Since 2009, Music for Recovery has brought hundreds of workshops and concerts to recovery spaces such as Gosnold on Cape Cod, Spring Hill Recovery, Daytop NJ, Wayside House, The Refuge and many more. Songs created in these workshops have been streamed over 30,000 times.
The songwriting process gives clients hands-on way to engage with recovery skills including letting a process unfold, slowing down and working as a group. Harvard’s Recovery Research Institute’s 2016 study of Music for Recovery found "participation in Music for Recovery is shown to enhance engagement and retention in treatment by mobilizing common therapeutic mechanisms that ultimately enhance the likelihood of long-term recovery.”
During a typical workshop, up to 25 clients work together to write, produce, and record an original song in only two hours. One client reported on the experience by stating: "First it was intimidating. Then, it was possible. Then it was creative and fun. I felt proud at the end.”