What does it mean to be S.O.B.E.R.? – E: Escape Stressors

Last week, I shared about the “B” in SOBER. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE. This week, we cover the “E” which stands for “Escape Stressors.” E = Escape Stressors Clinical Outcome: “Clients will engage in two types of music-based relaxation techniques to increase healthy coping skills.”  That may be what […]

What does it mean to be S.O.B.E.R.? – B: Be Creative

This is the third video in a series where I share my S.O.B.E.R. method from my book, Sonic Recovery: Harness the Power of Music to Stay Sober. This week we focus on the “B” in SOBER, which stands for – Be Creative. B = Be Creative Clinical Outcome: “Clients will engage in creative arts and/or […]

What does it mean to be S.O.B.E.R.? – O: Open Up

Last week I shared about the “S” of the SOBER method. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. This week, we move on to the “O” which stands for “Open Up”. O = Open Up Clinical Outcome: “Clients will engage in active music-making to increase emotional and non-verbal expression.” Here’s how I write […]

Music In Recovery: Hitting the Creativity Gym

The Problem They sat the kids down in front of a math problem with a timer. “Hit the timer when you either quit, or solve the problem,” were the instructions, but none of the researchers told the kids that they were staring at an unsolvable problem (such is often the way with psychological research studies). […]

Music in Recovery: The Perils of Music Listening

Few of us call ourselves musicians, but in western culture, we are all expert music listeners. Music listening can be a good tool, but it can also be a dangerous tool in recovery. I’m a board-certified music therapist who works in addiction treatment centers, but I’m also in long term recovery. In this blog post, […]

Conducting Your Present

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar “Hygiene: noun. conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.” I think about hygiene as a rhythm for health, since a rhythm is just a repeated pattern of behavior. So, if […]