Sound healing is a powerful tool in recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol, but its use in addiction treatment centers is still well behind the curve. Similar to music therapy, sound healing has been used for thousands of years as a method for healing the body. Vibrations from sounds can trigger the state of brain wave activity to help guide you to a peaceful state. It has been known to provide all around relief for mental, emotional, and physical issues - such as addiction, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, pain, and much more. Sound healing is an activity that anyone can participate in and find peace.
New into addiction treatment most people experience anxiety, pain, discomfort, and fear. Sound therapy, also called vibrational medicine, using tuning forks, singing bowls, and gongs to calm the body. Especially of interest to people new into recovery from drugs and alcohol is that sound therapy doesn't require any experience, knowledge, or even belief. It works in a calming manner whether the individual wants it to or not.
Passive, participatory experiences are created by activating certain parts of the brain. This works in much the same manner as the joy or peace that comes with hearing a favorite song, or on the negative side, the jolt that comes from the sound of your alarm clock.
Holistic forms of treatment have allowed patients to find alternatives to psychoactive medications that treat a variety of issues. Patterned sound therapies have been proven to help treat sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and helps to manage stress, PTSD, depression and even pain. By alerting parts of the brain that regulate reactions produced by chemical secretions, sound therapy is better able to stimulate a healing and therapeutic response.
Furthermore, through the use of neuro-feedback, specialists are better able to find a rhythm that institutes favorable responses in their patients, thus tracking changes organically. These specialists can use everything from computer programs to electrode neural imaging to help decipher which parts of the brain respond positively.
All modes of sound healing and therapy are proven effective however. In the least invasive of processes, therapists are able to help patients through the use of meditation. Sound waves firstly balance the patient, and changes in sound waves then can usher in different wavelengths, accessing different parts of the brain. This is especially helpful in the first year of drug and alcohol rehab, when people literally need to rewire their brains.
They are then able to help the patient pass from participatory listening to passive listening. This process allows the patient to remain seated and alert (beta state), to a relaxed consciousness known as alpha, into theta which is deep meditative state, and lastly delta, which promotes healing while the patient sleeps. Some believe that the use of sound therapies can help to alter a shift in energy. This shift can help to filter negative energy and supplement it with positive energy, allowing for balance.
By implementing sound therapy and holistic modalities into your addiction treatment experience, you may further find a change in mind, body, soul. By alleviating pent up stress and aggression attributed to long term drug & alcohol addiction or chemical imbalances, clients are able to focus on where the imbalances come from. Introducing other forms of sound therapy in a group setting helps to strengthen to bonds between therapists and their respective clients. For many who are undergoing detox from drugs or alcohol, sound therapy can help alleviate symptoms of chronic pain. When done in a peaceful environment, patients find they easily see this area as a safe place, thus allowing more in depth therapy to continue.