We are in Nashville after all. We like to say that ILC is right in the heart of music city due to our location on Music Row. If Music Row is the heart of Nashville, then music is the life source that the city runs on. It’s in our history, our foundation and our blood. We believe that there’s no place more fitting for a Music Therapy modality in recovery treatment than right here. Music touches the soul in ways other art forms can’t and for many, it’s the life-changing experience they need to implement real change.
Music Therapy holds a widely integrated and important role within recovery. Music therapists who work within recovery use the connection between music and the brain to support treatment through intrinsic motivation and often focus on goals of empowerment, improved self-confidence, and deepened emotional insights.
Music therapists address individualized, person-centered goals, addressing needs in physical, psycho-social, emotional, cognitive and/or spiritual domains. Specific goals within recovery music therapy could include enhancement of relationships, support of healthy coping skills, facilitation of greater self-awareness, increased emotional expression, improved social cohesion, or increased insight regarding one’s higher power.
Common interventions within recovery music therapy include:
- Lyric analysis
- Relaxation techniques
- Song discussion
- Guided imagery
- Vocal improvisation
- Instrumental improvisation
Research on music therapy in addiction and mental health treatment shows that physical symptoms, including the perception of pain from detox and stress levels, can greatly improve. Studies also show improvement in emotional and psychological experiences such as depression, anxiety, and anger, increasing one’s locus of control and promoting motivation for internal change.