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Music in Rehabilitation

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Music is made with you in mind, and perhaps that’s why it’s a huge part of the rehabilitation process. Numerous celebrities and musical sensations can relate to the demanding struggle of addiction, and for them, music is an outlet. For many people, that music is also an outlet. The lyrics you hum in your head, chorusing over and over again when a temptation slithers through – those lyrics are made with you in mind.

They’re made with the emotions of every lost soul that’s suffered from addiction. That’s the magical thing about music: it’s relatable to different people for different reasons. When it comes to the healing process, music is a must have.

There’s research showing that music can heal a brain suffering from addiction. Many therapists and doctors bring music into the rehabilitation and detoxification process in several different ways. One of the most common uses of music in therapies related to addiction is using certain rhythms as coping mechanisms for emotional triggers that spawn temptations.

You’ll find a rhythm that calms you and resonates inside of you, and you’ll learn that rhythm – how it sounds, how it feels, and how it affects you. The key is to hum – or even think – of that rhythm when an emotional trigger stems. Let it calm you, let it soothe you, and let it curb your temptation.

Aside from the general healing that music can achieve during therapeutic practices, it can also be great for your mentality. Music is inspirational in many forms to many people. Sometimes a certain song can put more inspiration and motivation in us than a year of counseling or therapy. Having music at your leisure is an important part of healing in the rehabilitation process, if only for how it makes you feel.

Sometimes music is all you need to curb depression or the onslaught of an anxiety attack. Other times, music can help you release pent up emotions and aggression. Regardless of your reason for enjoying music, going through rehabilitation is no reason to stop enjoying it.

In fact, the healing nature that music can provide during this process tends to stick with you even after. Songs and rhythms that you learned in rehab will be on the back of your mind when you’re living in normalcy again. In a way, having the gift of music always near is comforting because it will never leave. Sometimes music can even help explain how you feel to other people.

Have you ever told someone that you don’t know how to explain how you’re feeling? Yet, there’s that one song that just explains it so clearly… This example is just one opportunity to utilize music pre and post rehabilitation. Overall, music is an important part of rehab because of its healing qualities and lasting impressions.

There’s something magical about falling in love with a tune during music therapy in rehabilitation, and then enjoying that tune when you’re out of rehabilitation and in the comfort of your own home.

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