A Rationale for Music-based Cognitive Rehabilitation Toward Prevention of Relapse in Drug Addiction


Music Therapy Perspectives




Mild to severe neurocognitive impairment in individuals with drug addiction has been reported in several research studies. Music therapy interventions to date have addressed affective-motivational goals for relapse prevention of addition. Although emotional, relational, and motivational music therapy interventions are pertinent to drug addiction recovery, music therapy may further extend its therapeutic impact with music-based cognitive rehabilitation (MBCR) for relapse prevention. Ways that MBCR may successfully address executive function deficits in individuals with drug addiction, thus reducing the likelihood of relapse, are described.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Cognitive Abilities; Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recorded Music Listening; Relapse Prevention; Self-Report Measures; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Rehabilitation; Drug Addiction

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type