As integrative practitioners, we believe that healing involves all aspects of mind, body and spirit. In conjunction with traditional therapeutic treatments, APEX uses complementary music therapy to help patients recover from addiction and mental illness. Whether they’re listening to or creating music, our patients find music helps them relieve stress and focus on the beauty around them, allowing a brief reprieve from everything involved in their alcohol and drug rehab in San Diego.
No proof is needed to corroborate that music has healing properties. Everyone has experienced the power of music at least once in their life. What makes music such a unique tool of communication is that it allows the listener to express their feelings, which could otherwise be more difficult.
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Music therapy, however, is an evidence-based approach that enables the patient to accomplish their individual psychological, physiological and emotional goals by using music in a controlled way with a trained therapist. No musical skills are needed for the patient to be able to harness the full potential of music therapy. Someone who has never played an instrument can still learn how to make music and maybe discover a secret talent.
Music is useful in holistic healing. Studies have shown that it has favorable effects on the body, reducing stress levels and encouraging the relaxation response. It is said to boost the immune system, probably as a result of relaxation. It is possible to bring down high blood pressure with music and treat hypertension. This protects the heart and is useful in combating depression and anxiety, making music a great ally in preventing relapse.
Individuals who abused prescription drugs can learn how to use music to handle pain, which is an important coping skill for them.
Alcohol and drugs make the brain addled and even in recovery, patients can experience a lowered ability to concentrate. This is something music can help with, in particular fast-paced music.
Music is also known to increase the level of optimism and dispel boredom and loneliness. Boredom, loneliness and stress are major relapse triggers for those in recovery.
Managing emotions is distinctly difficult for someone who is recovering from an addiction. It is partially the reason why they got addicted in the first place. Since abstaining from alcohol and substances makes this problem even more obvious, music can aid the individual in venting destructive or painful emotions through listening to or creating music.
Lastly, music can serve as a tool to reach spirituality, some higher power. This aspect also encourages sobriety, because an individual who feels whole and a part of something bigger is much less tempted to resort to drugs or alcohol.