Music Therapy

How is music therapy used in rehabilitation?


Some examples of how music therapy is used in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders include:

  • Lyric analysis
  • Relaxation training
  • Songwriting
  • Musical games
  • Improvisational performance

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Patients go beyond simply listening to music to engage emotions, motivations, and barriers to recovery through lyrics and melody.”

How does music help with recovery?


Studies are showing that music therapy has many positive benefits for those recovering from substance use disorders (SUDs).

Here are some examples:

  • There are positive emotional responses to patients engaging in songwriting and lyric analyses.
  • Drumming provides relaxation “and can be useful for patients who have experienced repeated relapses.”
  • Patient participation in music therapy-related activities helps decrease “anxiety, depression, anger, and stress.”
  • Music therapy has been shown to improve patients’ “willingness to participate in SUD treatment.”

What disorders does music therapy treat?


Besides substance use disorders (SUDs), there are a wide variety of mental health conditions that music therapy is used to treat, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder

Music Therapy for Teen Addiction and Mental Health at Horizon Recovery


Music therapy is one of the featured holistic therapies we offer teens recovering from addiction and mental health disorders.

Some of our other therapies include:

  • Art Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Pet Therapy

Would your teen benefit from a recovery program like ours? Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today.