Music, Addiction and the Shaping of Personal and Cultural Identity
“Own your identity. Love who you are in the world” – Nyle DiMarco
If a person has little or no identity, music can provide one for him. Our musical choices often are connected to our identity. Music is marketed by appealing to the consumer’s sense of identity. We use music to evolve within our social groups. When someone is in recovery from drug addiction, music can be heard differently. The associations or triggers need to be changed.
At Little Creek Lodge, we want our residents to be empowered to become who they always wanted to be. We offer a safe and secure environment in Pennsylvania for our residents to take back control of their lives and identities, and to experience the euphoria of creativity while living a sober lifestyle.
Why does music have the effect that it does on us?
Music lets us experience the energy that flows throughout the world. The psychological effects it has on us can include:
- Feelings of euphoria
- Acting in fantasy
- Feeling less alone
- Out-of-body experiences
- Inducing nostalgia
- Inducing laughter or tears
- The expression of feelings, desires or frustrations that cannot be put into other words easily
Influences on our experiences:
- Environment: The mere presence of music changes the environment. It can transform a dull place into an exciting one.
- Behavior:Dancing, making a connection to another person, or having an intimate moment.
- Capability:Music improves our physical functioning and cognitive functioning. It gives us new tools for getting in touch with our feelings and communicating with others.
- Beliefs: Lyrics can be a powerful way of exploring belief systems (good or bad). Learning through music can change attitudes regarding personal capabilities.
- Spirit:The highest level of all is the level of the spirit; the energy from the soul. Music embraces a very personal connection, in terms of how we hear things and what we listen for.
Discover who you are, and who you always wanted to be
Your old identity may have been defined by your addictions, but your future need not be. At Little Creek Lodge in Pennsylvania, we help residents redefine themselves, and discover how to love, and be loved in return. Please call 877-689-2644, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our program.