Facilitator Brett Ketchem and patients at Serenity Recovery share their perspectives on the benefits they have found in the music exploration program group.
In developing the substance abuse treatment program at Serenity Recovery, the biggest thing that we took into consideration was the uniqueness of all of the patients that come to us seeking help in overcoming their addictions. While some similarities do exist, every person that we see in our rooms and hallways is different from the next, with their own background and their own unique journey that led them to our rehabilitation facility.
Each person’s journey through the recovery process will also be different, and each patient will respond differently to any given method of treatment. We designed our program to be adaptable to the needs of any individual, regardless of age, race, gender or spiritual background. With a variety of supplemental courses and several different treatment options made available for our patients to choose from, they are encouraged to explore and discover the rehabilitation strategy that will work best for their situation.
Among those additional programs at Serenity is Music Exploration, which is facilitated by Brett Ketchem. This group explores music and how it can relate to daily life, as well as helping the participating patients discover a healthy and positive way to express those reemerging emotions that have been numbed by months or years of substance abuse.
“One of the things that I notice the most is the ability to be in front of a group of people,” Brett says of the patients in his Music Exploration program. “You can see the confidence.”
Addiction often brings along with it a poor self-image, as feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse lead to isolation and the inability to engage others in meaningful conversation. This type of program helps them to break through the wall that they have built around themselves, as well as to relearn how to work as part of a team towards a common goal, in this case combining individual sounds to make music.
Gillian F. is one of the patients who participated in the Music Exploration group. She shared her testimonial with us in regards to her experience in the program. “For myself, it’s like the perfect wind down to an afternoon,” she offered.
Starting off with a drum circle, Brett helps the patients to connect with each other by finding harmony and rhythm with each other.
“He has a cowbell, and he taps in the music and we all follow suit,” Gillian continued, “and everybody has a fantastic time.”
Making those connections with one another through the power of music and artistic expression also helps the patients to begin learning how to form healthy and stable personal relationships, laying a strong foundation for the support network that is necessary for recovery from addiction.
Another patient that participated in the Music Exploration group is Josh B., who also shared some of his experience with us. Some of the patients who join in the program are finding a new outlet and a new way to express themselves. Others, like Josh, are rekindling an old passion, and once more finding the joy that they once found in music before addiction took control of their lives.
“I used to love music before I started doing drugs,” Josh admitted. “You realize how much you love music after you haven’t listened to it for a while. It makes me feel good to listen to music, sing along, be goofy. I just had a really good time.”
Music Exploration has helped Josh and countless other patients to realize that they can enjoy life and have fun without needing drugs or alcohol.
At Serenity Recovery, we strive to offer our patients the best in substance abuse treatment that we possibly can. Through our various treatment options and supplemental programs, we help our patients to discover the most effective rehabilitation strategy for each individual. They realize that addiction is not the end of their story and that recovery is the beginning of a whole new chapter in their lives. They find that the world around us is filled with much more beauty and positivity when drugs and alcohol are not clouding their minds and their vision. They discover a hope and optimism for the future that was once hidden from view and a path that leads to a healthy and happy life, free from the bonds of addiction.
Learn more about our Music Exploration program by calling our toll-free number today.