What Are Drumming Circles?
At Maryland Recovery, drumming therapy can be held indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. These sessions are led by an experienced instructor who has the patients gather in a circle, each with their own drum.
The instructor leads patients in a drumming session as they play along to musical styles such as blues, rock, jazz and more. Hand drums are most often used, but occasionally drumsticks are involved as well. Patients may also sing or clap along to the beat of the music being played. The pace of the music varies greatly throughout the entire session.
Drumming therapy has actually existed for thousands of years as a form of self-expression and community building. In the addiction and mental health treatment industries, however, it has only recently gained traction as a therapeutic activity.
What Are the Benefits of Therapeutic Drumming?
Drumming therapy is known as a mental wellness tool, as it has shown to boost participants’ moods, confidence, thinking patterns and many other cognitive benefits. This activity has been proven to produce physical and spiritual benefits as well.
The primary advantages of therapeutic drumming are:
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Emotional and spiritual healing
- Improved immune system
- Improved chronic pain management
And those are just the individual benefits. In fact, drumming therapy as a group activity encourages collaboration and communication. Therapeutic drumming sessions at Maryland Recovery take place in a non-judgmental, non-competitive environment where patients can build team spirit while making progress at their own pace.
Drumming Therapy at Maryland Recovery
Therapeutic drumming at Maryland Recovery is especially helpful for those with a dual diagnosis, but we use this holistic tool to help all of our patients. The practice has too many benefits to ignore. In fact, we have used drumming therapy to help people overcome addiction and co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Drumming therapy helps brighten our patients’ moods and allow them to build deeper, more positive relationships with others who are struggling with the same issues. In our patented addiction treatment program, patients are introduced to drumming therapy during the partial hospitalization phase. They then continue drumming therapy through the intensive outpatient portion of the program.
Patients are also encouraged to take these skills and continue to practice them – individually or as part of a group – after graduating from our program. If you’d like to learn more about how drumming therapy can play a key role in recovery for you or a loved one, call us today at 1-877-762-3766.