Music is a Great Outlet for Students at Academy in Austin

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Staff at Phoenix House Texas specialize in substance abuse treatment for teens and witness firsthand how drugs affect every aspect of their lives, including their ability to express themselves. Our Academy in Austin has created the perfect environment for young men to recover from addiction, while also encouraging self-esteem by introducing them to new outlets for self-expression. One of the student’s favorite activities and one that often results in the most growth is participation in the music studio program.

Many students immediately get involved with the music program upon admission. They visit the music studio on Wednesdays and Sundays, but many also use their downtime throughout the week to prepare for time in the studio. Students commit to learning about the whole process, including production, mixing, and writing. The director of our music program, Matt Smith, helps students learn about many different types of music and teaches that hard work and dedication are necessary to create quality music.

Our staff views the students’ involvement in the music program as an opportunity to not only begin, but also continue and encourage recovery once treatment is completed. Their finished products can serve as a reminder of what they are capable of and the goals that they have for their future. Clients “Sean” and “Robert” explain how this program has helped them in their journey.

“From my view, when I go to the studio I use the microphone to release any stress or problems that I’m having back at home. I use the studio to cope with everything that’s happening. I love the studio.” -“Sean”

“The studio is a place to go to relax and do something that I probably would’ve never thought of doing before. It’s something new and I am glad that I am getting the chance to go. Thank you.” -“Robert”

Our academies provide a safe environment for students to get the help that they need to succeed. Our programming recognizes that drug and alcohol use is not the only problem. We focus on family education and individual family counseling and psychiatric evaluations throughout treatment. These aspects, along with the focus on new therapeutic experiences such as our music program, give our students the opportunity to return home able to sustain lasting recovery.

Every day, Phoenix House Texas helps adolescents and adults who are suffering from addiction in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 888 671 9392.

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