If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction or going through the recovery process, you know how hard it can be when your mind tries to take over and bring you to the dark side. On the days when you are feeling the lowest, try turning to music for some inspiration. You may be wondering how music can help you when you are down in the dumps and feeling hopeless.
Listening to uplifting music during tumultuous times in your life can help you get through whatever troubles you are facing. Many recovery centers use music to help those struggling with addiction express their feelings and deal with their emotions more positively.
If you would like to know more about how music can help the addiction recovery process, keep reading. This article will provide examples of songs that may help you through your dark times and bring you some light. Music can help you enjoy life and even become an inspiration to others who may also be dealing with a similar situation.
There is Always Hope
You are not alone. There are many people who are going through the recovery process that are willing to help you. You don’t have to deal with hopeless feelings on your own.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please visit the following links for help:
- Canada – Addiction Treatment Help
- UK – Addiction Dependency Help
- USA – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Help
Songs to Inspire Positivity and Wellness
The following songs are listed by genre. They are intended to lift your spirits and inspire introspection. In addition to providing a link to the song, we have provided a sample of the lyrics to give you a feel for how the song can provide inspiration.
Breaking The Habit (Linkin Park)
This song is inspirational in that it forces you to look at yourself and how your actions affect others. It gives the inspiration to modify your habits and move forward toward a new positive life.
“I don’t know what’s worth fighting for or why I have to scream. I don’t know why I instigate and say what I don’t mean. I don’t know how I got this way; I know it’s not alright. So I’m breaking the habit, I’m breaking the habit tonight.”
It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)
This song represents the hard journey one must take toward recovery and how it can seem cloudy and dark. But don’t give up because the end prize [a sober life] is worth all of the dark days that you had to go through to get to the beautiful side of life.
“The path to Heaven runs through miles of clouded Hell. Right to the top. Don’t look back.”
Walk (Foo Fighters)
This song symbolizes that sometimes you have to try and fail multiple times before you get it right. It is okay to fall as long as you get back up and keep trying.
Cry Out To Jesus (Third Day)
This song reminds you that you are loved no matter who you are or what you have done in your life. You are not alone, and there is always hope if you are willing to keep trying.
“There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary, love for the broken heart. There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing, He’ll meet you wherever you are. Cry out to Jesus, cry out to Jesus.”
The Motions (Matthew West)
This song is an awesome motivator. It talks about being present and not just going through the motions of life; don’t just “get by” in life. Take control and live your life with the love and grace of God to guide you along the way.
“I don’t wanna go through the motions. I don’t wanna go one more day. Without Your all-consuming passion inside of me. I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking, what if I had given everything instead of going through the motions? No regrets. Not this time. I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind. Let Your love make me whole. I think I’m finally feeling something.”
You Can Change (Julie Yardley)
This is a great song that shows that anyone can change their path if they truly want to live a different lifestyle.
“There are days you stumble, and you fall. And sometimes, through it all, you think you’ll never stand again. There are times when choices weigh you down and bend you to the ground. That’s a place that we’ve all been. You can change. You can turn your heart around.”
Better Than I Used To Be (Tim McGraw)
The basic idea of this song is that we are all a work in progress, and while you may not be the best version of yourself yet, you are better than you were before, and you will continue to improve and succeed in life the more you try.
“I ain’t no angel. I still got a few more dances with the devil. I’m cleaning up my act little by little. I’m getting there. I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see. I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get, but I’m better than I used to be.”
Choices (George Jones)
This may not be the most uplifting song, but it does remind us that we all have a choice in life, and it is up to us to choose the right path because, in the end, we all have to live with the consequences whether they are good or bad. This song also reminds us not to live with regrets because even though we make mistakes, those mistakes make us who we are today.
It’s A Great Day To Be Alive (Travis Tritt)
It is impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to this song. It is positive and uplifting and radiates sunshine. When you feel like you have nothing or nowhere to go, listen to the words in this song. Count your blessings and live in the moment.
“And it’s a great day to be alive. I know the sun’s still shinin’ when I close my eyes. There’s some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can’t every day be just this good? Sometimes it’s lonely. Sometimes it’s only me and the shadows that fill this room. Sometimes I’m fallin’, desperately callin’, howlin’ at the moon, ah-ooh!”
Millionaire (Chris Stapleton)
This song is a great reminder that money and possessions do not mean that you are rich. You are rich when you have love and respect from those around you.
Light Rock/Easy Listening
Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
This is a great song to remind yourself to keep going and don’t stop believing in yourself or your dreams. You can do it!
Recover (Natasha Bedingfield)
Recover is another great song reminding you that sometimes you have to walk through the darkness before you can get to the light. It shows that if you persevere, you will survive and recover so you can go on to live a happy, healthy life.
“We will recover. The worst is over now. All those fires we’ve been walking through, and still, we survive somehow. We will recover. The worst is behind, and it hurts. But in time, I know that we will recover.”
Recovery (James Arthur)
This great song is about building oneself back up from the bottom and getting away from negative influences and people who bring you down. Its message suggests that you don’t need to listen to the haters, stay positive and focus on yourself and what you need to do to live your best life.
