Snapshot: Music Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults With Substance Use Disorder


The Canadian Music Educator




In this music and healing series article, I have chosen to focus on the role of music therapy in work with persons diagnosed with substance use disorder. In particular, I am focusing on its potential for adolescents and young adults; as there is growing concern in Canada that the number of young adults who use alcohol and drugs is rising. This article will provide a snapshot of background information on substance use disorder, alongside the benefits of music therapy as a treatment option with this population.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Alcohol Use, Abuse and Addiction; Drug Use, Abuse and Addiction; Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Young adults; Drug abuse; Mental disorders; Drug use; Psychopathology; Listening; Anxieties; Emotions; Teenagers; Cognition & reasoning; Substance abuse treatment; Marijuana; Alcohol use; Canada

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type