How Does Music Therapy Help in Addiction Rehab

“During active addition, I had become unable to listen to music, my one big passion and love in life.  Addiction had numbed me to the point of not caring about anything or anyone.  Liberty Houses gentle introduction to Music Therapy, helped me to release some much needed emotions. I am now able to embrace my passion and tap back into my own creativity with music that I enjoy and can express myself through”

Music Therapy at Liberty House

As part of our comprehensive rehabilitation program, we have introduced music therapy as one of the many methods of treatment we use for addiction, behavioural and mood disorders.  Music can be extremely emotive, which is why so many addicts avoid or show little interest in it whilst in addictive addiction. The type of music we choose to listen to can heavily reflect and influence our moods.  Music Therapy is a creative and expressive medium through which an individual can express themselves in ways they cannot put into words.

Recovery in its infancy can feel overwhelming, raw and frightening.  Most addicts and alcoholics are adept to numbing emotions rather than feel or express them. As the reality of their consequences and problems pile up, their addiction accelerates to a point of destruction.  It is vital that they face and express these emotions and problems if they are to fully recovery.  Music Therapy is a safe and non-threatening way in which this can be achieved.

What Happens in Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is usually conducted with a group therapy session, a qualified Counsellor will be present to direct the group.  Each individual will be asked to select a piece of music that means something to him or her, and that is reflective of how they are feeling.  This task alone requires the individual to feel their emotions as they search for a piece of music that “speaks” on their behalf.  Much like Art Therapy, Music Therapy will especially benefit those that struggle to put their feelings into words or open up about what is going on for them inside.  The piece they select will then be played to the group and they will be asked to explain what it means to them. This provides a useful basis for discussion and therapy.  It will also assist the individual’s peers to understand them better and see where they are able to be of support to one another.

The Power of Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a clinical and evidence based therapy.  It is communication through music.  It has been shown to assist with cognitive and emotional processes and can prove a great tool for healing and expression.  Liberty House Counsellors are fully trained in delivering this safe and effective method of treatment.  There has been growing scientific evidence to support Music Therapy as a means of Addiction Treatment.  It assists in the healing process, continual and ongoing growth and emotional management in recovery. Creating and listening to music to reflect emotions, can help an addict to divert from using destructive behaviours. It can also greatly reduce stress levels, a common trigger for relapse, especially when the music is soothing and calming. It is also useful in releasing other triggers for relapse such as boredom, anger or fear.  Of course, music doesn’t just have to be about releasing dangerous emotions, it can also be highly stimulating, uplifting and inspiring.  It has also been proven to sharpen focus and improve concentration, two things that addicts struggle with in the early days of recovery. Music therapy can be very enjoyable to someone who has felt blocked off from the world and creativity, alone in their addiction.

Music Therapy to treat Mood Disorders

As well as being proven in helping those recovering from Addiction, Music Therapy has also been proven to help with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.  Music has the power to uplift your mood, or depress your mood.  A joyous song at the beginning of the day can help to set the individual off on the right foot and on a positive note. Using music to unwind, relax and meditate to is also extremely beneficial. It can also distract from over thinking and assist in physical movement; which again has a positive impact on the individuals mind, body and spirit.

Music Therapy is suitable for anyone to engage in: all ages, from all walks of life, regardless of their background, social standing or religion.  In the early stages of treatment using Music Therapy, clients will be encouraged to listen to highly emotive songs only in the presence of a Counsellor and their peers.  This way they can express themselves in a safe and secure environment with feedback and assistance from the Counsellor presenting the session. This is to avoid triggering emotions, which they may be unable to cope with alone.  As their recovery progresses, they will be encourage to listen to music that is more beneficial to their mood and their ongoing recovery.

Liberty House Treatments

Liberty House aims to provide each patient with a variety of tools that they can continue to use once they are discharged from treatment.  This innovative method of treatment is extremely easy to access and to use, and is a valuable way of enhancing positive mood and expression.

Please do call and speak to a member of our therapeutic team for further information on music Therapy or any other treatment modality that we offer.

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