Complementary Therapy for Addiction: "Drumming Out Drugs"
American Journal of Public Health
OBJECTIVES: This article examines drumming activities as complementary addiction treatments and discusses their reported effects. METHODS: I observed drumming circles for substance abuse (as a participant), interviewed counselors and Internet mailing list participants, initiated a pilot program, and reviewed literature on the effects of drumming. RESULTS: Research reviews indicate that drumming enhances recovery through inducing relaxation and enhancing theta-wave production and brain-wave synchronization. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self. Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Drumming provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power and applying spiritual perspectives. CONCLUSIONS: Drumming circles have applications as complementary addiction therapy, particularly for repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities have failed.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Emotional Functioning; Interviews; Mental Health; Mental Relaxation; Mood Scales; Music Medicine; Playing an Instrument; Recreative Music Methods; Relapse Prevention; Relaxation Levels; Relaxation; Self-Concept; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Wellness and Well-Being
Acoustic Stimulation; Missouri; Pennsylvania; Program Development; Relaxation Therapy; Shamanism; Social Facilitation; Substance-Related Disorders; Virginia; Wisconsin
Case Study; Qualitative Methods
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Winkelman, M. (2003). Complementary Therapy for Addiction: "Drumming Out Drugs". American Journal of Public Health, 93 (4), 647-651. Retrieved from https://remix.berklee.edu/mhi-music-substance-use/10