Addiction is one of the common issues faced by adults today that is more difficult to treat. Many adults fall back into addictive behaviors due to the lack of consistency in follow up and treatment programs.

Music therapy helps to improve the ability to recognize and accept different emotions present in addictive behaviors. It promotes self-expression and self-awareness, helping individuals increase their self-esteem by facilitating relaxation, stress reduction and motivating them throughout the recovery process. Music therapy serves as a distraction to negative “noise” that leads to addiction and can help decrease anxiety through a healing recovery process.

The key difference between music therapy and more traditional forms of addiction treatment therapy is that is acts as a companion and helps reduce feelings of loneliness. Music therapy can also help with the development of coping and problem-solving strategies.

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is successful at helping those with addictive behaviors such as:

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Substance abuse

  • Pharmaceutical drug abuse