All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
Music is undeniably connected to human emotions. Christine Drabek, a member of the Ginger’s House clinical team, utilizes the program’s diverse curriculum to keep clients motivated and enhance self-expression. The Music Therapy group is one of the most popular weekly activities both at our residence and clinical office. It requires each participant (including staff, if present) to pick a song to represent their current thoughts and/or emotions. Prior to playing the song, women are asked to briefly describe why they chose the song, as well as what they hope the group members will take from the song. Sometimes a lengthy discussion follows a song, sometime the group just listens, and on a rare occasion there is a spontaneous dance party!
Founder and Director Cecily Rich states “music can be a key component of self-expression, connection and fun in recovery and is included in Ginger's House curriculum in a variety of ways.” When asked about the therapeutic benefits of the activity, Christine reported that “it provides a deeper connection in the Ginger’s House and recovering community in Portland, which is paramount in addiction recovery. Each song is an opportunity to practice mindfulness, while listening for the message the artist is conveying.” Clients report finding the activity both cathartic and fun. Here is one client’s thoughts on the activity: 'It allows us to get to know our peers and staff through a different lens than talking. We learn about each other through our musical choices...and the different songs people pick give us insight into how they are feeling. ' "
Here is one of the most recent playlists:
Such Great Heights-Postal Service
Tuesday Afternoon-The Moody Blues
Got Nuffin -Spoon
Below My Feet -Mumford & Sons
Don't Know Why-Norah Jones
Keep Yourself Warm-Frightened Rabbit
Up Up & Away-Kid Cudi
The Funeral-Band of Horses
Drug Dealer-Macklemore (feat. Ariana DeBoo) ***this may seem like an inappropriate song, but it is actually about the prescription drug addiction in our country. Also, Macklemore has been open about his own struggles with addiction.
The use of music at Ginger's House is not a coincidence. Cecily Hamilton Rich has a heritage steeped in music. Her paternal grandmother was an opera singer and many family members play instruments including her brother, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, seen here together with Cecily at a recent family event.
About Ginger's House
Ginger’s House is a residential and extended care program for women ages 18-30, who are seeking support in maintaining sobriety while reentering the world. The focus of the comprehensive treatment program is on recovery from addiction to substances, eating disorders, sex and love addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression and other co-occurring disorders. Clients receive individual and group therapy services, medication management, life skills training, relapse prevention planning, art therapy and equine assisted therapy.