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    I was going to add ‘Hurt’ , too!

    How about ‘The Morning After the Night Before’ (Steve Miller Band?)
    and
    ‘If You Don’t Start Drinking’ (George Thoroughgood)

    Thanks for all the great ideas!!

    – Sylvie

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    Country Song by Seether… this is quite new, but when he said “I keep on thinking that the party’s all over” I had to sit up and listen. To me it seems to be about the struggle, that so-called conversation that we have with our DOC… it keeps telling us that we need it, and we give in, until we realize that we can live without it. It is uncomfortable to be without it sometimes, but we have to do it. Plus the video is great.

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    FYI: The New SixxAM album : “This is Gonna Hurt” ROCKS!!!

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    Metallica – Sweet Amber

    This song resonates deep in my soul. These are my responses, my interpretations of some select lines from the song:

    “Live your life so you don’t see mine”
    Letting Mother Addiction live her life through mine, as she is the master in disguising the life of an addict and she did not allow everybody else to really see what was going on

    “Ooh then she holds my hand, And I lie to get a smile”
    Mother Addiction took hold of my hand and provided me the strength to put on that fake smile to everybody else in order to uphold my life that was built on a foundation of lies

    “Using what I want, To get what you want”
    Mother Addiction tricked me into feeding her desires with substances, so she could fulfil her destructive plan she had for me

    “Chase the rabbit, fetch the stick. She rolls me over ‘till im sick”
    Mother Addiction played her games with me. She made it all fun and harmless. She played with me when all along I was blind to the fact that my life was spiralling out of control and impacting everybody around me, especially the ones I loved the most

    “She deals in habits, deals in pain. I run away, but I’m back again”Mother Addiction’s only purpose was to deliver her destructive habit, pain and despair. In between times of heavy active addiction, I would get a glimpse of the destruction I was causing to myself and everybody around me and wanted it over. Oh did I want it over! But the nature of Mother Addiction always pounced in times of weakness and ensured I fell back into her evil hands.

    “And she squeezes tighter. I still lie to get a smile”
    Mother Addiction was relentless in ensuring my active addiction got harder, faster, stronger! 1 hit was too many yet 1000 not enough. I was spiralling out of control! “Someone PLEASE F’N HELP ME!” But she always managed to let me portray that fake outer shell so no one would know the real me! The real race I was running! Me, the addict…

    “She holds the pen that spells the end. She traces me and draws me in”
    Mother Addiction had only one plan and this plan would only end in institutions, prison or death. Slowly over time, bit by bit, Mother Addiction would ensure her plan progressed. The end is nigh when the last pieces of the plan are started.

    “Ooh sweet amber. How sweet are you? How sweet does it get? It’s as never as sweet as it seems”
    ‘Sweet Amber’, my metaphor for one’s substance of choice. For me it was the devil itself… ‘meth’. The instant gratification it delivered was the best thing left in life. Talk about washing away all the pain and suffering instantaneously. No need to process any worry, conflict or emotion. What the hell was this thing called ‘emotion’ any way? I only experienced three varying states – “euphoria”, “exhaustion” & “anger”. Life on gear was never better. I sat on top of the world. Invincible. I was THE MAN….until the blind fold was whipped away and I was left standing in the pits of hell facing the harsh truth of reality, staring straight at the life I had destroyed, at the loved ones whom had always come second to my addiction, at the loved ones who I abandoned, abused and scarred. Mother Addiction had lied to me. She cared for nothing but herself. Where is that support she promised? Where is she now? …………………

    Lyrics

    Wash your back so you won’t stab mine
    Get in bed with your own kind
    Live your life so you don’t see mine
    Drape your back so you won’t shine
    Wash your back so you won’t stab mine
    Get in bed with your own kind
    Live your life so you don’t see mine
    Drape your back so you won’t shine

    Ooh then she holds my hand
    And i lie to get a smile
    Ooh then she holds my hand
    And i lie to get a smile

    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want

    Ooh sweet amber
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?

    Chase the rabbit, fetch the stick
    She rolls me over ’till im sick
    She deals in habits, deals in pain
    I run away, but i’m back again
    Chase the rabbit, fetch the stick
    She rolls me over ’till im sick
    She deals in habits, deals in pain
    I run away, but i’m back again

    Ooh then she holds my hand
    And i lie to get a smile
    And she squeezes tighter
    I still lie to get a smile

    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want
    Using what i want
    To get what you want

    Ooh sweet amber
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?

    She holds the pen that spells the end
    She traces me and draws me in…
    She holds the pen that spells the end
    She traces me and draws me in…

    Ooh sweet amber
    Ooh sweet amber
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?
    How sweet are you?
    How sweet does it get?

    It’s never as sweet as it seems

    Anonymous
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    Great thread!

    I am just now paying attention to some of these lyric

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    Another EMINEM fan here! Recovery album I can honestly say played a huge part in my recovery. I listened to it alot and could relate to many of the songs what was happening in my life including bad relationships, children, addiction, changing and general eff you songs lol.

    Here is just the chorus from ‘Not Afraid’:

    I’m not afraid to take a stand
    Everybody come take my hand
    We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
    Whatever weather, cold or warm
    Just let you know that, you’re not alone
    Holla if you feel that you’ve been down the same road

    LOVE IT!!!!

