Chemical dependency, or simply, addiction, is a multifaceted disease. One that is not only physical, but also psychological, emotional and spiritual.
Professionals have not been able to pinpoint one exact cause into why someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, but studies have found a variety of different factors that can contribute to such a disease.
Environment, genetics, peer influence, mental illness and trauma can all influence the onset of chemical dependency and alcoholism. Most will also say that although addiction is not a choice, an individual makes an initial decision to begin experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol. Thus, a personal choice can contribute in some way to the onset chemical dependency.
Therefore, the treatment of addiction cannot rely solely on one method or form of therapy. A multitude of clinical practices and holistic treatments can benefit someone in their treatment and recovery process.
One of these practices, music therapy, has been around since the 70s, but has become more popular in recent years.
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as a clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by credentialed professionals. During this practice, professionals address physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of the individual.
Chemical Dependency & Music Therapy
Although music therapy alone cannot treat addiction, it is known to have great value in the treatment and recovery process.
Each drug, ranging from alcohol to cocaine to benzodiazepines, all have some sort of negative effect on the brain and neurotransmitters. Opioid-based drugs especially, such as Percocet and heroin, have a significant impact on dopamine receptors.
The neurotransmitter, dopamine, is known as the “feel good” receptor. It is plays an important role in energy, mood, motivation and pleasure. When someone abuses drugs for an extended period of time, the brain becomes depleted of these receptors.
Studies show that music therapy can naturally stimulate the creation of new brain chemicals such as dopamine.
Other benefits to music therapy include:
- Allows a person to express feelings and emotions
- Counteracts feelings of boredom and loneliness
- Reduces levels of anxiety & depression
- Reduces cravings
- Improves concentration
- Can help individuals evolve on a spiritual level
In Need of Treatment for Chemical Dependency? Contact Clearbrook.
Clearbrook Treatment Centers has been offering high-quality treatment for those who suffer from chemical dependency for over 40 years.
When a person arrives at Clearbrook, a treatment plan is established to best suit their needs. Along with attending small groups and individual sessions, a patient will take part in complementary groups such as music and art therapy.
Do you need help for your drug or alcohol problem and do not know where to start? Our Admissions Specialists are available 24 hours a day and can assist you in the process.
Please do not wait any longer. Contact us today, and see what sobriety has to offer.