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Improve Your Recovery with Music

Kahlil Gibran once said, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Everyone has felt, at some point, the power of music at a deep emotional level. Just as music can move us, it can also heal us.

Music therapy is a form of therapy that uses sound and therapy to the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of individuals. The technique works by combining the proven effects that music can have on the body and mind, and incorporating into therapy. According to the University of New Hampshire’s Office of Health Education and Promotion, “Music Therapy works on a number of different levels and in a number of different ways. It has been proven that music, especially pieces with a strong rhythmical element, can affect heart rate and breathing, and promote the release of endorphins, or natural painkillers. It has also been shown to reduce muscle tension, and can be very helpful in promoting relaxation. Music can also be helpful in releasing memories or negative feelings that may have been repressed, which can help to change behaviors and affect behavioral issues. Playing music can also improve skills such as communication and physical coordination.”

Stress and depression are common problems in early recovery that can be relieved by music. Scott Christ, in a 2013 USA Today article entitled 20 surprising, science-backed health benefits of music, explains, “When you’re feeling down in the dumps, music can help pick you up (much like exercise). Research suggests the kind of music matters: Classical and meditative sounds seem to be particularly uplifting, whereas heavy metal and techno can actually make depressive symptoms worse,” and, “A 2013 study found that music helped put people in a better mood and get in touch with their feelings. Study participants rated “arousal and mood regulation” and “self-awareness” as the two most important benefits of listening to music.” Whether we are picking up an instrument, listening to our favorite songs, or working with a music therapist, we can gain major benefits by incorporating music into our recovery.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431