Drum-assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA): Results from a Pretest and Focus Groups


American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research




Abstract: Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA) is a substance abuse treatment intervention for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). This article provides results from 1) an initial pretest of DARTNA provided to 10 AI/AN patients with histories of substance use disorders, and 2) three subsequent focus groups conducted among AI/AN DARTNA pretest participants, substance abuse treatment providers, and the DARTNA Community Advisory Board. These research activities were conducted to finalize the DARTNA treatment manual; participants also provided helpful feedback which will assist toward this goal. Results suggest that DARTNA may be beneficial for AI/ANs with substance use problems.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Music Medicine; Playing an Instrument; Racial Disparities; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Report Measures; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Wellness and Well-Being

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

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