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Different Kinds of Therapy During Recovery

Drug rehab centers and mental health facilities have a multitude of treatments for each individual. Drug addictions and mental health disorders have many treatments because each person is unique and responds to stimuli and environments differently. What is effective for one person may not be as useful for another person in the same circumstance.

That is why there are thousands of specialized therapies that treat specific mental health disorders. One popular therapy is music therapy. People of all ages, developmental disabilities, and mental health disorders can engage in this cathartic therapy form. In drug rehab and mental health facilities, music therapy in addiction treatment is a major component of treatment.

Empirical data from academic research shows that music therapy effectively relieves the unpleasant symptoms of mental health disorders. People with disorders such as major depressive disorder, PTSD, and schizophrenia find relief with music therapy.

What is This Type of Therapy?

Music therapy is administered by an accredited mental health professional. This professional treats patients with a clinically and empirically proven therapy method using music intervention to achieve individual goals. It is similar to other kinds of therapies, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.

The patient uses the vocals, rhythms, and beats of the music to therapeutically recognize certain unwanted thoughts, moods, behaviors, and compulsions. It can assist in regulating and calming anxiety and dysregulation. It is for patients who can function within a non-invasive environment and possess non-intrusive cognition and proper social skills.

In this environment, the administration of music therapy is safe and correct, whether in a drug rehab center or mental health facility.

How Does Music Therapy Work?

People who have mental health disorders or drug addiction can benefit from music therapy’s positive effects if properly administered. It is an effective and valid treatment for many individuals. The sensory stimulation of music evokes responses of familiarity, security, and stability for the patient. The patient may also use music to communicate their thoughts, emotions, and needs to their healthcare professional.

Music therapy’s overall goal is to establish relationships and confront underlying issues that they may suppress. Sometimes words are difficult to convey, especially when communicating sensitive information. Music can be a means of escape and communication that works to improve their overall well-being. During music therapy, mental health professionals actively engage in music creation and interpretation with the patient.

The professional actively listen to the vocals and beats in harmony and discusses emotions if the patient is willing. A comfortable and safe space is provided for the patient to be themselves, free of outside stimuli that hinder communication or analysis.

Four Major Components of Music Therapy

There are four major components of music therapy in addiction treatment that make this treatment effective and popular with many individuals. Not only is it one of the more fun therapies, but it can also be cathartic.

Lyric Analysis

If not all people, many people have a song that they can relate to on some level for some arbitrary reason. Within that deep connection, an individual learns to appreciate the lyrics of what an artist is conveying. Patients are allowed an opportunity to choose a song that may mirror their experience in some arbitrary and subliminal way.

Songs are easier than talking therapy for some individuals since not everyone is comfortable being vocal about their thoughts and emotions. So, this component of music therapy is non-invasive and encouraging. The therapist should help the patient create their views of the lyrics and even add new lyrics related to their experience.

Improv Music

Emotional expression can be found through the playing of various instruments. It can evoke the expression of emotions and feelings. For example, therapeutic constructs such as communication, relation, disapproval, and distress can be identified through music. People have negative thoughts and emotions when instruments such as drums, guitars, and other percussive instruments play without melody or rhythm.

Allowing the patient to communicate their emotions and feelings through music will allow the therapist to establish a relationship. The therapist can discern what the patient is conveying through the music he or she created. It can be a breakthrough in communication, especially for nonverbal patients.

Active Music Listening

In this portion of music therapy, the therapist attempts to utilize music to alter or regulate mood. This is achieved due to the natural rhythm and repetition of all music. This repetition engages the brain’s neocortex, commonly known to transmit sensory information so that our brain can stabilize cognition and emotion.

Stabilization eradicates impulsive and disruptive thoughts and behavior. Therapists do this subtly using music to match the patient’s current mood, then begin to change the music to softer tones. Soft music evokes a calm or positive mood from the patient.


Songwriting in music therapy allows the patient to analyze and express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences positively through writing lyrics. The patients also choose the instruments they feel best suit what they wish to express in their song.

Songwriting is a freeing exercise because it uses creativity to productively convey who they are. It instills a sense of self-worth and achievement. Many patients are proud of what they create, which allows them to continue on the path to wellness.

What to Expect From Music Therapy

Professional music therapists collaborate with a team of other health care professionals to assess you via music. They assess your mental health, emotional wellness, physical health, communication abilities, cognitive abilities, and social functioning. Many music therapists provide individualized music experiences to accommodate functional capabilities and needs.

It allows for an immediate and viable response, and musical background is not required to benefit from music therapy. During this process, you will examine your suppressed thoughts and feelings.

The goal of music therapy is for you to benefit from the positivity provided through music. This positivity moves your mood and emotions towards tranquility and wellness. Music therapy not only alters your mood, but it provides you with a cognitive change. This change regards how you control your life and your successes. You become aware of yourself and the environment around you, making peace through expression.

Music therapy helps develop skills to cope and relax from the symptoms of your disorders or drug addiction. The overall goal is to replace your negativity with healthy thoughts and feelings about yourself. Music therapy will also lead to better problem-solving skills and the skills necessary to interact with others in the community.

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Music Therapy at Resurgence Behavioral Health

If you are struggling with addiction or have a psychiatric health disorder, do not hesitate to call Resurgence Behavioral Health today. Music therapy is one of the many treatments we offer to see that you walk the path of recovery. Call today to control your future.