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Music Therapy and Addictions


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Introduction - Coherence and Timing. David Aldridge, Nordoff Robbins Centre, Witten, Germany. 1. Music Therapy, Drugs and State-dependent Recall. Joerg Fachner. 2. Authenticity and Intimacy: The Experience of Group Music Therapy for Substance Dependent Adults Living in a Therapeutic Community. John Hedigan. 3. Drug Addicts and their Music: A Story of a Complex Relationship. Tsvia Horesh, Ramot-Yehuda Zoharim Therapeutic Community, Israel. 4. The Role of Music Therapy in Helping Drug-Dependents. Mohammad Reza Abdollahnejad. 5. How to Deal with Music? Music Therapy with Clients Suffering from Addiction Problems: Enhancing Coping Strategies. Irene T.F. Dijkstra and Laurien G. Hakvoort. 6. Music Therapy with Chemically Dependent Clients: A Relapse Prevention Model. Ted Ficken, Oregon State Hospital and Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon. 7. Music Therapy as a Part of Drug Rehabilitation - From Adhering to Treatment to Integrating the Levels of Experience. Marko Punkanen, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, University of Jyvaskyla. 8. Gambling Addiction: Evaluation of a Multimethod Treatment Programme Including Music Therapy. Jaakko Erkkila and Tuomas Eerola. 9. The Aldridge Model: An Ecological Systemic Approach. David Aldridge. The Contributors. References. Index.

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This research-based, practical book demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of addiction treatment settings to being about therapeutic change.

About the Author

David Aldridge is Co-Director of the Nordoff Robbins Centre, Witten, Germany and Visiting Professor for the Creative Arts Therapies, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, UK.
Joerg Fachner finished his doctoral thesis on cannabis and music perception in an EEG investigation at the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine in 2001. Joerg's research interests, publications and scientific memberships focus on qualitative research aspects of music, therapy and medicine, music physiology, and psychology, youth and pop culture, altered states of consciousness, transcultural psychiatry and anthropology of the body.


I consider that all this music therapy work that has been presented in this book, can help patients suffering from addiction a great deal to cope with complexity of addiction and to give the chance to live a better life. Due to the fact that there is a limited research in the field of music therapy and addiction problems, I consider that is a valuable work for the music therapy literature and for giving ideas to clinicians and researchers for further development and research in this field. -- Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education
All in all, I found the book very informative and I enjoyed the different contributions from a variety of authors and countries. I would certainly recommend it to anyone, whether working in this field or not. I also recommend the book to any commissioner for drugs and alcohol services in the UK. I think it would give such decision- and policy makers some very good indications of this type of treatment regime that can be so helpful. -- British Journal of Music Therapy
The book is well researched, presents case studies and is clear and concise in its appraisals. All in all, it is a positive view of music in addiction. -- Addiction Today

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