Music is the great equalizer here at Recovery Unplugged. Well, it is the great equalizer everywhere. I remember the first time I heard Otis Redding sing (I’m not that old, it was in a movie I swear). Hearing him belt out ‘I’ve been loving you’ was for me one of my favorite musical experiences ever (even if it was in a montage from the film “Heaven Help Us”). Working here I get to have experiences like that all of the time.
We all have a similar story for being touch by a song or a moment, don’t we? These moments are from going to concerts, seeing movies, listening to the radio music fills our lives and the hallways of Recovery Unplugged. Music has the power to pull all different emotions from us happiness and sadness, elation and pain. Because of this we think it is the most powerful element in recovery.
Music in recovery is perfect because according to Valorie N Salimpoor:
Music, an abstract stimulus, can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving, similar to tangible rewards that involve the striatal dopaminergic system. Using the neurochemical specificity of craclopride positron emission tomography scanning, combined with psychophysiological measures of autonomic nervous system activity, we found endogenous dopamine release in the striatum at peak emotional arousal during music listening.