You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
You Raise Me Up is a great song that reminds you to rely on God and His love for you. He will always be there to lift you up when you are feeling down. Keeping your faith in the love of God will get you through the darkest of times.
Hold Your Head Up (Macklemore)
This song tells you that it is all about the paths in life that you take and how you choose to react to them. Having faith will keep you strong. And if you want something in life, you have to go out and work hard, or you will be sitting on the sidelines wondering what happened.
Not Afraid (Eminem)
This song is a great motivator. It pumps you up and gets you inspired to face your troubles and deal with them in the moment so you can heal and move on to bigger and better things.
“And I just can’t keep living this way. So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage. I’m standing up. I’mma face my demons. I’m manning up. I’mma hold my ground. I’ve had enough. Now I’m so fed up. Time to put my life back together right now!”
Starting Over (Macklemore)
Starting Over is another great song showing that even though you may fall, you can always start over and keep trying. Be strong and know that you are loved.
“If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over. If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over. We fall so hard. Now we gotta get back what we lost. I thought you’d go, but you were with me all along.”
Musical Show Tunes
My Shot – Hamilton (The Roots, ft. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, Nate Ross)
For those of you who like a good musical, this will boost your mood and motivate you to keep going when the going gets tough.
No Day But Today – Rent (Idina Menzel)
No Day But Today is a great song to remind you that you can rise above fear and live a happy life.
Seize The Day (Newsies)
Seize the Day is a great reminder to seize the day and live in the moment.
“Now is the time to seize the day, Stare down the odds and seize the day, Minute by minute that’s how you win it.”
Dare You To Move (Switchfoot)
It doesn’t matter where you live or where you try to run; you cannot escape yourself. So you may as well face the problems and begin the fight. This song reminds you that you are your strongest advocate, and you can overcome anything with love and support.
“Maybe redemption has stories to tell; maybe forgiveness is right where you fell. Where can you run to escape from yourself? Where you gonna go? Salvation is here.”
Keep Your Head Up (Andy Grammer)
This song is super motivational and will get your foot tapping. It shows that even though we may have hard times in life, beautiful things can come from those dark days once you realize your potential.
“Only rainbows after rain; the sun will always come again. And it’s a circle – circling, around again, It comes around again.”
Life is Beautiful (Sixx AM)
This song is saying that life is all about making mistakes and learning from those mistakes so that you can rise above the hard times and see how beautiful this life really is.
In this song, Pink talks about how good it feels to be sober. When you are ready to make the change, it will be hard. But every day will be easier when you see how great you feel when you are free from your addiction.
Titanium (David Guetta)
This is a great song to play when you feel non-supportive people are attacking you or if the world is just getting you down.
Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
This song talks about addiction and how it causes you to forget about everything important in your life and how your addiction becomes your only “friend.” It is a good reminder that your actions not only affect your own life but the lives of those who love you as well.
Lean On Me (Bill Withers)
This classic song will cheer anyone up. It shows that sometimes in life, we cannot do things on our own, and it’s okay to ask for help and lean on a friend when times get tough.
“Lean on me. When you’re not strong, I’ll be a friend. I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long, til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on. Just call on me, brother, when you need a friend. We all need somebody to lean on.”
Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
This song is a classic and promotes love and freedom, and reminds you to free yourself of your demons. It encourages you to remember that nobody can fight your fight for you. You have to be strong and fight for your life.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Three Little Birds is a great song with a happy beat sure to put your mood in the right direction for the day. When things get hard, think of this song, and your troubles will melt away.
How Music Can Help Addiction Recovery
Music can create a multitude of emotions. It can change your mood in an instant. Music can be so powerful it can make someone cry or inspire motivation.
Some music can cause an aggressive attitude, whereas other music can create a tranquil, calm feeling. Without music, this world would be less vibrant, and we would not have a meaningful medium to express our emotions.
Since music has such strong emotional connections, it is no wonder that therapists and addiction recovery facilities incorporate it into their plans for treatment.
Have you ever been in a really bad mood and then heard a certain song on the radio that completely changed the way you were feeling? Then you can probably understand why it is so important to incorporate music into your recovery process.
Recovery takes time; there will be bad days where you feel like quitting, and there will be days when you feel like you are on top of the world.
Acknowledge Your Feelings and Let Go
To have fewer bad days, choose songs for your recovery playlist that inspire you and give you hope. Choose songs that are uplifting and help you remember that you are human and it is okay that you are not perfect. The key is to keep trying and learn from your mistakes.
Some music can instill feelings of guilt and remorse for behaviors in the past. Try to stay away from music that brings negative feelings or makes you want to participate in activities that may be detrimental to your recovery process.
When you are having feelings of guilt, sadness, or remorse, it is important to acknowledge those feelings and allow yourself some time to deal with them. But do not dwell on them. Focus on love and light, find songs that will lift you up instead of bringing you down.
Songs About Addiction And Recovery, Final Thoughts
As you can see, there are many positive ways that music can affect your recovery. It can make you accountable for past actions and help you to move on to a brighter future.
The songs in this list are meant to inspire and motivate you as you take your journey to living your best life. Don’t feel like you have to fight your addiction alone. If you or someone you love needs help, please ask before something happens that cannot be undone.