Music Therapy as Rehabilitation Aid

Music Therapy as Rehabilitation Aid

I grew up in a home full of music. We played in bands and orchestras and witnessed a countless number of exciting stories about how participating in arts and music helped turned around the life of a young person falling into the grasp of addiction. For many, it was a new meaning, new friends and a new way of thinking. They were busy with another thing and another crowd. The music was also uplifting and inspiring.

But music can have an even more profound effect and become a powerful aid in the painful process of addiction recovery. This is the power of Music Therapy. According to the Music Therapy Association of Ontario, Music Therapy can be defined as "the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health."

Music therapy can work wonders for people in the process to overcome an addiction. The person struggling with sobriety may experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Participating in the process of creating music can be of help by balancing the emotions and helping the person cope with the stress while boosting the mood. It could also prevent or alleviate the sense of loneliness that many experiences during this process. Performing in a band, an orchestra or ensemble can give you a sense of belonging and purpose. Music can also improve concentration and memory and may help alleviate the mental fuzziness that patients in recovery frequently describe as part of the rehabilitation process.


1. Music Therapy Definition. The Music Therapy Association of Ontario.

2. Music Therapy in Addiction Recovery.

3. Stephanie Torres, The Palm Beach Institute. How Music Can Help Your Recovery.

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