Music Therapy & 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.


Music Therapy and Stress & Anxiety

Baker, F. A., Metcalf, O., Varker, T., & O’Donnell, M. (2018). “A systematic review of the efficacy of creative arts therapies in the treatment of adults with PTSD,” Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10(6), 643–651. (Supplemental)

Chen, X. J., Hannibal, N., Xu, K., & Gold, C. (2014). “Group music therapy for prisoners: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial,” Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 23(3), 224–241.

de la Torre-Luque, A., Díaz-Piedra, C., & Buela-Casal, G. (2017). “Effects of preferred relaxing music after acute stress exposure: A randomized controlled trial,” Psychology of Music, 45(6), 795–813.

Garcia-Gonzalez, J., Ventura-Miranda, M. I., Requena-Mullor, M., Parron-Carreño, T., & Alarcon-Rodriguez, R. (2018). “State-trait anxiety levels during pregnancy and foetal parameters following intervention with music therapy,” Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, 17–22.

Lazarov, A., Pine, D. S., & Bar-Haim, Y. (2017). “Gaze-contingent music reward therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial,” The American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(7), 649–656.

Lee, K. S., Jeong, H. C., Yim, J. E., & Jeon, M. Y. (2016). “Effects of music therapy on the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system in stress-induced university students: A randomized controlled trial,” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(1), 59–65.

Liu, Y.-H., Lee, C. S., Yu, C.-H., & Chen, C.-H. (2016). “Effects of music listening on stress, anxiety, and sleep quality for sleep-disturbed pregnant women,” Women & Health, 56(3), 296–311.

Miller, E. B. (2011). “Bio-Guided Music Therapy for Stress,” In Bio-guided music therapy: A practitioner’s guide to the clinical integration of music and biofeedback (pp. 169-187). London, England: Jessica Kingsley.

Millett, C. R., & Gooding, L. F. (2017). “Comparing active and passive distraction-based music therapy interventions on preoperative anxiety in pediatric patients and their caregivers,” Journal of Music Therapy, 54(4), 460–478.

Pavlov, A., Kameg, K., Cline, T. W., Chiapetta, L., Stark, S., & Mitchell, A. M. (2017). “Music therapy as a nonpharmacological intervention for anxiety in patients with a thought disorder,” Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(3), 285–288. Retrieved from

Segall, L. E. (2017). “The effect of a music therapy intervention on inmate levels of executive function and perceived stress: Teaching for transfer.” Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences. ProQuest Information & Learning. Retrieved from

Shiranibidabadi, M., & Mehryar, A. (2015). “Music therapy as an adjunct to standard treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder and co-morbid anxiety and depression: A randomized clinical trial,” Journal of Affective Disorders, 184, 13–17.

Trimmer, C., Tyo, R., Pikard, J., McKenna, C., & Naeem, F. (2018). “Low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy-based music group (CBT-Music) for the treatment of symptoms of anxiety and depression: A feasibility study,” Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46(2), 168–181.


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