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Music Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Music Therapy is the act of using music therapeutically to heal several conditions. The United States War Department first used musical therapy in 1945 to help military personnel with their education, occupational therapy, recreation, and physical reconditioning. Now, specialists use music therapy in a comprehensive recovery plan to assist clients with:

  • Keeping positive thoughts and emotions

  • Retain memory

  • increase feelings of joy and peace

  • Reduce blood pressure

  • Increase motivation

  • Manage pain

  • Increase communication skills 

  • Develop coping skills

  • Gain a better sense of self-awareness

And the list goes on...


Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?

Music therapy is unique because it can have many positive benefits for different groups of people. Some people who could benefit from music therapy include:

  • Military personal

  • Substance abusers

  • Victims of Domestic violence and assault

  • People struggling with Mental health conditions

  • Adults and Children struggling with learning disabilities

  • Adolescents struggling with behavioral issues 

  • Older adults struggling with dementia

And so much more...


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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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How Can Music Therapy Help with Substance Abuse?

Drugs and alcohol negatively affect our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. There is scientifically based evidence that music can positively affect the mind, body, and soul. Music therapy could be a significant factor in addiction recovery treatment because music changes our mood, ability to express ourselves, and communication skills. Music therapy can also help individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol cope with their circumstances better by putting them in a calm mood. When we are relaxed and focused, we can come up with solutions and think things through more carefully and clearly. Endorphins are released in a person's brain when listening to or playing a piece of music they enjoy. Drugs and alcohol also release endorphins in the brain. Although drug use can temporarily stimulate the brain the same way music can, drugs are damaging long term, and there isn't any lasting damage with music.

Where Can I go For Music Therapy Treatment?

At Rolling Hills Recovery Center, we believe music therapy for addiction treatment is usually never a stand-alone technique. Music therapy almost always includes a comprehensive recovery plan based on the individual circumstance of the person receiving help.

When you enter our recovery center, you can ask about our music therapy treatment. A specialist will confirm whether music therapy would be a good fit for you. If you are interested in music therapy, speak with our recovery team or counselors because they will be able to help you get started.


Do I Have To Pay For Music Therapy Treatment?

At Rolling Hills Recovery Center, Music Therapy is a part of our treatment programming and is offered to anyone who would like to participate.

When is the best time to seek music therapy for addiction treatment?

Seeking addiction and recovery treatment is essential regardless of the type of care you go with if it works for you.

You should seek out music therapy for treatment if:

  1. You have a drug or alcohol problem.

  2. You are suffering from mental health issues like depression or anxiety.

  3. You've recently lost a loved one.

  4. You cannot cope with your emotions.

  5. You want to try something different regarding your drug and alcohol treatment.

  6. Other programs didn't work for you.

  7. You want a safe alternative way to handle your stressors.

  8. You already have a love for music.

  9. You have a desire to try music therapy.


Addiction and mental health conditions can be tough to control alone, and you shouldn't have to. Music therapy has been a very positive choice of therapy for several conditions for years.

Thousands of people worldwide are trying musical therapy for themselves and having successful results. Music has so many healing benefits within itself. Still, when you are making music in a therapeutic setting under the supervision of a specialist for treatment, it can be highly effective in helping you recover. 

How is Music Therapy Administered?

Music therapy for treatment can be given in several ways. In some programs, the client may learn how to play an instrument. In other facilities, the client may learn how to sing a particular song with meaningful lyrics or several pieces. Still, other establishments may focus on listening to the sound of music, and others may turn their attention to listening to the words of the songs.


There are several ways music therapy can work for you.

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Final Remarks

Music is healing in so many ways. You may find yourself in challenging situations like addiction, pain, or mental illness. Music has always been the universal language of love, joy, peace, and healing. When you participate in music therapy, you are participating in something that has helped many since the beginning of time. Music is a powerful gift to the world. It has always been with us, and it always will be.

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