Today’s group was extra special as we were visited by MusiCares. For those of you who do not know them they are:
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The MusiCares MAP Fund provides financial and supportive assistance for music people in need of addiction recovery services. If you know of someone in the music industry who is struggling with an addiction issue, please contact MusiCares. (From https://www.grammy.org/musicares)
We all sang and clapped along to Richie’s recovery songs. These songs are part of our client’s therapy. Addiction is both a psychological and physical affliction, so the most effective therapy should address both sides of the problem. Fortunately, music can help with the psychological aspects in both rehabilitation and continuing recovery. It has been shown in several studies that music can help relax a person by altering their brainwaves in a meditative way and slowing heart and breathing rates. It can help a person reach a more optimistic state of mind, which lowers stress and blood pressure, combats depression, and even boosts the immune system. While going through rehab, the pain of withdrawal is the most important symptom to treat. Because of music’s ability to dull pain, such therapy can help cut down on the amount of painkillers used to mitigate it. Music can also alleviate the overwhelming anxiety felt by a person in this stage of recovery.
We are grateful for the support that MusiCares has given us as well as their support of addiction recovery services.