Music Therapy and Mindfulness: Treating Women With Addiction in a Therapeutic Community


Music and Medicine




This paper describes a 12-week music therapy group for women residing in a therapeutic community. The group combined music experiences with elements of mindfulness as a means of helping participants learn how to stay focused in the moment as well as gain a deeper understanding of the principles and how to use the traditional AA slogans in the maintenance of their sobriety. Goals and objectives with corresponding music experiences and mindfulness exercises are described. Recommendations for future research are included. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Calmness; Gender Disparities; Mood; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction

Indexed Terms

mindfulness; substance use; recovery; Addiction; Group Psychotherapy; Human Females; Therapeutic Community

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type