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October 2021

Adolescents discuss themselves and drugs through music

Journal/Book: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1986; 3: 243-249.

Abstract: Discusses a technique that uses rock music lyrics to enable adolescents to gain an understanding of dependency on mood-altering substances. Drug-related songs were chosen and recorded, and the lyrics were transcribed. A chart illustrating the progression of addiction was used to demonstrate how themes in drug-related songs parallel the stages of addiction. Adolescents heard, read, and discussed the lyrics in relationship to the stages, and in the process, increased their understanding of drug issues such as the search for relief, increased dependence, loss of control, and physical deterioration.

Note: drug related rock music lyrics as vehicle for understanding drug dependency; adolescents

Keyword(s): Drug rehabilitation; drug dependency; music ; psychotherapeutic techniques

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