunshine Care Centers, we use unique therapeutic methods to help patients overcome addiction and mental health struggles. Music therapy is one of our highly effective and fun methods of recovery. It has many benefits, from simply boosting a patient’s mood to helping to regulate emotions. Keep reading to learn more about the healing qualities of music therapy!
Music Therapy Facts & Effectiveness
Music therapy works by stimulating different areas in the brain. The Brain Injury Association of America states, “music activates cognitive, motor, and speech centers in the brain through accessing shared neural systems.” Using a wide range of music genres, different beats, and rhythms can augment how a person perceives their surroundings, emotions, and thoughts.
With the guidance of a trained music therapist, patients can safely navigate traumatic experiences, learn to relax out of heightened emotional states, and even reduce physical pain. Music therapy is effective for those of all ages and walks of life. Music can be used to improve mental health, cognitive development, and behavioral learning. It is important to note that whether in ancient times or modernity, the effectiveness of music therapy is not dependent on the patient having musical talent.
Music therapy as we know it today was first introduced in Veteran’s hospitals after World War I and II. Clinicians observed a marked improvement in the well-being of their patients when either professional or amateur musicians performed for them. Although that is the first modern usage of music therapy, the concept dates back to the times of Aristotle and Plato. In his work De Anima, Aristotle wrote that “flute music could arouse strong emotions and purify the soul.” Additionally, ancient Egyptians used musical incantations to heal the sick.
Music therapy uses many types of music to help people recover from addiction and mental health concerns. All genres are welcome, from rock n’ roll to jazz and classical music. It is crucial, though, that the music mustn’t be too overstimulating as that can lead to negative results. A licensed therapist will work with patients individually and as a group to see what style of music and instrument is most beneficial.
Music Therapy Activities
A patient can express themselves and find the root of their substance abuse problems in many ways during music therapy. The goal is to shift one’s attention from problems to solutions while offering a rhythmic structure for relaxation. Here are some activities that support the process:
- DIY musical instruments
- Playing different instruments
- Working on writing a song as a group
- Using musical devices and technology
- Writing lyrics and sharing them with a group
- Listening to music with and without visual imagery
- Listening to the lyrics of a song and taking turns expressing how they are perceived
Music therapists will use three well-known techniques to reduce stress and anxiety or control chronic pain symptoms. These methods are drumming, singing, and vibroacoustic therapy. Vibroacoustic therapy is a scientific approach combining low-frequency vibrations with the resonations of slow-paced music. Music therapy has many benefits for addiction and those struggling with a dual diagnosis condition.
Recovery at Sunshine Care Centers
Addiction is one of the most common health conditions in the US. Believe it or not, 1 in 10 Americans will suffer from addiction at some point in their lives. If you or a loved one is ready to tackle mental health concerns or drug or alcohol use disorder, Sunshine Care Centers has your back.
Sunshine Care Centers has a suite of specialists with over 30 years of experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation to assist you on the road to recovery. Whether in North Texas or Southern California, Sunshine Care Centers offers the highest level of care available. We pride ourselves on our clean, compassionate, and secure environment. We use evidence-based addiction treatment with flexible programs that cater to your needs.
Don’t wait to receive the help you deserve.