Music Therapy at Solutions Recovery

Every recovery process at Solutions Recovery is individually tailored to each clients specific needs.  We offer a wide array of programs from interactive cooking, hiking, yoga, group therapy, river rafting, zip-lining, life coach sessions and music therapy.

We work with Judith Pinkerton, the president and founder of Music 4 Life®.  Music 4 Life® is dedicated to spreading the benefits of music therapy prevention and wellness accredited programs and products. She teaches young and old clients how they can convert their music assets into a powerful, portable command center for stress reduction.

Judith Pinkerton’s passion for healing music was ignited when her solo violin music replaced medication post-surgery in a hospital. Since then, she founded and managed a nonprofit music therapy clinic and Music 4 Life® for 20 years.

As clinic director, researcher, grant writer and manager, published author, recording artist, workshop facilitator, internship director and board-certified music therapist, Judith relied on all these experiences and skills to develop the Music 4 Life® health system over two decades.

She has also performed on violin with symphonies from Switzerland to Alaska as well as dozens of stars on the Las Vegas strip, including Metallica, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, and Natalie Cole.

Today Judith heads up Music 4 Life, Inc., using tremendous advocacy that resulted in the State of Nevada signing into law music therapy state licensure which she will be the first to receive in the world.

She also co-founded the International Foundation for the Healing Arts, based in California, to fund multi-state program grants. Judith serves her professional association as President-Elect and Chair of the Nevada Government Relations Task Force for the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association. Judith recently chaired Las Vegas’ only music therapy conference, attracting music therapists from across the country, Australia, England and Spain, and has taught music therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Find out more about Judith’s Music 4 Life® wellness and prevention programs and products at JudithPinkerton.com and Music4life.us.

Music 4 Life®, located on Solutions Wellness Campus, empowers people to be self-responsible for their health with easy, accessible, inexpensive programs and products to save health care costs. Programs and products are non-invasive, non-threatening and provide holistic support for recovery and rehabilitation.

Music 4 Life® teaches user-friendly life skills that access music differently through three divisions: Music Therapy, Music Medicine and Drum Circles.

Music therapy sessions at Music 4 Life® focus on rehabilitation, addiction recovery, mental health, and wellness goals for court systems, corporations, government, counseling centers and hospitals. Licensed music therapists provide the clinical use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.

Music 4 Life® Drum Circles are provided by trained drum circle facilitators to relieve stress and support recovery. Drum Circles are fun, family friendly events where all abilities are welcome as we connect community rhythms into one powerful voice. EveryMusic 4 Life® Drum Circle centers on a different theme, such as Happy Hour Drumming, HealthRHYTHMS, Family Drum Circle, Drummunication, Rhythm Connections, drumSPEAK Rhythms, Kids Rhythm Club, Men’s Primal Beats and Mental Spa for Women. Click here for themes, current news, facilitators, staff and sponsors. Download our Monthly Music 4 Life® Program Calendar. Request a drum circle today!

“The Drum Circle is a huge jam session. The ultimate goal is not precise rhythmic articulation or perfection of patterned structure, but the ability to entrain and reach the state of a group mind. It is built on cooperation in the groove, but with little reference to any classic styles. So this is a work in constant progress, a phenomenon of the new rhythm culture emerging here in the West.” — Mickey Hart

Monthly Music 4 Life® Music Medicine programs and products teach user-friendly life skills applying prescriptive mood music to regulate moods that support recovery.

Available through online (webinars) and live in Las Vegas, this training transforms the way you listen to music with psycho education included in the IOP – Intensive Out Patient program at Solutions Recovery. People from all walks of life learn when to trust their instincts – or override them – to effectively reduce stress with three medicinal requirements.

The 5-hour training “Music as Medicine 101 & 102” provides the foundation for learning life-long skills referencing a 33-page workbook to support recovery. This training is approved for continuing education by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and other boards (including Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors). Health professionals partner with Music 4 Life® for clinical applications, including Solutions Recovery therapists.

“Outstanding! One-of-a-kind, unique observations that help me personally and through me, all my clients. I will use music in the sequence tension/centered/positive expression in order to help the client release emotions rather than just mood alter.”

-D. Fitzpatrick, alcohol & drug counselor Nevada

The 5-hour training “Music as Medicine 101 & 102” provides the foundation for learning life-long skills referencing a 33-page workbook to support recovery. This training is approved for continuing education by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and other boards (including Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors). Health professionals partner with Music 4 Life® for clinical applications, including Solutions Recovery therapists.

“Outstanding! One-of-a-kind, unique observations that help me personally and through me, all my clients. I will use music in the sequence tension/centered/positive expression in order to help the client release emotions rather than just mood alter.”

-D. Fitzpatrick, alcohol & drug counselor Nevada


Make music work like medicine to save health care costs! Effectively reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger and grief

The Music Medicine Cove synchronizes a specialized LCD dolphin/whale video with entrainment music flowing through the headphones and vibrating lounge to cause relief from emotional tension with immediate deep relaxation. Schedule your session (10-15-20 or 30 minute length of time) by email or call 702-889-2881.

“This experience was very unique – the vibrations and music seem to relieve or take away much of the extraneous worry and anxiety and allow you to process your concerns on a deeper, more logical level.”

-Nicole

“I was having bad anxiety and I feel extremely relaxed now.”

-Victoria

“Out of body experience.”

-Casey

“Uncontrollable smiling.”

-Dale

“Life is stressful with a teenage daughter who is on the wrong path. I have neck and lower back agony. The sound soothes my agony – literally takes it away- I feel light and focused and exactly who I’m meant to be without all of the earthly garbage bogging me down. I feel empowered, energized, my whole body is full of the vibration.”

