Music is one of the oldest forms of communication and self-expression known to man. Since the dawn of humanity, people have been using music and dance for a multitude of purposes, including celebration, storytelling and mourning.
Music therapy is a way of harnessing our clients’ innate musicality and using it to help them with their healing and personal growth. It is most successful when done in a group setting: it encourages cooperation, teamwork and open communication.
Do I have to be musically inclined to participate in music therapy?
All individuals can participate in music therapy, regardless of their musical skill or background. Some people believe that music therapy is only about playing musical instruments, but this is not the case. There are many different elements to this form of therapy, including listening to music, writing and playing music, singing, dancing, and talking about song lyrics.
How can music therapy help?
One of the great benefits of this therapy is that music is a great equalizer, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. It is something that everyone can relate to, therefore everyone can benefit from it. Individuals who find it difficult to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences verbally frequently discover that they can express themselves through music. Some people find expression through the medium of dance, others find it through creating simple beats on a tribal drum, and others write song lyrics that describe how they feel.
Music has a calming effect on most people. The therapy sessions provide a relaxing environment in which clients can express themselves in creative ways, gain new insights into their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and develop skills and coping mechanisms that become a permanent part of their abstinence-based lives.
To find out more about the role of music in our addiction treatment programs, please give us a call at 1-855-787-2424, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.