At MRC, we take a multidisciplinary approach to substance abuse recovery for adults and adolescents. Evidence-based therapies set the foundation for success, but experiential therapies can enhance the recovery process. In fact, many of our patients have reaped the benefits of music and art therapy.
How Music and Art Therapy Helps the Recovery Process
Sobriety involves more than just ceasing drug or alcohol consumption. Evidence-based therapies analyze negative thought patterns and seek to replace them with new, positive behaviors. Once individuals realize they don’t need drugs or alcohol to cope with life’s obstacles, true healing can begin. However, in many cases, substance abuse has encompassed their entire life, and they’re left with a void.
Integrating music and art therapy provides a healthy outlet for patients that encourages expression, relieves stress, and helps develop new-found coping skills. It also encourages self-discovery, as patients can develop a deeper appreciation for themselves. For instance, learning how to play a new instrument or creatively crafting a piece of artwork promotes self-discipline that patients might not have known existed. Creative expression has tremendous value in a well-rounded addiction treatment program.
Benefits of a Music and Art Therapy Program
Finding a new passion can be exciting for patients struggling with substance abuse. Music and art therapy have proven to be helpful in managing physical, emotional, and cognitive issues. Furthermore, music and art therapy allow the individual to communicate their fears, thoughts, and feelings in situations where words and other methods of expression may fail.
Music and art therapy at MRC has helped many patients: