Marge Simpson once emphatically stated: “Music is none of my business.” The absurdity and humor of this statement speaks for itself. The reality is that there are few, if any, forces more natural or more universal than music. Everyone has a favorite song (or, at the very least, a song that they hate) and Recovery Unplugged has helped thousands of clients use their natural emotional connection with music to gain self-awareness, catharsis and growth in treatment.
There comes a time, however, when you have to, to borrow an old blues trope (or at least what sounds like one) take the music past where you found it. Recovery Unplugged’s got you covered on the music front during treatment, but integrating it into your daily recovery is, pardon the pun, your own song. The good news is there’s plenty of ways to weave this healing art form into your everyday life, including but not limited to:
- Go to Shows – No, really…that’s it. It’s just that simple. Going to see one of your favorite bands, or even just the joy of discovering new artists though live performance not only directly connects with music, it also has the potential to provide a new sense of community and socialization—and who doesn’t love friends?
- Buy Some New Records – Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails once mused that there’s “nothing quite like the feeling of something new” and we couldn’t agree more. New music can awaken new tastes and revitalize dormant passions and sensibilities. In other words, get out there and start shopping.
- Be the (Key) Change – Learning an instrument offers a creative outlet, emotional release and a sense of accomplishment all in one neat little package. Why not spend some time learning some chords and writing your own soundtrack?
These are just a few of the ways to integrate music into recovery. Sound good? We think so, too.