NONVERBAL, ART, AND MUSIC THERAPY IN LGBT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREAMTENT
Art and Music therapy are types of nonverbal therapy that create different avenues of exploration that can’t be accomplished through “talk therapy.” It also promotes neuroplasticity, which actually heals the brain.
HOW DO NONVERBAL, ART, AND MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAMS HELP IN LGBT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT?
At Open Out, we believe that art and music therapy are a very important part of our treatment program. These nonverbal forms of therapy allow clients to access emotions and feelings that cannot be accessed by simply talking to a therapist. This therapy also allows the client to take a mental break while still being therapeutic. Our clients are given the opportunity to express themselves in a relaxing environment and we believe that this makes our treatment program more well-rounded and beneficial to the client.
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What is done during music therapy?
- There are a variety of ways that music therapy can be implemented into the therapeutic environment, including writing, playing, and listening to music.
- We facilitate two types of music therapy here at Open Out. Listening therapy allows the client to express themselves and experience the strong cathartic value of music. We also implement African Drum training by a trained professional in this art.
- Listening therapy is led by a facilitator who will choose a topic like recovery, addiction, depression, relationships, and joy. The clients will then pick a song that picks that topic and the group will listen and share about the song.
What is done during art therapy?
During Art Therapy, clients are allowed to express themselves on topics specifically related to their recovery by depicting their emotions and thoughts through drawing, painting, coloring, etc. This is used as an alternative to normal “talk-therapy.”
What are the benefits of art and music therapy?
- Encourages creativity
- Gives the client a chance to relax
- Provides an alternative for self-expression
- Allows a therapeutic mental break for the client.
- Improves social skills and respect for others.
- Helps client understand and discipline themselves and relieves tension.
- Enhances the client’s positive moods.
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