Music therapy is an experiential therapy. Through a music therapy program, clients process issues and emotions that might be difficult to express in traditional talk therapy. Music therapy can enhance self-esteem, creativity, communication, and interpersonal skills. It can be beneficial both during drug and alcohol inpatient treatment. It can also help during aftercare, as a healthy form of reflection, self-expression, and community.
At Clarity Way’s drug and alcohol rehab center in Hanover, PA, we employ a board-certified music therapist. This therapist works with clients to weave music therapy into their customized treatment plan. Our therapist considers musical preferences and comfort level. Clients experience an interactive, soothing process that emerges from listening to, creating, and performing music. Our large, comfortable music studio is a welcoming, accepting environment where clients can work with music. Here, they can also address underlying issues that led to their drug addiction. Call 17172253906 now to learn about our music therapy program in Hanover, PA today.
Benefits of A Music Therapy Program
Benefits of music therapy include the following:
- Music therapy provides a safe container. Here, you can address deep-seated issues such as trauma and difficult experiences that fuel substance abuse and destructive behaviors
- Certain approaches in music therapy can promote relaxation and positive thinking. They can also improve concentration, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and serve as an emotional release
- Musical expression helps clients develop communication skills beyond verbal communication. For example, clients learn the importance of listening to others. Client also learn how to use their own “voice” through the natural “call-and-response” that arises in music
- Exploring music in a soothing environment can often lead to continued interest in music as a hobby or healthy coping mechanism. This serves as a valuable, sustainable recovery skill
Music Therapy Approaches
Our music therapist at our drug and alcohol detox center draws upon the four main keystones of music therapy. These keystones help clients address issues and explore creative self-expression. The keystones include:
- Improvisation – Improvisation provides an opportunity for the therapist and client to connect with one another. By connecting, they can develop trust and identify emotions. Improvisation may involve creating sounds and melodies that represent feelings. It is typically done on the piano, guitar, or percussion instruments. The client and therapist discuss the meaning behind their projects
- Composition – Creating lyrics or music can provide an effective emotional outlet. Clients might compose song lyrics over background music. They can discuss what their lyrics mean and get support from the therapist and group members. Clients can also express feelings and issues
- Receptive experiences – In the receptive experiences approach, clients listen to music. While listening, they may participate in visualization, relaxation, motivational or stress-reduction techniques. Sometimes, receptive experiences involve listening to music or creating “audio-biographies” that reflect life timelines or experiences. Clients might listen to music or create playlists to manage anxiety, relax, feel empowered, or explore their addiction
- Recreative experiences – Clients recreate pre-composed music in this approach. Sometimes, this process involves rewriting parts of an already existing song and sharing it with their peers. Recreative music therapy experiences can help clients gain insight into feelings and emotions. They also help clients reflect and increase their self-esteem.
Other Therapies At Clarity Way
Clients who take part in our music therapy program in Hanover, PA often find their recovery experience deeply enriched. They also learn a valuable recovery skill they can use in everyday life.
In addition to music therapy, we offer other holistic therapy programs, including: