The Effect of Lyric Analysis on Treatment Eagerness and Working Alliance in Consumers Who Are in Detoxification: A Randomized Clinical Effectiveness Study

Michael J. Silverman


A study is presented that evaluated the effects of a single music therapy session on clients who are in detoxification using psychometric instruments measuring readiness to change and working alliance during a randomized and controlled clinical trial. Participants took part in a scripted and manualized intervention facilitated by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. The experimental group participated in group lyrical analysis intervention, focusing on relapse prevention, while the control group participated in a group verbal therapy session also focusing on relapse prevention. There was a significant difference between groups in measures of therapist perceived working alliance, with the experimental group having higher mean scores.