Quantitative comparison of group-based music therapy experiences in adults with substance use disorder on a detoxification unit: a three-group cluster-randomized study

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Abstract

Background: Service users’ values and preferences are components of evidence-based practice and recovery. Methods: Adults (N = 113) with substance use disorder (SUD) on a detoxification unit were cluster-randomized to one of three group-based single-session conditions: Recreational music therapy (RMT), educational lyric analysis for illness management and recovery (ELA-IMR) or educational songwriting for illness management and recovery (ESW-IMR). Participants completed the Ferrara Group Experiences Scale after their session. Results: There were significant differences in the sharing of emotions and experiences subscale between the RMT and both the ELA-IMR and ESW-IMR conditions, with the educational conditions having higher scores. There was a significant difference in the total group experience between the RMT and ELA-IMR conditions, with the ELA-IMR condition having a higher score. Conclusions: Merging the results of previous literature with the current study, educational music therapy interventions can positively impact recovery-based objectives and the group-based experience in adults with SUD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArts and Health
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Music therapy
  • addiction
  • detoxification
  • group experiences
  • lyric analysis
  • recreational
  • songwriting
  • substance use disorder

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  • Journal Article

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