FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Listening to and creating music are not only fun hobbies and relaxing outlets, they can also positively affect mental health, boost the immune system, alleviate stress and improve mood, according to research. That's why Newport Academy, a teen treatment center with campuses in Bethlehem and Darien, offers adolescents an innovative music program.
“Music Therapy allows residents to write songs and listen to music in an effort to explore their creativity,” said Kristin Wilson, director of clinical research at Newport Academy. “Music can help people cope with pain, which is vital for our residents as they work on their internal healing.”
Behavioral experts at Newport Academy have observed first-hand what the research shows; Music can relieve symptoms of depression, improve resilience and performance in stressful situations and even induce a meditative state.
“Whether they’re learning a specific instrument or attending class, teens learn to acknowledge and express their deep-rooted emotions through the use of music,” said Wilson. “They learn to connect with one another as they make music together.”
At Newport Academy, the focus is on resolving the underlying issues teens face. Counselors teach clients skills for building self-esteem and managing their emotions, so they don't resort or return to dangerous and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Newport Academy has several locations throughout the United States, including residential programs, recovery day schools and outpatient programs for mental health and substance abuse.
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