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Benefits of Music Therapy

When it comes to the types of therapy available to your teen at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, they will have many options. We offer substance use therapies that are evidence-based as well as more holistic therapies. You may be well aware of how music boosts a person's mood in general, but you might be wondering how music therapy assists in treating substance use in particular. Holistic treatments, like music therapy programs, treat your teen's mind, body, and soul after substance use. Music is closely tied to our emotions, and we use that in our treatment program to foster positive emotions and combat negative emotions. We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about all of our therapy programs and specifically how music therapy could be the key to meeting your teen's emotional, physical, and mental needs during treatment and recovery. Our caring and professional team is standing by to answer any questions you may have.

What is Music Therapy?

As part of our music therapy program, your teen will sing, create, or listen and move along to the beat of a range of songs. They'll work alongside professionally trained music therapists, who are musicians themselves. We can tailor music therapy sessions to address your teen's needs on both an individual and group level. In dealing with mental and emotional health challenges as a result of substance abuse, goals of music therapy include:
  • Relaxation
  • Communication
  • Improved quality of life
  • Stronger coping skills
  • Better decision making
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Encouraging emotional exploration
Your teen does not have to have talent or the ability to sing or play an instrument to take advantage of a music therapy program. However, you may be surprised at how they step up and try something new due to a program like this. We've seen outstanding accomplishments from the boys who take advantage of this program, and they carry this confidence into other areas of their life.

Learn More About This Integral Part of Recovery at Stonewater

Teens dealing with substance abuse can especially benefit from music therapy. That initial allure of drugs and alcohol for your teen may have been to relieve emotional stress and pain, but using music can be an even more attractive way to help them manage these same issues. Plus, a hands-on program like music therapy occupies a teen's mind and body, making it easier to avoid substance use. Seeing the boys in our program choose to sing or dance to music when feeling overwhelmed, rather than turning to substance use, is a fantastic sight. Music therapy may have even more significant benefits for teenagers suffering from addiction when combined with other holistic therapies, like art therapy. It can be the perfect complementary treatment to other more clinical treatment programs dealing with substance use. In addition to being a benefit to a teen's recovery from substance abuse, music therapy is helpful for teens who suffer from:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar disorder

Find Out What Treatment Program Is Right for Your Teen

If your teen is ready to begin a substance use treatment program, we're ready to help at Stonewater. Our substance use treatment programs can help your teen defeat a variety of dependencies, using both clinical and holistic approaches. We also offer dual diagnosis treatment. In addition to our music therapy program, we offer a variety of holistic therapeutic programs, including:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy program (DBT)
  • Pet therapy program
  • Adventure therapy program
  • Equine therapy program
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828. We're here to serve you and your son in rebuilding an excellent foundation for lifelong recovery.