Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA): results from a pretest and focus groups

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2014;21(1):35-58. doi: 10.5820/aian.2101.2014.35.


Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA) is a substance abuse treatment intervention for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). This article provides results from 1) an initial pretest of DARTNA provided to 10 AI/AN patients with histories of substance use disorders, and 2) three subsequent focus groups conducted among AI/AN DARTNA pretest participants, substance abuse treatment providers, and the DARTNA Community Advisory Board. These research activities were conducted to finalize the DARTNA treatment manual; participants also provided helpful feedback which will assist toward this goal. Results suggest that DARTNA may be beneficial for AI/ANs with substance use problems.

MeSH terms

  • Culture*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / psychology*
  • Indians, North American / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music Therapy / methods*
  • Music Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Program Evaluation / statistics & numerical data
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome