The Benefits of Sound Therapy During Addiction Recovery
Since the 12th century, sound healing has been used in various forms by cultures the world over. And in recent decades, this form of alternative therapy has gained significant popularity during treatment for addiction. So what exactly is sound healing and how is it effective during recovery?
The Science Behind Sound Healing
Sound therapy uses rhythm and vibration to create positive vibrational changes and relieves stress. Sound therapies work to send frequencies to various parts of the body. However, what is important to note here is the “pitch” or sound wave, its vibrational frequency, and how this frequency affects our bodies. For example, if the sound wave is sped up, so is the frequency and our bodies become more stimulated. Conversely, the slower the pitch, the slower the frequency vibrates and the more relaxed our mind and bodies become.
But can sound therapy actually heal? Though researchers continue to step into studying the effects of sound healing, there is still no definite clinical proof of its efficacy. However, a study in The National Library of Medicine and Institutes of Health (2016) discussed the effects of Tibetan singing bowl meditation on both men and women and concluded, “Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being.”
Sound Therapy in Addiction Treatment
There is a lot of stress in early recovery due to detox and withdrawal, coping with a roller-coaster of emotions, and working through triggers/cravings. Sound therapy has been shown to reduce physical and emotional stress, helping to create a sense of balance and calm to those in treatment. Sound therapy is also useful in promoting self-esteem and a sense of connection. It can also be an effective way to release energy and express emotions such as anger or sadness. Some people report a boost in their immune system, relief of chronic pain, and overall improved wellbeing.
What Does a Sound Therapy Session Involve?
Depending on the sound healing method, the session can be conducted in a variety of ways. Traditional sound therapy uses a variety of instruments such as didgeridoos, singing bowls, drums, sound gongs, and tuning forks. A session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from a speaker or someone playing instruments live. You may be encouraged to participate in using these instruments or you may want to remain still and meditate. The treatment is tailored to your needs.
Sound Therapy, Addiction, and Treatment
Sound healing as a complementary treatment has been found to be effective for stress reduction and relaxation. At Daylight Recovery Services, we provide an integrative approach to addiction treatment and recovery, including alternative therapies such as Reiki, meditation, and sound healing. These modalities are all designed to reconnect your mind and your body, to reduce the stress of addiction, and start the process of recovery. If you or a loved one is battling addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Make the life-saving decision to free yourself from the harmful and deadly effects of addiction and contact Daylight Recovery Services today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT. While there is no cure for addiction, treatment is available and there is hope in recovery.