Scientists are beginning to discover that music has a much more powerful effect on people’s life than previously realized. One of the reasons music is now seen as having healing properties is because it involves both sides of the brain. The left brain processes the emotional aspect of music while the right brain processes the logical and numerical aspect of music. Mood can be effectively transmitted through music based on tempo, texture and message. This is why relaxing music can help people overcome addiction.
One of the core reasons people become addicted to something is because it either becomes comfortable or fills a void in someone’s life and becomes part of a routine. Many people don’t realize it, but anyone who listens to the radio is being programmed to hear a certain playlist in which the songs repeat in a series of rotations. The result is that people become conditioned to accept a certain amount of music they hear through mass programming. This same principle can be applied to music as a healing agent.
Instead of a person’s music being programmed by radio stations, who strive to keep listeners addicted to their tight repetitious playlists, a person can program their own music on their own computer using iTunes or another online music service. Instead of listening to the same commercial songs over and over, people can slow down the cycles of addictive behavior by listening to calmer music with more meditative qualities. A type of meditative music that puts people in a dream state and helps people feel better is called “binaural beats.”
Right Key Body is a British organization that promotes music as a healing agent and has seen amazing results. They have found that music elevates a person’s sense of well being, especially when they sing positive lyrics with others. According to Dr. Julie Sutton of Belfast Health Trust music acts as a vitamin that feeds the brain. The best thing about using music as a drug to overcome addiction is that music presents no harmful side effects. Music is an excellent tool that can replace any vice.