We need two things to help us during recovery: determination and inspiration. In no particular order, I have listed a few songs that I find inspiring when it comes to my own recovery. Whatever your demons may be – alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, sex – give this list a listen and see how it makes you feel. Hopefully, inspired.
1 – When I drink, Avett Brothers
This song is pretty straight forward, no secret what it is about. But the lyric that got me was: “Maybe I don’t have to be good but I can try to be at least a little better than I’ve been so far.”
2 – That smell, Lynyrd Skynard
These guys knew what they were talking about in “That smell”. Sex, drugs and rock and roll surrounded these guys. “Say you’ll be alright come tomorrow, but tomorrow might not be here for you.”
3 – Under the bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been a favorite band of mine. Their sound is just amazing and this song really spoke to my addiction – “Under the bridge downtown, I could not get enough.”
4 – Jumper, Third Eye Blind
This may be on a lot of recovery lists, but it is worth another listen. Sometimes you reach that breaking point and you need that friend to tell you to hold on a little longer. “You could cut ties with all the lies that you’ve been living in.”
5 – Somewhere I belong, Linkin Park
You are not alone in this journey, friend. “And I let it all out to find, that Iâ€™m not the only person with these things in mind.”
6 – Sober, Pink
My only girl on this list, but hey – the ladies can struggle too. “I don’t wanna be the girl who has to fill the silence. The quiet scares me ’cause it screams the truth.”
7 – Hate me, Blue October
This one will make you think of your mom. Hopefully you have got one like these guys who fights for you. “While I was busy waging wars on myself, you were trying to stop the fight.”
8 – Fine again, Seether
This one is for that bad day when you are trying so hard to stay positive. “And I am aware now of how everythingâ€™s gonna be fine, one day. Too late, Iâ€™m in hell. I am prepared now,
seems everyoneâ€™s gonna be fine, one day too late, just as well.”
9 – Drive, Incubus
I have been an Incubus fan for a long time. This song got me thru a lot of long drives, thinking about my problems. “And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear
take the wheel and steer.”
10 – Amazing, Aerosmith
The lyrics here really speak for themselves. “There were times in my life, when I was goin’ insane, tryin’ to walk through – the pain”
Keep on fighting, friends.
About the Author: Marie.
Marie started her journey in recovery in 2008 after graduating from college. She now writes part time and works full time as a pharmacy technician.