Many holistic, non 12-step rehab centers are now incorporating various non-traditional, cutting-edge treatment modalities into their programs. When someone enters a rehab center for drugs or alcohol, typically their body, mind and spirit are all in need of help and healing. After getting through the initial difficult physical withdrawal, repairing the emotional and psychological damage can be an even greater challenge. One of the new forms of non-traditional therapy that treatment centers are employing is music therapy.
Music has shown to reach out to kids, teens, and adults of all ages and all backgrounds. Scientific research has actually shown that music has a direct effect on the brain and body. Depending on the pitch, frequency of the sounds waves, or rhythm of music, the human brain can either be stimulated by increased blood flow or it can also be relaxed. Many individuals who enter rehab have been abusing drugs or alcohol as a way to escape their feelings and emotions. Music can help an individual get in touch with their emotions on a deeper level, and it tends to truly resonate with the listener, allowing them to have a creative outlet to express them.
At Passages, we incorporate music therapy into our treatment program. We have several instruments available for client use, and once a week we have an “open mic night” where clients are encouraged to express themselves musically. Learning to produce music can be a positive, constructive, and life-long hobby without drugs or alcohol, and allows clients to put in hard work to achieve a greater goal and skill.