Addiction to drugs and alcohol ravages every nook and cranny of your life. Relationships, finances, goals, psychological well-being, and physical health are just a few of the casualties. When you enter a residential rehab program to get treatment and learn strategies for staying sober, it stands to reason that you will receive group and individual counseling and may even have the opportunity for some recreational programs to let off steam during down times. However, you might be surprised to learn that music therapy often also plays a significant role in a person’s healing.

What Brought You Here

a woman listens to music outside as part of a music therapy programBefore we consider why music therapy can be so beneficial, however, it makes sense to explore what you can expect while in treatment. You should expect to receive a comprehensive evaluation of your entire physical and mental health and addiction history to assess whether this type of program is the best fit for you.

If accepted, then you will have to abide by the rules of the facility without exception. That means total abstinence from alcohol, drugs, and often cigarettes as well. If your doctors deem it necessary, you might first enter a medically supervised detox program to purge your body of your substance of choice. Upon completion, you would start your individual and group counseling and step meetings. You also begin taking advantage of other opportunities such as music therapy, an art therapy program, yoga, and other forms of recreation.

After time passes and you have made significant progress, your counselors and therapists will begin planning next steps outside the treatment facility. You’ll discuss options for partial hospitalization, sober living houses, and outpatient options. Together, you come up with a discharge plan. Ideally, your re-entry into the community would be bolstered by staff and alumni support to minimize the chances of relapse. In most cases, facility staff would continue to be only a phone call away.

The Role of Music Therapy

As you can imagine, the primary focus of your residential stay is to learn about your addiction: its causes and triggers, how the associated behaviors negatively affect you and your relationships, how addiction relates to any other mental health conditions or traumas, and, of course, concrete ways to overcome it. Counseling and peer interaction will help you to make realizations and gain insight as you gather valuable tools to take with you once you leave. However, a music therapy program can add additional benefits.

In music therapy, music is used as a tool to bring about emotional, physical, cognitive, and social growth. You might be creating, performing, listening to or moving to music of all kinds during music therapy sessions. A good music therapy program should do the following:

  • Motivate and engage you to participate in treatment
  • Give you an emotional outlet
  • Relax you and help you think less rigidly
  • Help you experience emotions and express them in healthy ways
  • Promote creativity and higher self-esteem

Because music can evoke powerful emotions of all kinds, you might also explore during therapy what types might trigger negative thoughts or thoughts of your former substance abuse.

How the Santé Center for Healing Can Help

If you feel locked in the downward spiral of alcoholism or addiction to drugs, then call Santé. Located in Argyle, Texas, we are a comprehensive drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation treatment center with over two decades of experience helping men and women who are serious about changing their lives to find lasting recovery and sobriety. We customize our services to your unique needs and include the following:

Take your power back by overcoming your addiction. Call our caring counselors today at 866.238.3154.