A-Z List


Substance Abuse

Problem Areas for Clients

  • Isolation
  • Withdrawal
  • Passivity
  • Inability to express emotions
  • Denial
  • Self-destructiveness
  • Low Confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Fear of failure
  • Frustration avoidance
  • Inability to break the cycle
  • Leading a normal life
  • Relapse
  • Free time not structured
Music therapy goals for targeting these problem areas
  • Learn to socialize without alcohol
  • Learn to feel accepted
  • Develop awareness of emotions
  • Develop healthy outlet for emotional expression
  • Develop coping procedures for dealing with emotions
  • Learn to confront emotions
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Develop sense of accomplishment
  • Develop relaxation to reduce stress and relieve tension
  • Learn to talk about addiction
  • Overcome frustration
  • Develop use of music as a substitute high
  • Develop use of music for spiritual support
  • Develop use of music for exercise
  • Move away from the abuse
  • Learn to use music to redirect away from vicious cycle behaviors
  • Develop impulse control
  • Discover hope for the future
  • Get away from negative thinking
  • Function independently
  • Establish constructive use of leisure time

Music Therapy methods used for treatment
  • Music listening
  • Lyric analysis
  • Learn to play instrument
  • Choose songs to reflect mood/theme/person
  • Sing-along
  • Relapse prevention tape
  • Pairing humor with music
  • Song-writing
  • Dance and movement to music
  • Signing to music
  • Trust walk
  • Improvisation
  • Music and relaxation