Jul 26 2023
15: Good Vibrations: The Transformative Power of Music Therapy
In this moving episode of The Addiction Help Podcast, we share an inspiring story about two Minnesota dads who harnessed the power of music to help children struggling with mental health issues. Amidst the challenges brought on by the pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd's tragic death, Tom Fulberg, a talented musician, found solace in music. What started as solo sessions to cope with stress evolved into a meaningful collaboration with fellow musician Brian Kroening. Together, they embarked on a project called "Seeking Permission: Songs in the Key of Hope," with the aim of raising funds to support underserved kids' mental health struggles. Join us as we explore the role of music in addiction and mental health and discover its therapeutic benefits.
The Journey of "Seeking Permission: Songs in the Key of Hope":
Back in 2020, Tom Fulberg turned to his guitar and songs to find solace amidst the challenges of the pandemic. As Minneapolis also grappled with the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the healing power of music became evident to Tom. What started as personal therapy has now become a collaborative project with Brian Kroening, an advertising colleague and fellow musician. Together, they have recorded three original songs and have plans for future recordings and live performances. Their goal is to raise funds to support mental health services for underserved children, using the power of music as a force for good.
The Role of Music in Addiction and Mental Health:
Music therapy is a form of experiential therapy that can involve playing or listening to music, discussing lyrics, or even moving to music. It has been proven to reduce stress, improve mood, and offer a unique form of self-expression. For both mental health and addiction, music therapy can help individuals work through their problems, better understand their emotions, and develop coping skills. It was first used by the US War Department in 1945 and has since been embraced as a valuable tool in the realm of mental health and addiction treatment.
The Impact of Music-Centric Rehab Facilities:
Recovery Unplugged is a prime example of the impact of music in addiction recovery. It uses the power of music to increase motivation and self-esteem, reduce tension and anxiety, and strengthen coping skills. Music supports recovery from substance abuse and is crucial to mental health treatment. It aids in communication and expression, helps individuals explore their thoughts and feelings, and improves mood, concentration, and overall well-being.
A Journey to Sobriety and Gratitude:
The episode also touches upon an individual's journey to sobriety, highlighting how three simple words, "I need help," became a turning point in saving a life. Embracing the path of recovery with unwavering commitment, the gratitude for a sober life shines through. The joy of a loving husband, their children, and the ability to perform music for years is a testament to the transformative power of music in one's life."Minnesota Dads: Songs in the Key of Hope" is a powerful reminder of the healing power of music and its profound impact on mental health and addiction. Through their collaboration, Tom Fulberg and Brian Kroening use their musical talents to bring hope and support to underserved kids facing mental health struggles. Join us as we celebrate the therapeutic benefits of music and explore its role in transforming lives for the better.
#addictionrecovery #musictherapy #mentalhealth #sobrietystories #sober #addictiontreatment
Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/addiction-help/message