There’s something comforting about a good song. Beats and melodies we can listen to over and over again and lyrics we will never forget. There are even certain songs that will remind you of specific times in your life. Music is special in that way. It brings you back in time or gives you hope for the future. Sometimes we feel like lyrics can identify exactly what we’re going through. This is no different when it comes to addiction and recovery.
Music can help guide you through the treatment process and keep you strong in your recovery. Here are ten songs about addiction and sobriety that you might find relatable during your recovery journey:
“Recover” – Natasha Bedingfield
Bedingfield is a lyrical master in her song “recover,” talking about pain, scars, and the fight to survive. She says, “the worst is over, all those fires we’ve been walking through, and still we survived somehow.” She spreads the message that we do recover.
“Not an addict” – K’s Choice
This song does a great job of capturing the struggle between deciding if you have issues with substances or not, a struggle familiar to people in recovery. It can be helpful to remember where you once were and see the substance-free life you’re heading towards more clearly.
“Starting Over” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Macklemore is open about his recovery. In this song, he talks about the relapse he had after three years of sobriety. The song is the story of what happened and how he started over. This line says it all on his attitude about sobriety, “If I can be an example of getting sober, I can be an example of starting over.”
“Sober” – Pink
In this jam, singer-songwriter Pink talks about being the sober one at the party and the quiet sense of comfort that comes from it, singing, “How do I feel this good sober?”. Pink gave up drugs in 1995.
“Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Vocalist Anthony Kiedis wrote the lyrics to express his loneliness and his struggle with addiction. In the song, he reflects on narcotics and the impact they’ve had on his life. Initially, Kiedis was nervous about showing his bandmates the lyrics, but they were receptive and created the song. Under the Bridge turned out to be a hit and allowed the Red Hot Chili Peppers to enter the mainstream. Anthony Kiedis has been public about his sobriety and details his journey in his memoir, Scar Tissue.
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
Eminem’s seventh album, Recovery, has been called one of his most emotional and reflective. In it, he was honest about his addiction to prescription pills and how it almost ended his life. His single “Not Afraid” calls out to people who “might still be in that place” to connect with his story. True to life, he admits recovery is difficult but insists he’ll push forward for himself and his children, rapping “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.”