Journal article

The influence of music on emotions and cravings in clients in addiction treatment: a mixed methods study of two samples.

F BAKER, G Dingle, Pj Kelly, Lm Flynn

Arts in Psychotherapy | Elsevier | Published : 2015


Music is commonly associated with substance use yet little is known about the music experiences of adults with substance use disorders. In particular, there has been no detailed analysis of musical influences on emotions and cravings among clients in treatment and how these influences might occur. To explore these questions, surveys of music experiences were collected from 143 clients undergoing treatment (37 private hospital clients and 106 residential rehabilitation clients). Of the hospital sample, 70% listened to music for over an hour each day, typically while alone, and their preferred genres were pop and rock. Clients stated that music listening intensified the emotional experience of..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the clients who participated in these surveys. We gratefully acknowledge Belmont Private Hospital and We Help Ourselves for supporting the study. In particular, we would like to thank Garth Popple and Joanne Lunn.