Music can have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. The right song can pick you up when you are feeling down, make you recall fond memories, and give you a natural boost of energy to get you through the day. When combining music therapy and mental health treatment such as behavioral therapy, a healthy atmosphere of healing is created. In this atmosphere, patients can create and listen to music with their peers as a way to benefit their recovery. In fact, music therapy is a very effective tool in improving patients’ moods and desires to reach their recovery goals.
At Crestview Recovery, we provide compassionate support for men and women 18 and over who are struggling with depression, PTSD, or other mental health conditions. We use a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies to treat a number of mental health disorders using the body’s own healing powers. If you would like to learn more about the positive effects of music on mental health, call 866.262.0531 or send us a message online today, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Understanding How Music Therapy and Mental Health Work
Music affects each person in different ways. Therefore, before starting a music therapy program, your therapist will get to know you and your musical preferences. Using this information, they then create a program where you will create new music, sing, dance, and talk about the lyrics and what feelings or emotions they invoke.
Men and women who know how to play an instrument can create new music and perform it for their peers as part of their therapy. After a few sessions, you will discover how music therapy has many positive physical and mental effects, including:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving memory
- Enhances communication and social skills
- Reduces muscle tension
- Increases motivation and joy
At Crestview Recovery, our team is well aware of the positive effects of music on mental health. That’s why we use music therapy along with additional holistic methods to treat addiction and other mental health illnesses.
The Positive Effects of Music on Mental Health
Today, most men and women prefer a more holistic or natural way to cope with their feelings and emotions. Music therapy is just one type of holistic therapy that is available for treating a number of mental health disorders.
Here are just some of the positive psychological effects of music therapy:
- Emotional effects – Music therapy can help you recall and process pent-up emotions, decrease depression symptoms, and greatly improve your mood. It also helps with self-expression, stress management, and improving self-esteem.
- Physical effects – Music has a physical effect on the body and can impact heart rates and blood pressure. Music therapy can help you relax and improve sleep patterns, improve motor functions, and can reduce or distract you from emotional pain.
- Cognitive effects – Music has a positive effect on the brain and can improve focus and concentration, memory retention, and can reduce symptoms of dementia.
- Social effects – Music therapy is very beneficial in building bonds with your peers and can improve socializing and communication skills.
Combining music therapy and mental health treatment is a very effective way to help you discover the power within yourself to make positive changes in your life.
Crestview Recovery Specializes in Holistic Therapies for Treating Mental Health Disorders
At Crestview Recovery, we support men and women from all backgrounds who are struggling with social anxiety, substance use disorder, or other mental health disorders. We offer residential and outpatient treatment programs where you will work on your recovery in a safe and empowering environment. In addition to music therapy, your treatment program may include other types of therapies, such as:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Family therapy
- Group and individual therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Other holistic therapies
Today is the best day to take that first step toward a healthier future. Call 866.262.0531 to learn more about the psychological effects of music therapy at our mental health treatment center.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.