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May 5, 2019

Today we’re talking about music therapy and how it's being used to help individuals on their road to recovery.


It's hard for us as human beings to deal with things in life that cause us inner turmoil, fear, anxiety, depression, or guilt. These emotions are so heavy and hard to deal with.

So, we seek a respite - we seek something to help us get away from it all. There are many ways that we can distract ourselves from the things that are causing us pain.

We can do this in a positive way, such as meditation, listening to music, or perhaps walking in a beautiful garden.

But, if instead, we're consistently doing something self-destructive, such as getting high, getting drunk, or choosing some other unhealthy distraction, then it might be time to seek help.

Board certified Music Therapist, Tim Ringgold, joins me today to share how music interacts with the brain and why this is relevant to addiction treatment and recovery.


We Discuss:

  • "Grief avoidance response mechanisms" and the role that grief plays in addictive disorders
  • How music therapy can decrease anxiety and increase mindfulness and healthy coping skills
  • Some of the biggest myths that we have around making music in our culture today
  • How music interacts with the brain and why it's relevant to addiction treatment and recovery
  • Different ways that we can interact with music therapeutically for a healthy form of respite
  • Using music to tap into four different domains of a person: physical, mental, social, and spiritual


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