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With a cohesive approach to treating the body, mind, and spirit, WBMT can help achieve goals associated with addiction recovery.

Group Discussion

Addiction is a disease of the body (physical), mind (cognitive & emotional), and spirit. Music therapists address each of these domains dependent upon presenting issues and client goals. Treatment facility philosophy may also provide a framework for goals. Common approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT), Motivational Interviewing, 12-Step, and Change Theory. 

- excerpt from the American Music Therapy Association

WBMT's dedicated music therapist that specializes in addiction and recovery treatment has advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, also known as GIM. GIM is a music-centered therapeutic approach in which sequenced music is intentionally selected to stimulate imagery that can help individuals integrate mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of well-being.


Common goals addressed in music therapy groups include:

  • Managing physical withdrawal symptoms including pain, nausea, agitation

  • Managing physical symptoms related to cravings

  • Understand the addictive cycle

  • Identify triggers

  • Decrease negative self-talk

  • Decrease racing thoughts

  • Increase here-and-now focus

  • Develop healthy coping skills

  • Identify feelings

  • Increase tolerance of unpleasant or uncomfortable feelings

  • Express feelings verbally and non verbally

  • Connect with a higher power

  • Develop healthy relationships with others

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