Top 10 Songs About Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a journey fraught with numerous physical and psychological challenges. On a personal level, it takes enormous commitment, courage, and perseverance to overcome the slavery to substances and get back to a healthy and sober life. There are also many allies along the way - in the form of friends, family, and support groups - whose interventions can be critical for a positive outcome.

March 21, 2024

Sometimes, even the smallest encouragement can work wonders for those on the path to recovery. A hearty phrase or an upbeat tone can lift downcast spirits and nourish the soul. That’s the power of rhyme and rhythm, the benevolence of poetry and music!

Music has an almost uncanny ability to reduce stress and provide a sense of belonging and relatability like nothing else. Music therapy has been shown to trigger the release of dopamine in the brain and improve mood. It is no wonder that music has been an effective component of addiction recovery, helping listeners develop coping mechanisms and overcome withdrawal symptoms.

Here are 10 of the most popular songs that reflect on the different shades and struggles of addiction recovery.

“This Is Me Trying” by Taylor Swift

“They told me all my cages were mental, so I got wasted like my potential.”

Many of Taylor Swift’s songs meticulously capture real-life scenarios and condense them into an aural symphony. “This Is Me Trying” is no different as it touches on the emotional aspect of the recovery journey. It glorifies resilience and persistence and says that no matter how hard it seems, you’re still trying.

Towards the end, the song signifies victory in the refusal to indulge in addiction with these lines:

Pouring out my heart to a stranger. But I didn’t pour the whiskey.”

“Breaking The Habit” by Linkin Park

Written by Mike Shinoda, “Breaking The Habit” is a lyrical tribute to a friend whose struggles with addiction and depression mirrored lead singer Chester Bennington’s own experiences. The song describes the thoughts and emotions of someone having suicidal thoughts. It talks of all the things that brought him to this moment - the unrequited love, the disastrous relationships, the descent into addiction, and so on.

The song ends on a positive note with these lines:

I don't know how I got this way, I’ll never be alright

So I’m breaking the habit… I’m breaking the habit tonight.”

“Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chilli Peppers won hearts when they belted this song written by their vocalist Anthony Kiedis. Initially, Anthony was shying from reaching out with his lyrics depicting his addiction-related struggle and loneliness. Through this song, he goes on to open up about how deeply narcotics affected his life and instilled an unwanted solitude.

The song turned out to be a massive success and catapulted the band into the limelight. Anthony continued sharing his experiences related to sobriety even after the song’s release.

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” by Mike Posner

American rapper and songwriter Mike Posner reflects on his encounter with drugs in his remarkable song "I Took A Pill In Ibiza", which delves into the dark realm of substance abuse.

Initially motivated by a desire to impress and be perceived as ‘cool’, he finds himself grappling with deep regret upon sobering up. The track carries a somber tone as it uncovers the aftermath of addiction, with Posner expressing feelings of loneliness and the spiral of melancholy.

“Old Ways” by Demi Lovato

Singer and songwriter Demi Lovato has penned some intriguing songs depicting her battle with addiction and eating disorder.“Old Ways” is a reflection of the people who accept their flaws and embrace them.

But if somebody tells me, I’ll go back to my old ways, I’m gonna say no way, I’m out of the doorway.”

The song radiates much-needed positivity towards the end when the lyrics depict a successful transformation:

“Who knew it’d be so bright without the blindfolds.”

“Sober” by Kelly Clarkson

This is one of the most memorable addiction recovery songs that doesn’t ever refer to it directly. Rather, it’s a metaphoric take on the journey of addiction recovery portrayed through the various stages of a relationship.

The singer highlights the three-month milestone of being sober and the associated difficulties in a poetic manner with these lyrics:

“Three months and I’m still breathing, three months and I still remember it, three months and I wake up.”

“Not an addict” by K’s Choice

This song is about the coping mechanism that comes into play during the recovery phase. You need an incredible sense of self-control to fight withdrawal symptoms and acknowledge the issues with abuse. A highly relatable and hopeful song for those in recovery, it draws a stark contrast between the present and the promise of an addiction-free future.

“Dancing With The Devil” by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato re-enters this list with “Dancing With The Devil”, a song that explores intricate details of how addiction subtly creeps into our lifestyle:

“It’s just a little wine, I’ll be fine.”

It’s a reflection of how addiction often comes unannounced and it’s already too late before you even realize it. The song depicts alcohol as a reward for Demi’s good behavior:

“I’ve been good, don’t I deserve it? I think I earned it, feels like it’s worth it.”

It’s only the chorus that reveals how Demi nearly died of a heart attack and three strokes due to an overdose.

“Because I Got High” by Afroman

“Because I Got High” shows the dark reality of addiction and highlights how crucial it is to step into recovery as early as possible. The protagonist's spiraling journey of losing his family due to addiction and the aftermath is a stark reminder of how dark things can turn as the song concludes.

“Chandelier” by Sia

Sia’s song reflects upon the reasons why people tend to drink and indulge in addiction. It says how life can catch you off-guard and leave you “holding on for dear life.”

The song encompasses how important it is to hold your grip and face the challenge of addiction head-on. The line, “Keep my glass full til morning light”, portrays how alcohol (or any other addiction) often becomes an escape mechanism when you are not ready to tackle things.

Embark On a Holistic Transformation with Studio64 Recovery

Substance abuse and addiction can take a tremendous toll, both on the person involved and their near and dear ones.

At Studio64 Recovery, we understand overcoming addiction is no song and dance. Sure, music can help along the way, but it takes a whole lot more to get someone on the path to lasting sobriety!

That is why our holistic treatment plans and evidence-based therapies are tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of each individual.

Reach out to us today if you or someone around you is seeking help. Our team of experts and dedicated support staff will be with you every step of the way toward reclaiming your life.

Take a progressive leap towards a happier and addiction-free life with Studio64 Recovery.

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