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    Tim McGraw – just be still

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    Some of mine will be repeated I am sure, esp from the beginning of this post but here goes but keep in mind a lot of mine are about addiction not really recovery persay but they have ALL helped me along the way

    First and foremost : ANYTHING that was done by the original Alice in Chains when Layne was still around. Amazing.
    Skinny Puppy – Love in Vein
    Neil Young – Tonight’s the night
    Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
    Social Distortion – Mainliner
    Velvet Underground – Heroin
    Guns N Roses – Mr. Brownstone
    John Lennon – Cold Turkey
    Placebo – My sweet prince
    Lou Reed – Perfect Day
    Mad Season – Wake Up
    Nick Cave – Into my arms
    James Brown – King Heroin
    A perfect circle – weak and powerless
    Seether – Fine again
    Everclear – Heroin Girl (not like the actual song much but the lyrics remind me something my ex bf would cling to with thoughts of me…)
    Nine Inch Nails – Hurt (johnny cash sings it good as well)
    Dream Theater – The mirror

    By the song titles I am sure you tell what my DOC is/was…I have very eclectic taste in music but this is only a very small list that I thought I’d share!

    -Jess

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    Standing – VNV Nation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4gZEAmOLk

    To Be Alive Again – Journey

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brsTizEVGHQ

    Ever Since The World Began – Survivor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-YMNWbm5E8

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    Van Nuys – Sixx AM

    About porn addiction, sex addiction, and drug addiction.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0q_VGacfNk

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    Arena – VNV Nation

    Before me plays the endless film
    Relentless splinters I recall
    Each living thing breathes life
    Only sentiment remains
    To liquid born, from patterns formed
    The sand descends with blind intent
    Where the river takes me will in time be revealed

    I cannot turn my feelings down
    Beyond my means to turn my thoughts around
    Expressed in every word I will ever speak
    Brighter than all the stars combined
    More than the waters, earth and sky
    All that I wish and all that I dream

    Above the waves with my hands raised
    Dare the wind, lay claim to me
    Knowing somehow none could take me
    Watching the sun come up in vain
    The only reason I can find why I remained
    The need to leave the point I came to again and again

    It didn’t matter how hard I tried
    It took so long to claim that I knew how
    Or what it meant to let go of this
    To ever say goodbye
    Call it destiny, call it fate
    Chose my direction, running forward
    Each life to learn anew, whatever may come

    I cannot turn my feelings down
    Beyond my means to turn my thoughts around
    Expressed in every word I will ever speak
    Brighter than all the stars combined
    More than the waters, earth and sky
    All that I wish and all that I dream
    No creed on earth can replace or provide
    In my darkest hour, the comfort I’d feel
    Leading me to see I can be more than I expect of me
    My beginning and my end
    The first and last air that I breathe
    More than the sum of everything that I will ever be

    YouTube – VNV Nation – Arena

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    Ignore this post.

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    Great thread…not sure if this one has been mentioned already, but this is my favorite song regarding addiction and in general, one of my all time favorites songs period…

    ‘Cheating At Solitaire’ by Mike Ness

    You can lie to yourself, you can lie to the world
    You can lie to the one you call your girl
    You can humble yourself to the hearts that you stole
    Wondering who’s gonna love you when you grow old?
    With a fistful of courage and a heart full of rage
    I realized I’d locked myself in a cage
    I’ll be the one standing there with the watery eyes
    I’ll be the fool in the mirror asking you whyasking why
    When I got to the end of my dirty rainbow
    And I found that there was no pot of gold
    Well, I learned that I was empty and not quite as strong
    For I had robbed my heart and cheated my soul
    Look for the one with the watery eyes
    I’ll be the fool in the mirror asking you why
    Cursing lovers in a warm tender embrace
    Scoffing at the world and the whole human race

    You can run, you can hide
    You can feed your foolish pride
    With the hearts that you stole
    And an empty pot of gold
    And the lover’s warm embrace
    And the whole damned human race
    You can use and abuse
    In the end you’ll always lose at the game
    …for I cheated myself at solitaire.

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    I love so many songs that have been posted here. Thanks all who shared!

    Here are some country songs I haven’t seen listed yet. I think someone else posted songs by Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, so I won’t repeat those. And Carrie Underwood’s “Wasted” is obvious.

    Rascal Flatts – “I’m Movin’ On“:
    I’ve dealt with my ghosts and I’ve faced all my demons
    Finally content with a past I regret
    I’ve found you find strength in your moments of weakness
    For once I’m at peace with myself

    Faith Hill – “If You’re Gonna Fly Away
    You had all these dreams
    But your small town,they killed them for you
    You had nothing else to do
    But to use and use and use and use

    Tim McGraw – “Angel Boy
    I found a priest, I spoke my mind
    Asked if I’d sinned one too many times
    He said “My son, you’re only a man”
    Then I said, “Sir, you don’t understand”

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    My ex-boyfriend was a recovering addict, and although he was NOT a huge John Mayer fan, I am. One day in my car, I had one of my favorite songs blaring…for once, he wanted to hear it again and again. When I looked over his eyes were closed and his head was back. I got it. I think Mayer wrote the song about love, but I think it can apply to anything…especially recovery.
    I bold printed his favorite parts.

    In Repair – John Mayer

    Too many shadows in my room
    Too many hours in this midnight
    Too many corners in my mind
    So much to do to set my heart right
    Oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    Oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    I should assume it’s still unsteady
    I am in repair, i am in repair

    Stood on the corner for a while
    To wait for the wind to blow down on me
    Hoping it takes with it my old ways

    And brings some brand new luck upon me
    Oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    Oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    I should assume it’s still unsteady
    I am in repair, i am in repair

    And now i’m walking in a park
    All of the birds they dance below me
    Maybe when things turn green again
    It will be good to say you know me

    Oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    Oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    I should assume it’s still unready
    Oh i’m never really ready, i’m never really ready
    I’m in repair, i’m not together but i’m getting there
    I’m in repair, i’m not together but i’m getting there

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