Benefits of Music Therapy in Treating Addictions
June 27, 2011
Hosted by Mary Woods
Since ancient times music has been used for healing the body, mind, spirit. This show will increase awareness about the profession of music therapy, and the benefits of incorporating music therapy into substance abuse treatment. Kathy Murphy will help people understand how music therapists help those in recovery connect to their creativity so that emotional and spiritual needs can be met without the use of substances. The primary goal is to create a “safe place” within which the participants can explore their relationship with their Higher Power, obstacles to recovery, and the new ways of being. In addition, music experiences such as listening, singing, playing and imaging are seen as ways to identify and practice new ways of responding to stress/anxiety, to gain insight into old behaviors and improve moods.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.