Celebrate Sobriety Through Music
As one of New Start’s most popular programs, Rock to Recovery offers recovering addicts and alcoholics the chance to create and record their own songs with the help of professional musicians who are also in recovery. This celebration of sobriety through music and fellowship is a great way for clients to reflect on their progress in a fun and healthy way.
Therapeutic Benefits of Music
Rock to Recovery uses music to help people in a physical, mental, emotional and social way. The group forms a band where they choose an instrument they wish to play, write lyrics together and create a song. Doing this helps reduce stress levels in a fun and creative environment. Because the group creates a song together it also helps in a social aspect to communicate with others. The sounds and beats from the music stimulates the brain which can help the listener relax, improve their emotional state and help with anxiety. Because of these reasons, using music in Rock to Recovery is an excellent tool to overcome addiction.
People in recovery are likely to experience fluctuating emotions when they first become sober. Creating music helps them release some of the more negative emotions that they have inside. A big cause for addiction is an overwhelming amount of stress and the difficulties with managing it. Another factor is boredom in early recovery can cause relapse. Creating music creates an outlet to relief their sense of boredom. Music in recovery can become a form of enjoyment which can help eliminate the sense of depression and the feeling of being alone. In the end, music is a major factor in many peoples life’s and creating that same bond with people suffering from addiction can improve their recovery.
Rock to Recovery’s Beginning
Rock to Recovery was founded by Wesley Geer who was a professional musician in the band Hed P.E. for many years. When he left the band, Geer wanted to change his lifestyle and decided to enter into substance abuse treatment. Three years later he found himself joining the band Korn and touring around the world as their guitarist. When he was in treatment, he found that the guitar was what brought him a sense of peace. His fellow patients in recovery began to notice the therapeutic benefits it was creating. Geer realized that even for people who have no experience with instruments would line up for their chance to play. This is when he had discovered the rewards of music therapy. Since then, Rock to Recovery has performed hundreds of recording sessions every month working with countless organizations to help people with their journey to recovery.