10 Essential Songs You Need for Your RecoveryJuly 15, 2016 - Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Recovery - 0 Comments
Positive self-talk is one helpful method that uses the power of your own mind to assist your recovery. Music is a great way to encourage a positive and motivational mental outlook and trigger healthy self-talk. Let’s take a look at some songs to add to your recovery play-list:
1 – “Stronger” by Britney Spears
Many addiction counselors describe substance use as “a relationship with drugs or alcohol.” Use this song to tell yourself that you don’t need this toxic relationship anymore! You are stronger than you thought you were and you are moving forward.
2 – “Amazing” by Aerosmith
Steven Tyler wrote this song to discuss the depths of despair that he felt in the grip of addiction and the moment when light shined through. It can help to feel like someone else understands where you are and hear their story of recovery. Let this song inspire yours.
3 – “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Addiction is literally a physical dependence. But, the mind also believes the addict won’t be able to live without the drug. This song will remind you that you have survived the worst of it and life will only keep getting better.
4 – “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera reminds us that trials in life make us not only stronger but also wiser people. Recognize the fight is inside of you, and vow never to stop fighting.
5 – “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Believing you can do it is key to recovery. It can be hard to believe, and there are times when the road gets tough. Keep this Journey song on hand when you need to be reminded never to stop believing in yourself.
6 – “Starting Over” by Macklemore
Relapse is an unfortunate reality for many recovering addicts. Bouncing back after relapse has the added burden of disappointment in oneself. Macklemore has been there so he understands. If you can get sober, you can start over.
7 – “No No Song” by Ringo Starr
This is an older song that younger people may not know, but it’s perfect for your recovery play-list. It can be difficult to be offered substances when you’re newly sober. This playful song will remind you how to say no and make you laugh while doing it.
8 – “One Day at a Time” by Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh, formerly of the band Eagles, wrote this song about his struggle with alcohol. It chronicles the highs and extreme lows of addiction and the day by day approach required for recovery.
9 – “Sober” by Pink
Here Pink verbalizes some common realizations that people go through when the realities of how they have been living their life with substances hits them. If you ever had a moment of clarity when you knew sobriety is calling to you, then you will relate to this song.
10 – “Beautiful Day” by U2
This song is especially apt for the addiction recovery experience. There will be many pitfalls that will make you feel low. But, it’s important to see the positive surrounding you. Every day is a new day, and life is filled with beauty. Let this song remind you of that whenever your recovery road needs some encouragement.