For an addict who has taken the next step toward recovery, finding a form of therapy or counseling can be a long process, for many reasons. Perhaps, if you are a lover of furry or feathered friends, you would prefer a form of animal or pet therapy to fill a gap in your life. On the other hand, maybe you are a recovering artist who wants to seek solace with a paintbrush or a pencil. Still, your soul may cry out for a little bit more music in your life. If you enjoy listening to or playing tunes, you may be on your way to taking part in a fun and fulfilling form of therapy. Let’s take a closer look at why music-based treatment can help you find peace.
Music-Based Therapy in a Nutshell
As its name suggests, music-based therapy is a form of drug rehabilitation or counseling that involves the integration of music into an addict’s daily life. This process may involve playing an instrument or listening to music (whatever makes the patient happy). Overall, this form of therapy falls into the category of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practices and is generally used less frequently than other forms of drug therapy. In fact, a 2014 study revealed that 14.7% of rehabilitation programs offer a form of music-based therapy.
In general, music therapy falls into the category of contingency management (CM). Even more interesting, researchers have identified a strong, positive connection between music therapy and the 12-step meetings (like those offered by Alcoholics Anonymous).
Why Music Therapy Is So Helpful
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) promoted physical and mental health, a fulfilling home life, a purpose in life, and strong community ties as the key elements of successful therapy that produces long-lasting results. Overall, the message conveyed by a therapist should be a promise of hope and solidarity. Just like an individual human being, a recovery process is 100% unique. Music therapy provides an escape through relaxation, emotional development, music games, and lyric/music analysis. Even people who are not musically gifted can appreciate something in this form of counseling.
Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your addiction and substance abuse troubles today.