Expressions in Music
“Music is the universal language of mankind” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sparking the creative process without the use of drugs or alcohol is a very important step in early recovery. Restarting the imagination takes internal motivation, work, and coaching. One of the by-products of addiction is poor self-expression. Coming out of this thought pattern is difficult, so discussion and encouragement are needed to begin the process of playing or writing music. Playing music in a healthy environment is a new experience, and practicing self-expression while allowing thoughts to flow freely without fear can feel quite foreign at first. Once individuals that are recovering from addiction do get the hang of expressing themselves through music, though, it can take them to a whole new level in their addiction recovery journey. That’s why art and music therapy is a great tool to use during addiction treatment.
What Is Art and Music Therapy?
Art and music therapy is the use of music and other forms of the creative arts such as painting, drawing, writing, etc., to improve one’s health and well-being. Art and music therapy can help improve people’s health and well-being by giving them a healthy way to express themselves.
Without such health avenues for self-expression, many people will turn to unhealthy ways to express their thoughts and emotions. For example, many people that don’t have a healthy form of self-expression exhibit anger, depression, and/or anxiety.
Others may even turn to substance misuse. Because art and music therapy is a tool that can help prevent people from turning to unhealthy behavior patterns such as the misuse of substances, many rehab centers incorporate art and music therapy into their addiction treatment programs.
Self Expression Through Art and Music Therapy During Addiction Treatment
Many people may assume that drugs and music always coincide due to pop culture and the misuse of drugs by rock artists, rappers, etc. In reality, though, music is a great tool to use to deter substance use. This is because music is a therapeutic tool that can help individuals express themselves and find their own identity.
Finding one’s own identity through music and self-expression can help deter someone from using substances for several reasons. One of these reasons is that healthy forms of self-expression, such as playing, singing, or making music, can be used as coping skills to help manage addiction triggers.
Finding one’s own identity through music and self-expression can also help improve a person’s mental health. This is because playing, singing, writing, and/or creating music can build a person’s self-confidence and sense of purpose.
Poor mental health is one of the top reasons why people start using substances. Music can improve a person’s mental health which will, in turn, deter an individual from substance use. The same is true for other forms of art.
Not only can art and music help deter an individual from using substances, but it can also help treat an individual that is recovering from substance addiction. This is because art and music can act as therapeutic tools. In fact, art and music therapy are well-known forms of holistic addiction treatment. This is, once again, because art and music provide people with a form of self-expression that can help them cope and manage their addiction triggers.
Self-Discovery Through Art and Music Therapy
Art and music therapy can help people face the underlying issues behind their substance addictions. This is because it’s often easier for people to open up and express their inner thoughts and emotions through art and music.
By opening up one’s deep inner thoughts and emotions through art and music, people can also have other moments of self-discovery that can help them treat their addictions. Some people struggle to open up through traditional forms of therapy. Art and music therapy is often the only way such individuals can reach a level of self-discovery that will allow them to truly treat their substance addictions. This is significant because many people lose themselves, their identities, and their purpose while suffering from substance addiction.