Music Therapy with Women with Addictions

  • Music Therapy with Women with Addictions
  • Author: Gardstrom, Susan C. & Willenbrink-Conte, Joy
  • ISBN: 9781945411601
  • E-ISBN: 9781945411618

Music Therapy with Women with Addictions is designed to provide music therapy students and clinicians with an intimate glimpse into the lives of various women with addictions, illuminating the challenges they bring to music therapy, the strengths and resilience they demonstrate, the resources they build and access during the treatment process, and the transformations they undergo. In doing so, the text is intended to counteract the fear, repugnance, and other adverse emotions that often orbit around individuals with addictions, and instead communicate respect.

Rooted in the clinical experiences and expertise of the authors, as well as a deep dive into extant music therapy and addictions literature, Music Therapy with Women with Addictions builds upon (and yet also diverges from) existing resources to honor and validate women’s needs and resources, recognizing that most addictions treatment programs are built upon heteronormative, sexist, and racist structures. The text begins with content to situate and provide a foundation for four additional sections: Her Story, Clinical Considerations and Themes, Therapist Reflections, and Methods and Materials. This book encourages readers to deepen self-reflection, generate questions, and explore related literature, with the ultimate aim of catalyzing evolution toward more meaningful and effective music therapy clinical practice with women with addictions.




Chapter One: Introduction to This Book

Unit 1: Situating the Text

Introduction to Unit 1

Chapter Two: Gender Labeling

Chapter Three: Gendered Treatment

Chapter Four: Do Women-Only Groups Offer Unique Therapeutic Affordances?

Chapter Five: Therapist Countertransferences, Transferences, and Resistances

Chapter Six: Orientations and Influences

Unit 2: Her Story

Introduction to Unit 2

Chapter Seven: Alyson: I Think I May Have Saved Myself

Chapter Eight: Brittany: Video

Chapter Nine: Dionne: Rosebush

Chapter Ten: Emily: Overdose

Chapter Eleven: Monique: The Violin

Chapter Twelve: Sheri: Just Hold On

Chapter Thirteen: Theresa and Callie: The Dance

Chapter Fourteen: Zenia: Sharing Needles

Unit 3: Clinical Considerations and Themes

Introduction to Unit 3

Chapter Fifteen: Auditory Hypersensitivities

Chapter Sixteen: Conflict and Chaos

Chapter Seventeen: Introducing Music Therapy

Chapter Eighteen: Music as a Trigger for Substance Use

Chapter Nineteen: Reaching Out

Chapter Twenty: Self-Disclosure: The Therapist’s Relationship to Addiction

Chapter Twenty-One: Silence

Chapter Twenty-Two: Space for Anger

Chapter Twenty-Three: Spirituality in Recovery

Unit 4: Therapist Reflections

Introduction to Unit 4

Chapter Twenty-Four: Applause in a Session

Chapter Twenty-Five: Clothed in Self-Respect

Chapter Twenty-Six: Credentials

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Crying

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Embracing the Whole: Wellness and Illness

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Enjoyment

Chapter Thirty: Group Norms

Chapter Thirty-One: Healthy Sexuality and Recovery

Chapter Thirty-Two: Pregnancy and Parenthood

Chapter Thirty-Three: Rainbow: Gendered Expectations of Emotional Resistance

Chapter Thirty-Four: The Voice Within

Chapter Thirty-Five: What Is It About a Drum? Music Therapy with Women with Addictions

Unit 5: Methods and Materials

Introduction to Unit 5

Chapter Thirty-Six: Chant

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Lean on Me

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Safeguarding Song Listening Methods

Chapter Thirty-Nine: Song Choice

Chapter Forty: Song Communication: Dead and Gone

Chapter Forty-One: Song Discussion: Catalyst and Container

Chapter Forty-Two: Song Transformation: I’ll Find You


Appendix A: Music as a Trigger Worksheet

Appendix B: The Original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix C: Song Transformation Structures