Various types of therapies have proven to be useful in alcohol and drug rehab programs, but music therapy is a tool that many individuals seeking treatment may not understand fully.
Studies have shown that music therapy provides significant healing, emotionally, physically, and mentally, and it may end up being an important aspect of your substance abuse treatment.
What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is very different from music in the form of entertainment. It is a clinical and evidence-based therapeutic practice that utilizes music to accomplish goals within an individual’s therapy program.1 Each client’s music therapy program is designed specifically around their needs and preferences.
Music therapy provides physical, emotional, social, and cognitive benefits within many therapeutic settings, such as a rehab center, and is advantageous when used with specific populations who are suffering from the following issues:
- Crisis and trauma
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Substance abuse disorders
- Mental health problems
Music therapy is also often used to treat military populations, individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, students with special needs, incarcerated individuals, and young children.
Contrary to popular belief, clients do not have to have any musical talents or abilities to benefit from this type of therapy. Nor do they have to listen, create, or move to any specific type of music. All types of music have beneficial qualities within a therapeutic setting.
Music Therapy in Trauma, Substance Abuse and Depression Treatment
Music therapy sessions are led by a qualified musician who has completed an approved music therapy program. Treatment may include having the client create, listen to, move to, and/or sing to a musical selection. Song selections are modified and changed based on the client’s preferences and needs.