The idea that music is therapeutic is not new. Using music in healing practices dates back to Ancient Greece, where they understood the body-mind connection and on which music capitalizes to improve physical and mental well-being. Many indigenous communities have long known how to use music in healing as well. Starting in the early 1800s, physicians and other researchers began studying the effects of music on their patients, and numerous dissertations record a range of compelling conclusions. Music therapy continues to be studied and practiced in all health-related settings. At Sanative Recovery and Wellness, our addiction therapy programs in Georgia offer music therapy for addiction recovery.
In addition to evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments, Sanative Recovery and Wellness believes in the value of all person-centered care, including experiential therapies like music therapy. Please get in touch with us to learn about our music therapy program and the benefits of music therapy in the addiction treatment setting. We can answer all your questions about our music therapy program in Atlanta, GA. Call 877.899.1502 today.
Music Therapy for Health
Since the first ancient physician used music in healing, science has delved into the details of this remarkable modality. Music boosts the immune system and enhances healthy cell growth, among other physical benefits. The benefits of music therapy on brain health and activity can be seen during scans as certain areas of the brain that are over stimulated or indicating high anxiety or stress become soothed. Music sparks the brain to produce certain feel-good neurotransmitters, just as drugs and alcohol do, but in a much safer way.
Music and music therapy have many benefits for people. Music:
- Can motivate you to strive for and reach goals
- Takes the stress out of complex tasks or circumstances
- Creates emotional states that are optimistic
- Lifts mood and energy levels
For people overcoming addiction, music can profoundly affect their recovery.
What Happens in Music Therapy for Addiction?
Music therapists have to be flexible and open to the needs and preferences of their clients. Some people who seek music therapy for addiction may be musicians themselves who bring their own instruments with which to engage in the therapy. Others may have no music background but can benefit just as much. People with strong affinities for certain kinds of music will likely access music therapy based on their tastes, which is another reason music therapists must be flexible and open.
Music therapists bring their knowledge and experience in therapy and music to the sessions. In any given session, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Listening to music and discussing or writing about how it makes you feel
- Creating music on percussion instruments
- Singing familiar songs
- Improvising song lyrics to simple melodies
- Creating songs or raps
- Writing stories inspired by music you listen to
Your music therapy will include clear objectives and measurable outcomes and feature an open-ended format to allow for exploration and reflection.
Services at Sanative Recovery and Wellness
If you want to begin recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, Sanative Recovery and Wellness can offer you a range of therapies that will support your sobriety and your overall mental health.
Some of the evidence-based psychotherapies we offer are:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Contingency management
- Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT)
- REBT (rational emotive behavior therapy)
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Motivational interviewing
- Moral Reconation Therapy
In addition, we offer holistic therapy, meditation therapy, adventure therapy, and music therapy.