Music Is Our Medicine: The Power of Music in Addiction Recovery

Turn the Ticking Clock of Addiction into the Beat of a Drum

Recovery Unplugged is the first and only addiction care organization in the world to fully utilize music in addiction treatment. We are proud to offer a full continuum of care throughout our multiple locations across the country, including medically supervised detoxification, group therapy and individualized counseling, various supplemental clinical modalities, intervention, aftercare and more. We combine traditional elements of treatment with innovative, proven and effective techniques that allow clients to work music into addiction recovery, such as:

  • Songwriting and Composition
  • Therapeutic Drumming
  • Performance and Production
  • Listening and Analysis
  • Live Performances

Music has proven to be clinically beneficial in a variety of physical and mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma and even chronic pain. Recovery Unplugged uses music in addiction treatment to help clients break down emotional barriers and address the root causes of their substance use disorder in ways traditional talk therapy often can't.

Multiple Treatment Options for All Types of Clients

Recovery Unplugged recognizes that each client requires customized treatment to address their unique care needs, and we offer every type of program model, including:

  • Inpatient and Residential
  • Regular and Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  • Long-Term Treatment

Our care services are designed to address each client’s individual care needs, from those who need intense and targeted residential care for opioid addiction to those who may benefit from outpatient care for alcoholism. We understand that not every client needs residential treatment and that some clients require care beyond what outpatient services can provide. Our musical medicine approach works in every treatment paradigm.

Musical Medicine Is for Everyone

Our programs are open to clients of all musical backgrounds, from casual listeners to accomplished songwriters and recording artists. Every client has the potential to beenfit from using music in addiction treatment. You don’t need a degree in musicology to be emotionally moved by a melody; you don’t need a hundred writing credits to feel the drama and importance of a key change; you don’t need to tour 350 days per year to be affected by the right lyrics. Recovery Unplugged distills the emotional benefits of music to help our clients experience unfiltered, cathartic emotional release.

Our therapies help clients develop confidence, safely confront their trauma and develop the emotional tools they need to successfully manage their recovery on a daily basis.

The Man Behind the Medicine

The Recovery Unplugged treatment approach is largely driven by our Chief Strategy Officer Paul Pellinger, CAC. A man who literally wrote the book on music-based addiction care, Paul is a bestselling author, a veteran of the addiction treatment industry, a genuine music lover and one of the most sought-after speakers in the field. Under his leadership and guidance, Recovery Unplugged has been able to help thousands of people across the country overcome their addiction and experience the power of music in addiction recovery.

Download a copy of Paul’s bestselling book Music Is Our Medicine to learn more about his journey and the Recovery Unplugged treatment process.

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