We base our treatment around the healing power of music and how it can impact change. This week there was a study published about how music helps the healing process for everyone. Queen Mary University of London published a report in the Lancet Medical Journal that “Pre-recorded music through headphones, musical pillows, or background sound systems can be a non-invasive, safe, and inexpensive intervention compared with pharmaceuticals, and can be delivered easily and successfully in a medical setting,” Music aided in the relief of pain and helped resolve anxiety. While music didn’t help them recover any faster it did help them change their outlook on their recovery. All different types of music helped them recover (based on what was comforting for them).
Music influences everything, music heals emotionally. Think about all the times we have heard songs that bring along change such as James Brown “I’m Black and I’m Proud,” or Pete Seeger’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Think about the songs that influence you the most. I remember the first time I hard Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” it brought me to tears.
Countless musicians with a message, such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Rage Against the Machine, have taken to heart Pete Seeger’s statement, “Participation [in music]. That’s what’s going to save the human race.” This is something we practice here at Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center. Our open mics and impromptu performances are something that effects our clients and they can share with you.
The past few weeks we have had some amazing open mic music, tunes ranged from hardcore to some chilled out acoustic tunes. These songs are a catalyst to bring about change in our clients. This music heals them we hope it helps you as well.