GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity.
Our global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.
This year, Gosnold is joining the global movement to “Give the Gift of Music” to our patients.
Music is a very important aspect of the daily lives of most people. People use music as a form of entertainment, relaxation, distraction, and as an accompaniment to enhance their lives. In addition, many people use music as a means of motivating themselves to reach goals or perform daily activities.
Music is often linked to the production of emotional states in people, and depending on the music and the person, the effects can increase an individual’s energy, make them happy, and even make them sad. Things happen when we like the sounds we are hearing: our eyes dilate, our pulse changes, our body releases dopamine. Music is closely connected to our emotions, the regulation of affect, social interactions, and psychological processes. Music in this context can be therapeutic, meaning that it can serve a healing or integrative function for a person.
Music therapy can be applied to the treatment of substance use disorders to ease stress, help people relax, increase focus on recovery, and help individuals who are having difficulty adjusting to the demands of recovery from substance use disorders.
For example, they might use music to:
- Deal with cravings, to reduce the effects of stressful situations, and to deal with issues of remorse or regret regarding decisions the person has made in the past when they were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Cope with negative emotions, such as guilt, anxiety, depression, or anger
- Develop coping strategies to deal with future situations that may arise
- Explore inner feelings regarding motivation or self-esteem
- Enhance current mood or to relieve boredom
Gosnold is relying on the generosity of our donors this #givingtuesday to help us provide personal MP3 players for our patients at Gosnold Treatment Center. We have met with our patients and have listened to how we can enhance their stay with us, and providing this therapeutic outlet will be essential in helping them treat their substance use disorder.
Give the gift of music, give the gift of recovery.