Recovery Unplugged recently published a FREE white paper on the positive impact of music in addiction treatment, and its power to heal those suffering from deep-rooted emotional trauma. We are exceedingly proud of our own Dr. David Kramer for his authorship of this document and look forward to being an integral part of the ongoing conversation conversation regarding more progressive and specialized therapies in addiction care. The days of cookie-cutter treatment are over. Addiction is an unpredictable disease that impacts many, if not all, aspects of sufferers’ lives. Patients in treatment will benefit best from a program that is equipped and inclined to offer the most targeted treatment possible. A fundamental element of this approach is the inclusion of innovative supplemental treatment therapies.
One of the fundamental realities of addiction is that no two cases are exactly the same. Each individual develops and maintains a substance abuse issue based on their own unique set of lifestyle and mental health circumstances. While there may be broad and abstract contributing factors that give birth to substance abuse and allow it to continue (trauma, mental illness, family history, etc.), each sufferer experiences their own painful journey within these paradigms. Despite the unique nature of the disease of addiction from patient to patient, there has, for a long time, been a singular and largely uniform way of treating the problem in a clinical setting that isn’t always able to take into account patients’ specific care needs.
Just as no two cases of substance abuse are identical, neither should the programs through which they’re treated. Each patient should have the benefit of a targeted and individualized care program that addresses their care needs, not only through talk therapy and traditional 12-step counseling; but also through a series of supplemental therapies, the benefits of which speak to the heart of the patients’ deep-rooted emotional issues. As the addiction treatment landscape becomes more and more complex, and new substance abuse threats are emerging at seemingly rapid intervals, an increasing amount of therapies are being developed based on their promising results within select patient populations.
Modalities like music therapy, equine-assisted therapy, art therapy and creative journaling have all proven to be effective in helping patients access their internal voice, overcome their anxiety, relate to others and increase their personal strength and confidence. These techniques empower patients, often on a primal level, and pick up where traditional talk therapy often falls short. While they are not meant to replace proven treatment techniques like group therapy and one-on-one counseling, they have proven extremely effective when incorporated into a larger overall care program.