Music Therapy and Addictions

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2010 - Psychology - 176 pages

Recent studies show that music can reach the parts of the human brain that are linked to addiction, and can function as an integral part of recovery. This research-based, practical book demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change.

Addictions such as alcohol, gambling and drugs are all covered in this interdisciplinary text, and chapters explore everything from the meaning of music in the lives of addicts to devising music therapy programs, enhancing coping strategies and preventing relapse. Lifestyle issues are also considered, along with the role of therapeutic communities, and connections in the brain between addiction, music, memory and emotion. The strategies outlined are relevant to addicts and recovering addicts of all ages.

This book will be of interest to music therapists, substance abuse counsellors, and anybody else interested in the relationship between music and addiction and the therapeutic use of music.

 

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Contents

1 Music Therapy Drugs and Statedependent Recall
18
The Experience of Group Music Therapy for Substance Dependent Adults Living in a Therapeutic Community
35
A Story of a Complex Relationship
57
4 The Role of Music Therapy in Helping Drug Dependants
75
Enhancing Coping Strategies
89
A Relapse Prevention Model
102
From Adhering to Treatment to Integrating the Levels of Experience
123
Evaluation of a Multimethod Treatment Programme Including Music Therapy
133
AnEcological Systemic Approach
153
THE CONTRIBUTORS
159
REFERENCES
160
SUBJECT INDEX
173
AUTHOR INDEX
174
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David Aldridge is Co-Director of the Nordoff Robbins Centre, Witten, Germany and Visiting Professor for the Creative Arts Therapies, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, UK.
Jörg Fachner finished his doctoral thesis on cannabis and music perception in an EEG investigation at the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine in 2001. Jörg's research interests, publications and scientific memberships focus on qualitative research aspects of music, therapy and medicine, music physiology, and psychology, youth and pop culture, altered states of consciousness, transcultural psychiatry and anthropology of the body.

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