Music & Art Therapy
Music & Art Therapy at The Ridge
For those working to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, a multi-faceted approach is the best way to achieve lasting sobriety. What works for one individual might not work for the next, but by offering an individualized program that works with the strengths of each client, it is possible to provide a successful program for everyone.
Advanced Therapies at the Ridge
Music and art therapy are subsets of psychotherapy that are commonly used in the treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism. Both therapies promote personal growth and discovery for individuals who are struggling with the effects of addiction. Music and art therapy are offered as part of an individual’s inpatient therapy at the Ridge. Our doctors have observed lasting benefits to those in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction.
Music therapy dates back to the 1970s and is a form of treatment that helps improve the overall functioning and mental stability of the client. During music therapy, clients do more than listen to music – they analyze lyrics, discover emotions that songs expose, and create music themselves. Music therapy is used along with psychotherapy and group discussions to help individuals express themselves and grow emotionally and psychologically.
At the Ridge, we offer a weekly music therapy group. During the therapy group, making music, listening to music, and discussion occurs to assist clients in communication and skill development. According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), this type of therapy is beneficial regardless of the person’s musical background or ability.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Music therapy uses musical interaction as a form of communication to address the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social functioning of clients. It helps clients increase motivation, relieve muscle tension, decrease anxiety, develop coping skills, and improve group cohesion. Music is a form of sensory stimulation that elicits responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it.
- Increase motivation
- Relieve muscle tension
- Decrease anxiety
- Enhance positivity
- Increase attention and concentration
- Promote positive emotions
- Help prevent relapse
- Reduced depression, anxiety, stress and anger
- Develop coping skills
- Enhance mindfulness and relaxation techniques
- Increase willingness to seek addiction treatment
- Improve group cohesion
Art therapy, which has been used in America since the 1950s, uses different artistic approaches to encourage personal and emotional growth and development. It employs creative activities as a way to provide emotional release, self-expression, stress management, and adjustment to recovery.
Research has shown that art therapy helps individuals express themselves in non-verbal ways, showing emotion through their creations and even releasing stress during difficult times. This type of therapy is empowering because it gives the person the ability to discover themselves with the help of their creation and a therapist. Art therapy helps to increase the client’s comfort and receptiveness to treatment and recovery. At The Ridge, art therapy is offered for all of our clients, in addition to regular psychotherapy and group counseling sessions.
Benefits of Art Therapy
Art therapy can improve thinking and sensory-motor functioning, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, encourage insight development, and nurture emotional intelligence. This form of therapy engages mind, body, and spirit in creative activity to develop necessary skills for recovery. It allows clients to utilize a different medium to communicate and allows for emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.
- Reduce denial
- Improve thinking
- Improve sensory-motor functioning
- Increase self-esteem and self-awareness
- Decrease resistance to addiction treatment
- Improve communication skills
- Nurture emotional intelligence
- Decrease shame and guilt
- Increase motivation
- Improve social skills in group settings
Help for Addiction at the Ridge
The Ridge is an inpatient treatment center located in Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. We serve individuals from around the region with effective, individualized addiction treatment. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which to recover, and our expert staff uses a variety of therapy methods for long-term sobriety.
The Ridge’s programming is directed by physicians, and our staff includes psychiatrists, licensed counselors, addictionologists, nurses, and support staff. We are Joint Commission Accredited, and our experienced staff is able to work with individuals with any type of addiction. The program we offer is based on the 12-Steps and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but we specialize in and integrate various therapy modalities, including art and music therapy, into our sessions.
With a compassionate staff and clear, understandable treatment methods and goals, drug treatment is nothing to be afraid of, but instead an invaluable asset for an addicted person to get healthy again.