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Many people claim that music puts them in a better mood, though unaware of its effects. Music does not only help elevate your mood but can help you deal with a variety of mental health issues and addictions. Please keep reading to learn more about music therapy and how it helps deal with mental health issues.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is an evidence-based practice of a board-certified music therapist to help clients achieve non-music goals. This approach relies on music’s mood-lifting properties to improve a person’s mental health and overall well-being. It involves several activities, such as:
Music therapists use music to improve their patients’ self-awareness, confidence, independence, attention skills, and other mental health deficiencies. It can also help them deal with substance abuse.
Music’s effect on our brain can be complicated. The pitch, melody, and tempo are processed differently in the brain. For instance, the cerebellum processes rhythm, while the frontal lobe decodes the emotional signals evoked by the music. A small portion of the temporal lobe helps translate the pitch.
The nucleus accumbens, your brain’s reward center, produces strong physical signs of pleasure like goosebumps when listening to inspiring music. Your brain’s reaction to music helps people deal with their mental health conditions in music therapy.
Music therapy can work as an active process, where clients play a role in writing songs, or a passive process where they listen and respond to it. Some therapists use a combination of active and passive interaction with music. These approaches are used through the following methods:
In this approach, a music therapist encourages the patient to improvise dialogue through playing instruments or singing to express their unconscious thoughts. The patient then discusses and reflects on these thoughts with the therapist.
This music therapy combines psychoanalysis with making music. Patients usually identify their “music identity,” which is usually the genre that is most close to their psychological state.
With cognitive behavioral music therapy, therapists use music to reinforce specific behaviors and modify others. This is a structured and non-improvisational approach that may include activities such as listening to music, singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
Community music therapy focuses on facilitating change on a community level. Patients should expect music therapists to use it in a group setting where there’s a high level of engagement between the group members.
This method is also referred to as creative music therapy. Patients play a musical instrument such as a drum or cymbal while therapists accompany it with another instrument. This improvisational approach helps in self-expression.
Withdrawal symptoms vary based on the type of substance used and how long an individual has experienced a dependence upon that substance.
Typical symptoms of withdrawal include: 10
Someone with a drug or alcohol dependence may experience additional withdrawal symptoms and will not always experience all of the symptoms listed. Symptoms will also vary depending upon what substance the individual uses. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days up to several weeks. The severity of symptoms depends on how long the individual used the substance and how much they regularly use it.10
Many factors set drug addiction and drug dependence apart. While drug dependence refers only to the body and brain’s reaction to repeated substance use, drug addiction encompasses much more, including dependence. 6
Unlike drug dependence, drug addiction is a diagnosable medical condition. It is a disease, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Addiction occurs when an individual compulsively uses a substance regardless of any negative consequences they may experience as a result.9
It is challenging for someone with an addiction to achieve and maintain sobriety. However, attending a treatment program and continuing care afterward can increase someone’s likelihood of staying off the substance for good.
Someone with an addiction may have developed a dependence upon a substance; however, the term drug dependence does not encompass all that addiction does, including the significant difficulty someone struggling with addiction experiences when attempting to stop using a substance. 9
Understanding some of the most common signs and symptoms of addiction can help determine if you are suffering from an addiction. If you determine that you are experiencing any combination of these signs and symptoms, it is essential to reach out to a mental health professional and seek treatment as soon as possible.
Someone with an addiction will usually have made at least one unsuccessful attempt to stop using a specific substance. The desire for this substance overcomes any desire to stop using it for good. 11
Individuals suffering from addiction often use more of a substance than they originally intended to. This type of use can lead to an overdose. Unfortunately, this consequence is not always enough for someone to make the decision to stop using the substance. 11
Drug addictions usually come with cravings for the substance. Someone with an addiction will spend thinking about and planning their drug use. They begin to spend more and more time and energy trying to get and use the drug of their choice.11
Someone with a drug addiction will often prioritize acquiring the substance they are addicted to over other essential and necessary purchases, such as rent and food.11
Drug addiction can cause individuals to stop engaging in activities that once brought them joy in favor of their drug of choice. Other once enjoyable activities stop bringing the individual the same joy and fulfillment they once did. It is often difficult for someone with an addiction to enjoy any activity they used to enjoy without feeling the effects of the substance of their choice.11
Someone with an addiction may engage in risky behaviors, such as trading sex or stealing money for drugs or the drugs themselves. Drug addiction may also cause someone to drive while under the influence. Someone under the influence will often drive fast, dangerously, and sometimes violently.11
An individual with an addiction will often continue using substances even after developing related illnesses. Substance use can cause serious health problems and mental conditions that vastly impact the quality of life. Regardless of these consequences, someone with an addiction will prioritize using over recovering from illnesses.11
Drug addiction can lead to interpersonal issues between individuals with addiction and their friends and family members. The person with an addiction often prefers to do so alone and prioritizes their use over these important relationships.11
Individuals with a drug addiction may find it challenging to carry out daily responsibilities with family and friends and at school and work. Family members and employers begin to see them as unreliable due to their inability to show up or perform.11
The excessive drug use characteristic of a drug addiction creates an increased tolerance as the body experiences reduced effects of the substance over time. These reduced effects generate the necessity for the individual to take more and more to get the same good feeling they once did from using smaller amounts of the substance.11
When an individual with a drug addiction experiences significantly low levels of the substance they use, they will experience certain uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include cravings, sickness, irritability, restlessness, sweats, and other symptoms. In these instances, the only way to alleviate these symptoms is to use more of the substance. 11
After taking the addiction self-test and reading through the symptoms of addiction, you may have determined that you are suffering from addiction. If this is the case, it is crucial to seek treatment for your addiction as soon as possible. Treatment options include: 12
White House Recovery offers a well-rounded treatment program for individuals who suffer from drug addiction. This recovery center combines traditional modes of therapy, such as talk therapy, with experiential modes of therapy, like art therapy and music therapy. Treatment at White House Recovery is tailored to individual needs and aims to identify a sense of purpose for each individual.13
Music therapy is an essential aspect of the recovery journey offered at White House Recovery. This type of therapy includes music creation and mastery of equipment and software, which are valuable tools in learning how to perform well at any job. 13
White House Recovery has its own recording studio that offers every piece of equipment necessary to produce, edit and upload music and videos. The recording studio helps facilitate the use of music to gain inspiration and engage in the healthy expression of emotions. White House Recovery believes in finding inner strength and purpose through its music therapy program and recording studio. 13
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