-Debra

“Did not have the urge to smoke cigarettes.”

-Andy

“I had pretty intense low back pain. After the session my low back was relieved so much and I got right up from the bed and walked right out. This is a huge improvement.”

-Deborah

Become an online Music 4 Life® member (free) to access the Music 4 Life® radio show podcasts, blog, and free self-assessment.

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Music Therapy In Recovery

Music is an important source of relaxation and entertainment for most people. Even in everyday contexts, music has a therapeutic effect for many people, as it helps them deal with stress, provides enjoyment, and can serve as a distraction from daily routine. Music also has a number of applications as a formal therapeutic intervention for various different issues.

Music therapy is often referred to as a complementary and integrative form of treatment, meaning that it is not designed to be the primary mode of treatment but can be used as an additive or adjunctive therapy and result in significant improvements in individuals who suffer from a number of disorders.

Music Therapy In Recovery

What Is Music Therapy?

What Is Music Therapy?

Music can help to induce positive emotional states in individuals, assist with concentration, and alleviate stress. Music therapy, when applied by trained professionals, can enhance the effects of other interventions. The use of music can be beneficial in any context, and individuals can use music to relax and enhance their quality of life in any situation; however, music therapy is a formal intervention that can only be applied by an individual who is trained in delivering the technique.

Music therapy applies music to enhance the effects of treatment for a number of different conditions. Music might be applied in physical rehabilitation for individuals with physical issues, in cognitive rehabilitation, or in the treatment of mental health disorders, such as substance use disorders, to assist individuals in looking at their own motivations and emotional states. Music therapy can be used to help people analyze their feelings, attitudes, and motives, and then assist them in changing those things.

Formal therapy is an intervention that is delivered by a trained therapist, whereas anything can have a “therapeutic” effect on an individual by helping them cope or become more introspective. Music therapists apply specific techniques with regard to identified and outlined goals, and these techniques are applied in a formal and systemized manner.

The applications of music therapy are quite varied. Research has indicated that formal music therapy can be useful in assisting in the treatment of a number of different issues. Some of these issues can include conditions that are very difficult to treat, such as:

  • Dementia: Dementia is not a specific disease or disorder. It represents a condition that results in the loss of intellectual capacities as a result of a number of different disorders or diseases. Most often, the primary intellectual capacity affected in dementia is memory, followed by the decline of other cognitive faculties, such as speech, problem-solving, visual spatial skills, etc. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease but there are many different conditions that can produce dementia. Some forms of dementia are potentially reversible, such as the dementia that occurs in a condition known as normal pressure hydrocephalus (where there is an excess of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain) or the dementia that is associated with severe depression. Other forms of dementia are not reversible (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease).

    Music therapy has been demonstrated to be very effective in decreasing agitation in patients with dementia, helping them to retain their basic cognitive skills, and improving mood in individuals with dementia who experience significant depression. While music therapy can produce positive benefits, it cannot reverse the effects of the underlying disorder.

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): Individuals diagnosed with ASDs often present with challenging behaviors that are difficult to treat. ASD is a neurological disorder that is associated with a number of deficits; however, the deficits are primarily associated with verbal expression, issues with social behavior, and other cognitive issues. Some individuals with ASD can be very difficult to manage, but many of these individuals become responsive to music therapy, and the therapy can help them to improve social skills, learn new behaviors, and develop their ability to communicate with others.
  • Anxiety and depression: The use of music therapy has been applied to individuals suffering from anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder to assist them in becoming more responsive to other forms of treatment. Music therapy has been shown to induce more positive mood states. It can help these individuals to relax, become more positive concerning the future, and function better.

Using Music Therapy in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

As an adjunctive treatment, music therapy is typically used in the treatment of substance use disorders as a means to enhance a formal treatment program. Music therapy for substance use disorders typically attempts to:

Music therapy can be applied over a broad range of individuals with different backgrounds and interests. A person does not need to know how to play an instrument, read music, have a significant background in the history of music, or understand the different classifications of music to benefit from music therapy.

Some specific goals music therapists might use in the treatment of substance use disorders can include:

  • Using music to help the person deal with cravings
  • Using music to help the individual deal with regret associated with their past use of alcohol or drugs
  • Using music to deal with other negative emotions, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, etc.
  • Using music to help the individual explore their motivations, attitudes, or other feelings
  • Using music to help the individual develop strategies to deal with future situations that might lead to relapse, such as boredom, disappointment, loneliness, etc.

The benefits of including music therapy in a substance use disorder treatment program also include:

  • Helping to center the person in the early stages of recovery when they are feeling overwhelmed and insecure
  • Assisting in the development of a plan to address triggers for relapse
  • Giving individuals a positive activity to engage in as a substitute for using drugs or alcohol
  • Offering a distraction or means of escape from the stresses and rigors of the day
  • Helping individuals to associate and relate with other individuals in recovery through music
  • Assisting in all formal aspects of treatment, such as relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, attitude adjustment, etc.

Despite the benefits of music therapy for individuals with substance use disorder, it cannot be stressed enough that music therapy alone should not be the primary approach to treatment for substance use disorders. While music therapy can offer a number of positive benefits, individuals in recovery should engage in formal substance use disorder therapy, medical management of their substance use disorder and any other co-occurring conditions, and participation in support groups, such as 12-Step groups or other groups, to develop peer support and enhance treatment.

Formal substance use disorder therapy and other interventions are designed to educate the individual about addiction and substance abuse, help them understand the reasons driving their behaviors, and offer them structured approaches to change that are targeted at their specific issues. Music therapy can be a very important part of recovery, and it can enhance the effects of other empirically validated treatment approaches for individuals with substance use disorders.