Many alcohol and drug rehab centers offer music therapy as a supplemental modality. Music therapy in drug rehab has a variety of physical and psychological benefits and can be practiced in all settings, including but not limited to inpatient, outpatient, and telehealth.
Nearly everyone experiences at least mild changes in mood or disposition when they listen to an emotionally impactful or resonant piece of music. Many take their engagement with music a step further and use it as a means of self-expression and therapeutic catharsis.
Whatever your or your loved one’s relationship with music may be, there’s a chance it can help you in the immediate and long-term recovery processes.
What Are the Health Benefits of Music in Drug Rehab?
Engagement with music, whether direct or indirect, has many benefits that can be directly influential in the progression of recovery, including but not limited to the following:
- Anxiety and Depression Relief
- Promoting Calmness and Relaxation
- Improving Mood or Disposition
- Regulating Heart Rate
- Improving Confidence
- Reducing Pain and Stress
On a very direct level, the physical properties of music can improve breathing, heart rate coordination, and pain levels. On an emotional and social level, music therapy can help improve confidence and create a sense of community and offer a creative outlet for self-expression where talk therapy and simple conversation often fall short.
How Is Music Therapy Practiced in Drug Rehab?
Music therapy in drug rehab can be practiced in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following:
- Simple drum and vibration exercises
- Creative songwriting and storytelling
- Lyric writing and poetry exercises
- Frequency targeted to improve chronic pain
Depending upon comfort and experience level, as well as clinical history, music therapy participants may compose their own songs or simply just be guided by drumming and soothing vibrations. Music therapy in drug rehab is often covered by private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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