Art, Music, and Recovery

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Art, Music, and Recovery

Recovery is not only about attending meetings and calling your sponsor. While this is important, recovery can be fun and new. There are many different approaches to boosting your recovery. Art and music is a powerful tool to help you stay focused and committed to your recovery.

The arts and music has a big impact on your brain. Not all music is created equal however. There was a study done several years back that showed how classical music helped plants grow and thrive. The same plants were exposed to heavy rock music and died. Gentle tones and notes are what encouraged the plant growth.

The arts, especially music, activates every part of the brain. Musicians have bigger, better connected brims compared to those who weren’t exposed to music on a regular basis. There is some evidence that being involved with the arts makes you smarter and more focused.

Art and music is an excellent coping tool for stress. You don’t have to be a musician or artist to achieve the benefits. Art, specifically coloring, has been shown to have the same effect as meditation.

Music lowers cortisol in the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone. Excessive cortisol is linked to extra weight in the abdomen area, cardiovascular risks, and other health risks.

In general, music and art can be an excellent coping tool. Developing new coping skills is critical to your recovery. Listening to music increases the production of dopamine, the feel good chemical. If you hear a favorite song, dopamines are increased, and your mood is lifted.  Essentially, music literally makes you feel better.

Music and art encourages calmness. Music and art can help you cope with difficult times in a healthy way. Listening to music and art lowers your stress levels.

Life can be stressful. Recovery is a beautiful gift, but it can be challenging at times, especially in the beginning. Learning healthier ways to manage and heal is an important skill. You can get your fill of art and music by considering doing these activities:

  • Go to a concert
  • Attend the symphony
  • Listen to a jazz record
  • Color in meditation, adult coloring books
  • Take an intro to painting class
  • Consider learning an instrument
  • Have a sober karaoke party

At The Kimberly Center, we care about your recovery. Contact us now at 855-4-KCENTER to learn more about what addiction treatment involves. We are committed to helping you or your loved one stop the cycle of addiction with education and treatment. At the Kimberly Center, you can trust our expertise. You are in safe hands.

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