Music can have a powerful effect on emotions and mood. It can be a vehicle for self expression and can help create peaceful and calm feelings. As such, it can be a valuable tool for people working to overcome an addiction.

As a creative arts therapy, music can help people process emotions and supports personal growth important to overcoming addictions. But even just listening to music on your own or creating music can have some important benefits. It can help:

  • Release or calm the emotional highs and lows people often feel when they first become sober
  • Manage stress levels - listening to or creating music can be a wonderful way to de-stress
  • Relieve a sense of boredom that is often felt in early recovery
  • Increase enjoyment and reduce feelings of loneliness which can lessen the stress of recovery

To learn more about music and addiction recovery visit:

The Good Drugs Guide ( “How Music Inspires Us During Addiction Recovery” describes music and the brain, music and the body, music and emotional cues, and music and addiction recovery.

Also See our section on creative arts therapy to learn more about music therapy.

Updated August 23, 2019