How Music-Based Therapy Promotes Positive Mental Health

Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center A Lifelong Healing Resource: Examining the Ways Music Therapy Promotes Positive Mental Health throughout our Lives
Dominic Nicosia

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Dominic Nicosia

Recovery Unplugged has established its entire treatment philosophy based on the inherent healing properties of music-based therapy. We have seen first-hand how our patients are able to pull themselves out of a life of active substance abuse through music-based therapy; however, this art form has healing capabilities beyond addiction treatment. It can have a positive impact on everyday life, whether we’re in recovery or not. There is a clinical basis for the positive emotions that music promotes. This plays out in a number of different everyday scenarios that we may not even realize until we stop and think about the role that music plays in our quality of life.

Lullabies: Music, Babies and Beyond

Music therapy can have a positive effect on children throughout their entire upbringing, from the innate sense of calm they get from lullabies to the profound sense of achievement, socialization and confidence they get from playing an instrument or sharing their love of a particular artist or genre with their friends. Music has also been shown to help kids improve their cognitive ability and recall. Think of the songs we sing when we’re kids to remember things like the alphabet.

Adulthood: Taking on Life’s Challenges with Music

As we go through the trials and tribulations that inevitably accompany adulthood, music can become one of our most dependable and therapeutic lifelong allies; this is true for those of everyone, from those of us who struggle with crippling mental illness to those of us who are simply prone to melancholy and have experienced trauma. Whether it’s listening to a favorite record and experiencing those primal emotions of joy or taking a more active role and playing and recording, music therapy is there for us in the best and worst of times, in a variety of ways.

Senior Citizenhood: Prolonging and Preserving Quality of Life

More and more data indicates the efficacy of music therapy in the treatment of age-related conditions, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The favorite songs from our pasts can help us hang on to our present and while prolonging and improving the quality of our future. Music represents an unfiltered and purely instinctive tangible that we can hang on to as we enter our advanced years. When we fail to remember certain specifics about our pasts, a certain melody or lyric could be just the thing to bring us back.

While it has specifically worked wonders throughout our client community, Recovery Unplugged urges everyone out there to let a little more music therapy into their lives; your mental health may be all the better for it.

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia

The Senior Content Writer here at Recovery Unplugged, Dominic Nicosia oversees the maintenance of our online blog while also handling and overseeing all written communications within Marketing. He also writes articles, thought leadership pieces, and basically everything written regarding web content. Dominic has over seven years of writing experience in the addiction care field and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Dominic has been writing and playing music for years and is the proud owner of a Jack Russell/Pitbull mix named Jack. His favorite books are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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