Music has a positive effect on various parts of the brain, which makes it ideal for promoting engagement and healing in a therapeutic context. A music therapy program is a creative way to address a variety of health challenges.
At Promises Behavioral Health, we offer outlets for musical expression for a variety of behavioral concerns, such as:
- Substance use disorders
- Inpatient depression treatment
- Inpatient anxiety treatment
- Mood Disorders
Music therapy goes beyond listening to music to make you feel good. In fact, your therapist may suggest making music, singing along, or moving to music as part of your treatment plan. In a group therapy program, individuals can practice their emotional awareness by listening to one another play music, and decipher the emotions or feelings that prompted its creation.
How Is a Music Therapy Program Helpful?
Music therapy has a wide variety of applications, and a trained music therapist is adept at knowing what will be most helpful at any given point in time. For example, music therapy can provide relief or insight in the following contexts:
- Assisted Muscle Relaxation — Certain feelings, such as anxiety, can manifest in the body as muscle tension. Combining music with guided imagery can help individuals learn to isolate and relax specific areas of the body.
- Group Drumming Circles for Mindfulness Meditation — Even drumming on an individual basis has the power to produce a relaxed state. The rhythm of the drum can be used to guide the rhythm of breathing, which in turn can lower the heart rate.
- Nonverbal Communication or Expression — Sometimes, individuals can’t find words powerful or precise enough to describe how they feel. Thus, expressing themselves through music may make it easier for them to share feelings of anger and grief or hope and excitement.
These are just a few ways music therapy can be applied to the treatment of behavioral health concerns. Further possible outcomes from music therapy include:
- Positive changes in mood
- The development of relaxation and self-awareness skills
- Improved concentration, focus, and attention span
- Improved conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
- More positive behaviors, feelings, and thoughts
Whether you already enjoy creating and sharing music, or you have never played a note in your life, music therapy may be an excellent addition to your overall therapeutic plan.
Would you like to try music therapy for addiction recovery? Call us today at 844.875.5609 to get started on your recovery journey.