Music is an important part of most of our lives. So important, in fact, that it has a very definite impact on short-term mood and cognitive ability. Over years of research, it has been learned that the effects of music on the mind and body are profound enough that it can be harnessed for a number of therapeutic purposes. Among them are treatments for substance abuse, compulsive behaviours, and emotional issues such as depression and anxiety.
Most countries in the West now recognise music therapy as a legitimate medical profession practised by licenced professionals who have been trained in the therapeutic use of music. Licenced therapists spend years studying the effects of music on the mind and body along with strategies to effectively use music to accomplish individualised goals based on need.
We know from first-hand experience that music therapy is very useful in the kinds of treatments we offer. Like art therapy, music therapy gives our clients an avenue of expression that can help them better communicate those things that trouble them. It also enhances other treatments by promoting relaxation, mental calm, and introspection.
Music is such a powerful therapeutic tool that there are literally dozens of ways it can be used to help our clients. If you were to visit any of our rehab clinics, you would observe music being used in multiple ways at any given time. From formal counselling sessions to the ambient music being played to create a relaxing atmosphere, it is everywhere.
In a formal setting, music may be used to:
We have found that the most effective use of music in a formal setting is to help control moods. How well a person responds emotionally to treatment is a determining factor in the eventual outcome of that treatment, so keeping moods calm and relaxed is imperative to maintaining a therapeutic recovery setting.
Our use of music as a therapy does not end with residential treatment. Rather, we equip our clients to continue using music as a therapeutic tool for as long as is necessary for their journey to permanent recovery. After formal treatment, music can be applied to the following:
From time to time, we help clients who turn out to be very talented in the arena of music. The existence of such talent creates opportunities a therapist can use to provide meaning and purpose to the patient. For example, a patient who demonstrates a talent for writing can be encouraged to pursue that writing during and after treatment. Even if compositions are never published, the process of creating music still gives the recovering individual meaning and purpose.
Music therapy (and its art therapy counterpart) can be amazingly helpful in helping our clients. But music alone will rarely be enough to successfully treat substance abuse, addiction, and mental or emotional issues. Therefore, we combine music with other therapies to offer patients a complete compendium of care.
If you are visiting our website because you suspect you need professional treatment, the treatment plan we develop for you will depend on your unique circumstances. By contacting us, you will be giving us the opportunity to conduct a thorough assessment of your current situation. We use a series of targeted questions based on scientifically proven standards to determine the scope and seriousness of what you are dealing with.
Once we know where you stand, we can then walk you through the various treatment facilities and therapies offered in your local area. If there is nothing suitable close by, no worries. We have treatment options available throughout the UK to meet any need.
Ultimately, you have the final say about what kind of treatments you receive and where you will receive them. If you require further assistance arranging for admission to one of our treatment programmes, our trained counsellors can provide it to you. The number one goal of UKAT is to assist those struggling with addiction or mental or emotional issues in finding and accessing the treatments they need.