Music therapy: A novel motivational approach for dually diagnosed patients

Stephen Ross, Indra Cidambi, Helen Dermatis, Jason Weinstein, Douglas Ziedonis, Serena Roth, Marc Galanter

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Co-occurring mental illness and addiction is very common and results in worse treatment outcomes compared to singly diagnosed addicted individuals. Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders is associated with better treatment outcomes; however there is a wide range of what is included in integrated treatment. Due to patient and staff interests, integrated treatment often includes complementary and alternative therapies, including music and art therapy. There is a need to study how these approaches effect treatment engagement, retention, and outcome. This study was a prospective naturalistic non-randomized pilot study without a control group that sought to evaluate how participation in a music therapy program affected treatment outcomes for individuals with co-occurring mental illness and addiction. In summary, music therapy appears to be a novel motivational tool in a severely impaired inpatient sample of patients with co-occurring disorders. Future studies of music therapy in integrated co-occurring disorder setting should include a control group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 27 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction
  • Integrated treatment
  • Mental illness
  • Music therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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