Some intensive outpatient programs (IOP) offer music therapy in addiction recovery. Some may choose to just listen, while others may learn to play an instrument…
Many holistic programs chose to incorporate music therapy as an adjunct to their traditional treatment program. Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) is typically 9 hours a week and oftentimes, one of those sessions is dedicated to music therapy.
Programs help individuals overcome their addiction though a music-based treatment model while maintaining their independence and working to repair the lifestyle damage that addiction has created in their lives.
Music therapy has been long used for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. While music therapy is not enough to fully treat addiction on its own, addicts do experience its benefits as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
Benefits of Music Therapy for Addiction Recovery
- Creation of music helps purge negative emotions
- Music reduces stress, in turn helping to prevent relapse
- Boredom relief toward reduction of that trigger for drug or alcohol use
- Alleviation of loneliness inherent in recovery
- Music can introduce addicts to meditation as a coping tool
- Listening to music helps improve concentration, a casualty of drug addiction that must be regained
- Music alleviates depression associated with recovery (especially early recovery)
Many alcoholics and drug addicts struggle with even having an interest in gaining treatment for their addiction. They may feel disconnected from the world and unable to find their way back to a desire to return to a lifestyle without addiction. IOP is a perfect place to introduce new activities such as music therapy so they may then continue their interest and incorporate it into their lives.
Many times, individuals will gain interest in learning to play an instrument. Guitar and piano seem to be the most popular instruments to pick up. Having something productive, positive and life-affirming can prove helpful. Others become increasingly aware of the lyrics in songs they know and begin to identify. Music can prove to be emotional, overwhelming, helpful and even mind boggling for some. IOP that introduce music therapy as part of an addiction recovery program seem to have a higher success rate, though statistics have not yet been published.
Music in addiction recovery help individuals overcoming substance abuse to tap into their creative energies and center themselves. For anyone working through addiction, this centering of oneself is critical, particularly when suffering from cravings or the stress inherent in maintaining recovery. Creativity and self-expression provide a means of communication. Music is a universal language that’s relatable and impactful. Talent and experience doesn’t matter, as music therapy is about connecting to musical sound and not performing according to anyone else’s standards. Most people find music therapy in addiction recovery something they look forward to and enjoy.