Quantitative Comparison of Group-based Music Therapy Experiences in Adults With Substance Use Disorder on a Detoxification Unit: A Three-group Cluster-randomized Study


Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice




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. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Composition; Detox Setting; Mental Health; Music Medicine; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Report Measures; Song Lyric Discussion; Songwriting; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Symptom Management; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

group experiences; detoxification; substance use disorder; addiction; songwriting; lyric analysis; recreational; Recovery (Disorders); Disease Management; Group Psychotherapy

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Randomized Controlled Trial

Document Type