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Music Therapy and Addiction

Welcome to my extensive compilation of therapeutic resources from the web.  I am trying to provide links to resources with additional information on the topics raised in my music and on this website.

Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression.  It combines both words and sound to deliver a message.  Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind.  There is no doubt, there is a strong connection between music and our feelings.

Through my experiences in therapy, I very quickly realized that people simply do not like to sit down and just begin pouring their hearts out to someone they don't even know.  It was for this reason that I began to draw upon my own experiences, and discovered a very powerful technique that allows me to use music, something people already listen to and identify with, as a way to help people heal.

Here, I am going to look specifically at how music can be used to help those in situations of addiction.  Here are just a few:

Under the Bridge, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Rock) :
In this popular song Anthony Kiedis sings about how when he was younger he would go "under the bridge" to meet with a drug dealer.  In interviews he has talked about this being the lowest point of his life. 

 

I Started Laughing, by Freudian Slip (Alternative/Rock) :

In this song the artist sings about the inner struggle that goes on inside the head of one that is addicted.  After all, if the addiction is causing the problem, why doesn't the person just stop?  This song is included in Utilizing Music as a Coping Skill : Featuring the Music of Freudian Slip

Click here to listen to a sample

 

River of Deceit, Mad Season :

In this song Layne Staley sings about his personal struggles with drug addiction.