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Music therapy as a facilitator of creative process in addictions treatment. Special Issue: The creative arts therapies in the treatment of substance abuse

Journal/Book: Arts in Psychotherapy. 1990; 17: 319-324.

Abstract: Describes the use of creative process experiences in music therapy with outpatients in a substance abuse treatment program. Breaking into the addictive cycle to identify and explore underlying affect is a process of education and interpersonal communication. The process can be enhanced by music exercises that facilitate emotional expression. Group tasks, from the early work of engaging members and sustaining their participation, to the later tasks of promoting individuals' acceptance of responsibility for recovery, can be addressed through music activities.

Note: music therapy; creative process in addictions treatment

Keyword(s): Music therapy; alcohol abuse; drug abuse; creativity

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