Among the contemporary social and medical problems, drug dependence ranks as one of the most devastating and costly. According to EMCDDA, there were 1.3 million opioid users in Europe for 2014 alone, among which 30.000 pregnant women and 6,000 users who passed away due to drug use. The main suggested therapies for the drug withdrawal period and relapse prevention are pharmacological, such as the administration of opioid agonists, non-agonists and antagonists. However,  scientific research has shown that these forms of treatment carry a high risk for continued physical dependence and have been found to be insufficient in treating substance dependence without additional treatment. For these reasons different therapeutic modalities have been introduced independently or as an adjunct therapy and have proven to be effective in facilitating detoxification and sustaining abstinence during drug rehabilitation. Music therapy is one of them, as it has gained therapists’ interest due to its capacity to have a significantly positive impact on the physical, psychological, mental and social functions of drug addicted individuals. However, despite the scientific evidence concerning the benefits of musical interventions for the treatment of drug addiction, a surprisingly large gap exists in regards to a properly organized network of information dissemination and, more importantly, of professionals’ education and training.


The aim of the proposed project is the creation of a European-level strategic partnership and know-how exchange network and the preparation, development and implementation of a large-scale training program on the use of music as an complementary therapeutic intervention during the detoxification and rehabilitation processes of individuals suffering from drug dependence. The project’s acronym is MUS.I.C.D.A.RE. (MUSic In Creative Detoxification And REhabilitation). The  target population of the project are 210 carers, therapists, psychologists, social workers, volunteers and ex-drug dependent individuals employed or intending to be actively involved or employed in drug detoxification and rehabilitation centers in Europe. Emphasis will be given on balancing transnational and national participants in the training programs, and in attracting ex-drug addicted individuals to participate as trainees.  …

The project will consist of the following activities:


1) Exchange of know-how, expertise and best practices among researchers, specialists and practitioners in the specific field of using music as an interventional therapeutic approach in the detoxification and rehabilitation processes of drug dependent individuals.
2) Design of a unified – accredited – training program for the aforementioned target group, on the use of music in the detoxification and rehabilitation process of drug dependent individuals, consisting of educating participants on the theoretical principles, research findings but mainly of providing workshop-type learning experiences (experiential learning of principles, methodology and practical applications) through study visits, on-site observations, and ‘learning-by-doing’.
3) Creation of the project’s portal.
4) Implementation of the 7-day MUS.I.C.D.A.RE. joint staff training program in the three participating countries.
5) Development and implementation of the E-course (E-MUS.I.C.D.A.RE.) with participants from across Europe for multiplying effects.
6) Evaluation of the three implementations of the 7-day MUS.I.C.D.A.RE training event and the E-MUS.I.C.D.A.RE course.
7) Creation of an E-book titled “Handbook of Best Practices: Music in Creative Detoxification and Rehabilitation”.
8) Multiplier Activities: Mid- conference, final conference, closing festival.
9) Dissemination activities throughout the life of the project.
10) Creation of the MUS.I.C.D.A.RE. Network.


The proposed partnership is expected to offer high quality learning opportunities and expand professional knowledge and skills of professionals and/or practitioners employed or interested to be employed in detoxification and rehabilitation centers for drug-addicted individuals. It will also bridge the gap between the scientific community, the active field of addiction treatment and the related labor markets via the exchange of significant know-how. This can result in the amelioration of the strategic development, organizational management and quality of learning provision both for scientific experts and the therapeutic personnel of the rehabilitation centers. Furthermore, this partnership envisions fostering equity, inclusion and high quality targeted activities in education, training and youth in order to promote the personal, social and professional growth and reinsertion of ex- drug addicted individuals. The project aspires that by the time it ends, a different picture in the additive treatment modalities for drug addiction will be created, not only at national but also at European and international level.

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