10 Benefits of Music Therapy in Recovery

Published March 13, 2019 by:

Music is powerful, it has the ability to transform or enhance your mood, among many other benefits. At Royal Life Centers, we offer music therapy for addiction treatment. Royal Life Centers takes a holistic approach, treating the mind, body, and spirit. We believe in the power of music, and encourage all avenues of healing. At Royal Life Centers, we use therapeutics activities to promote forming healthy habits that are useful both in and outside of recovery. We offer a variety of activities, including art therapy, journaling, movement, and music therapy. Our method of music therapy involves both listening to and making music. We have an in-house music studio setting, equipped with a variety of musical instruments for our guests to use. Royal Life Centers encourages our guests to find their passion, what brings them joy, and learning to practice more uplifting activities. In recovery, it is especially important for our guests to have a creative outlet for self-expression. Music provides the perfect outlet to express yourself, whether you just want to listen to music or write songs and make music.

In addition to being beneficial, music therapy is a proven effective therapeutic method.

Listed below are 10 benefits of music therapy in recovery:

  1. Brain Function
    Scientific research states the effect music can have on our brainwaves. Songs with stronger beats and a faster tempo stimulate the brain to bring concentration and alert thinking; slower songs bring calmness and serenity. Also, listening to music can improve the brain’s ability to shift the speed of thoughts on its own.
  2. “The Relaxation Response”
    Relaxing music can actually have an effect on the autonomic nervous system, causing changes in heart rate and breathing. These changes can actually bring someone into a meditative state, activating “the relaxation response,” just by listening to calm music.
  3. State of Mind
    Music can be used as a tool to bring yourself into a positive state of mind. Uplifting music, and lyrics that resonate, can actually make a massive shift in mood and your level of happiness or stress.
  4. Reduce Pain and Stress
    Music can reduce pain and stress. Listening to music is a distress tolerance skill, and it is actually proven effective in cancer patients and those with chronic pain also. Music has profound physical effects on the body, like easing muscle tension and lowering blood pressure. Listening to music reduces stress, allowing for our guests to feel comfortable even if they suffer with a major anxiety disorder.
  5. Motivation
    Music can be an excellent way to motivate yourself. Especially by listening to fast-paced songs, music can be a factor that motivates you to get up and move or help you focus. Slow music can motivate in guiding meditation.
  6. Help in Remembering Good Memories
    Because many of us have songs that bring a feeling of nostalgia, and memories tied to certain songs, music can help aid in remembering positive memories. Those who have always listened to their favorite song may feel like listening to that specific song can transport them into a positive mindset also.
  7. Expression
    Music can be used as a tool of expression. Expressing yourself is extremely beneficial in addiction recovery from substance use disorders or alcohol addiction. Any healthy outlet for expressing yourself is something that we support at Royal Life Centers.
  8. Creating Music
    Creating music can be a very expressive and rewarding activity, especially for those in recovery who are undergoing inpatient treatment, group therapies, and behavioral therapies. Therapy causes emotions to come up, that may be hard for alcoholics or addicts to process or express. Making music is a great way for our guests to express their raw emotions, giving them a healthy way to channel their thoughts and feelings. Creating music in itself is a therapeutic process. With music, therapists are able to allow for our guests to express themselves genuinely.
  9. Health Benefits
    As mentioned above, listening to music actually provides health benefits. Specifically, music can help manage and treat mental health, in addition to other therapies and medication when necessary. Those with depression and anxiety can especially enjoy the pain reducing effect that music has on the body. Those with high blood pressure or anger issues can benefit greatly from listening to relaxing music, as it lowers blood pressure and encourages the activation of what is called “the relaxation response.”
  10. Encourages Physical Movement
    Music can be used in combination with a variety of our physical wellness therapies, like movement therapy, adventure therapy, and activity therapy. Music encourages physical movement and motion, to promote physical health. Our treatment programs are able to incorporate music with many therapeutic activities.

Royal Life Centers offers music therapy through out all of our addiction treatment centers. Royal Life Centers offers a variety of programs, designed to follow guests through the recovery process. We offer residential treatment programs including medical detox and our residential inpatient program. Royal Life Centers also offers: a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing.

If you have any questions about music therapy, or our treatment options, please reach out to one of our addiction specialists at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Our team is available to speak with you 24/7. Because We Care.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *