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Music in Recovery

La Ventana’s treatment centers in Thousand Oaks offer multiple types of experiential therapy to treat clients. Since our clients vary significantly with regards to their physical status, their mental and emotional states, their long-term goals, and their social networks, our staff maintains a current, evidence-based, holistic array of therapeutic options to include in clients’ individualized treatment plans.

Music in Recovery is one of the experiential programs we offer to clients. Clients can express their creativity, individuality, and emotions through song and dance. Clients work independently and with other clients to develop teamwork and cooperative skills. The act of writing lyrics gives clients a safe and creative way to express their emotions. And musical interactions can have calming effects that stave off restlessness, boredom, and other negative emotions that can lead to relapses.

The Science

Interactions with music have evidence-backed positive benefits to clients’ physical and mental states. When people perform or listen to music that they enjoy, their brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter which triggers feelings of happiness. Practicing music develops gray matter, which increases client’s capacities for memory, learning, and auditory processing. Music in mental health and recovery has also been linked to reduced blood pressure, lowered stress levels, and increased endorphin levels. Musical activities provide clients with a way to express their emotions; this can be vital for clients who have withheld their emotions for months or years. Additional mental benefits of music in mental health and recovery include reduced depression, fortification of self-awareness, and development of problem-solving techniques and capabilities.

The Process

Music in Recovery is our signature music program created by professional musicians in our state-of-the-art custom built music studio. Regardless of prior music experience, clients in all of La Ventana’s treatment programs can participate to express their feelings through the power of music. Clients are guided through the process to develop skills including songwriting, drum circles, singing, playing instruments, and recording a final masterpiece that is published to Soundcloud.

Music in Recovery is one of the many programs offered at La Ventana Treatment Programs. We are happy to discuss our programs, conduct complimentary assessments, and give free tours of our facilities. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form, calling us at (800) 560-8518, or emailing us at

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