Music Therapy for Addictions

Selected Music Therapy and Addictions References  
compiled by Eric B. Miller, Ph.D MT-BC

Aldridge, D., Fachner, J. (2010). Music therapy and addictions. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Arnold, O. (2003).  “Musik- und Tanztherapie in der ambulanten Rehabilitation Drogenabhängiger: Begründung, Erstellung und Umsetzung eines wissenschaftlichen Konzepts am Beispiel einer ambulanten Suchtberatungsstelle in Baden-Württemberg-Teil I = Music and dance therapy in ambulatory rehabilitation of substance abusers Rationale, development, and implementation of a scientific concept based on the example of an ambulatory substance abuser support department in Baden-Württemberg-Part I,” Musik-, Tanz- Und Kunsttherapie, 14(1), 19–31.

Aletraris, L., Paino, M., Edmond, M. B., Roman, P. M., & Bride, B. E. (2014). “The use of art and music therapy in substance abuse treatment programs,” Journal of Addictions Nursing, 25(4), 190–196.

Baker, F. A., Dingle, G. A., & Gleadhill, L. M. (2012). “’Must be the ganja’: Using rap music in music therapy for substance use disorders,” In S. Hadley & G. Yancy (Eds.), Therapeutic uses of rap and hip-hop. (pp. 321–336). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. Retrieved from

Bernatzky, G., Presch, M., Anderson, M., Panksepp, J. (2011). “Emotional foundations of music as a non-pharmacological pain management tool in modern medicine,” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35(9), 1989–1999. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.06.005

Fachner, J. (2017). “Retraining of drug reward, music cues and state-dependent recall in music therapy.” Music and Medicine, 9(1), 8–14. Retrieved from

Hill, J. C., Hains, B., & Ricketts, K. (2017). “Drumming: An innovative alternative for drug addicted individuals,” Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 61(2), 7–24. Retrieved from

Gardstrom, S. C., Carlini, M., Josefczyk, J., & Love, A. (2013). “Women with addictions: Music therapy clinical postures and interventions,” Music Therapy Perspectives, 31(2), 95–104.

Lesiuk, T. L. (2010). “A rationale for music-based cognitive rehabilitation toward prevention of relapse in drug addiction,” Music Therapy Perspectives, 28(2), 124–130.

Liebowitz, M., Tucker, M. S., Frontz, M., & Mulholland, S. (2015). “Participatory choral music as a means of engagement in a veterans’ mental health and addiction treatment setting,” Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 7(2), 137–150.

Loewy J, Spintge R. “Introduction to the special issue: Music therapy and addictions,” Music and Medicine. 2017;9(1):4-5. Accessed January 10, 2019.

Mays, K. L., Clark, D. L., & Gordon, A. J. (2008). “Treating addiction with tunes: A systematic review of music therapy for the treatment of patients with addictions,” Substance Abuse, 29(4), 51–59.

Miller, E. B. (2011). A Multi-Modal Approach to Addictions Utilizing Music Therapy and Biofeedback. In Bio-guided music therapy: A practitioner’s guide to the clinical integration of music and biofeedback (pp. 169-187). London, England: Jessica Kingsley.

Miller, S. (2017). “Music therapy and mindfulness: Treating women with addiction in a therapeutic community,” Music and Medicine, 9(1), 50–58. Retrieved from

Murphy, K. M. (2017). “Music therapy in addictions treatment: A systematic review of the literature and recommendations for future research,” Music and Medicine, 9(1), 15–23. Retrieved from

Murphy, K. M. (2015). “Music therapy in addictions treatment,” In B. L. Wheeler (Ed.), Music therapy handbook. (pp. 354–366). New York, NY: Guilford Press. Retrieved from

Silverman, M. J. (2016). “Effects of live and educational music therapy on working alliance and trust with patients on detoxification unit: A four-group cluster-randomized trial,” Substance Use & Misuse, 51(13), 1741–1750.

Treder-Wolff, J. (1990). “Music therapy as a facilitator of creative process in addictions treatment,” The Arts in Psychotherapy, 17(4), 319–324.

Soshensky, R. (2001). “Music therapy and addiction,” Music Therapy Perspectives, 19(1), 45–52.

Stamou, V., Chatzoudi, T., Stamou, L., Romo, L., & Graziani, P. (2016). “Music-assisted systematic desensitization for the reduction of craving in response to drug-conditioned cues: A pilot study,” The Arts in Psychotherapy, 51, 36–45.

Treder-Wolff, J. (1990). “Affecting attitudes: Music therapy in addictions treatment,” Music Therapy Perspectives, 8, 67–71.

Vega, V. P. (2017). “Music therapy with addiction and co-occurring disorders,” Music and Medicine, 9(1), 45–49. Retrieved from

Winkelman, M. (2003). “Complementary Therapy for Addiction: ‘Drumming Out Drugs’,” American Journal of Public Health, 93(4), 647–651.