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155 Songs About Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery

Too many songs glorify drugs and alcohol.  Use these pop, rock and country songs about addiction, dependency, sobriety and recovery to celebrate your journey to a better life.

Too many songs glorify drugs and alcohol. Use these pop, rock and country songs about addiction, dependency, sobriety and recovery to celebrate your journey to a better life.

The Downward Spiral of Self-Destruction Is Difficult to Watch

Kylee is an aging beauty—long blonde hair, with a mouth like a sailor. She's sneaky smart in the street kind of way and can crack a joke (clean or dirty) that will have everyone in the room doubled over in stiches.

The other week, Kylee headed for Wal-mart on what was supposed to be a quick grocery run. She didn't come back for four days.

Actually, she's done that a couple of times. And really, should it be a surprise? (Everyone knows you can't run to Wal-mart for a quick anything.) But four days is a long shopping trip, especially when she has a teenage daughter waiting for her at home. Kylee's mother eventually found her at a crack house on the low side of town, consorting with dangerous people.

Because of her drug habit, the regional jail has been Kylee's occasional address. She's stolen prescription drugs from a chronically ill relative. She's allegedly traded drugs for sex. She's beaten up her own drug dealer and stolen his car (never a smart move).

An addict, she has quit drugs, relapsed, gone to rehab, and repeated the awful cycle of addiction. Perhaps one day she will succeed in getting clean, but for now she waits to hit bottom. "Where's the end of this? How much lower can she go?" others wonder, saddened, disgusted, and unable to help.

Although I've never struggled with drugs or alcohol personally, I have known substance abusers. Kylee is my cousin. If her story is familiar to you, then I hope it's because you've made it to the other side and are recovering. I wish you peace, strength, and good health in your lifelong journey.

Here is a long list of songs about addiction, dependency, getting sober, and the process of recovery — because each day of being clean and sober should be cause for celebration. Make a playlist to remind yourself just how far you have come. Or make a playlist for someone you love who is on this journey.

"Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow." - Larry Michael Dredla, American author

"Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow." - Larry Michael Dredla, American author

1. "It's Been Awhile" by Staind

Recovery has been a long road for the narrator in this 2001 rock song. He's finally calling an old love whom he hurt with his addiction. He apologizes and explains that it's been awhile since drugs didn't control his life. It feels good to be clean again.

Best recovery lyrics:

And it's been awhile since I can say that I wasn't addicted
And it's been awhile since I can say I love myself as well.

2. "Young Homie" by Chris Rene

Alcohol and drugs used to plague the guy in this 2012 song, but now he blisses out on being clean and sober. He wants other young people to know that life's too short for addiction.

Best sobriety and recovery lyrics:

And I got the recipe, I don't need no Hennessey,
Yeah, it's been nine months now,
Haven't had a drink and I'm starting to see clear now,
I'm putting all my fears down,
I can hear the cheers now,
Seeing peace signs when I look around.

According to The National Institute of Health, "Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her."

According to The National Institute of Health, "Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her."

3. “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

One of Rolling Stone's "Greatest Songs of All Time," this 2006 Motown-influenced hit is about the denial of addiction. The narrator insists that her problem isn't all that bad — that she drinks because she fears a break-up with her soulmate.

She insists she doesn't have the time for rehab, and there's nothing new she can learn there. The autobiographically-inspired song was written after the singer's 15-minute stay in rehab which she attended simply so she could tell her record label that she went. Sadly, the extraordinarily talented Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.

Best addiction and dependency lyrics:

The man said, "Why do you think you here?"
I said, "I got no idea"
"I'm gonna, I'm gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near."

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard, American author

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard, American author

Common Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Each individual and situation is different. Seek professional advice if you suspect someone you love is substance addicted.

Sudden changes in appearance (e.g., weight loss or gain, dilated pupils, unusual smells on the breath or clothes)

Poor grooming (e.g., unwashed clothes, unbathed, teeth not brushed)

Memory gaps - (e.g., unable to recall what happened the night before)

New health concerns (e.g., headaches, excessive sniffing or runny nose, tremors, seizures, lack of coordination)

Lack of interest in sleeping or eating

Loss of interest in social activities that used to be enjoyable (e.g., school, hobbies, exercise)

Unexplainable paraonia or confusion

Unexplained need for money - may borrow or steal to get it

Personality changes - mood and attitude may reflect more irritability and anger

Missing work, school, or important engagements; having problems with work/school

Hyperactivity or underactive

Friendship groups may change - long time friends may be replaced by new ones, new activies and hangouts

Increased secrecy, demands for privacy, and defensiveness

Legal problems/involvement in criminal activity

Poorer stress coping

4. "Amazing" by Aerosmith

This 1993 power ballad describes the desperation of a life of pain, drugs, and sin. The narrator finally hit bottom, and when he got help, he was amazed at how his life turned around.

Best recovery lyrics:

It's amazing
With the blink of an eye, I finally saw the light
It's amazing
That when the moment arrives, you know you'll be alright.

5. "High Cost of Living" by Jamey Johnson

From the inside of a prison cell, the guy in this 2008 country song is remorseful about his choices. He had a sweet wife who doubled as a best friend, a job, and he owned property.

However, he was running with the wrong crowd and traded the security of his life for "cocaine and a whore" when the police nabbed him in a local motel. From behind bars, he's gained new appreciation and perspective.

Best lyrics about dependency:

I tell you the high cost of livin'
Ain't nothing like the cost of livin' high.

6. "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley (Featuring Allison Krauss)

This beautiful and tragic country ballad from 2003 tells the story of a broken romance that ultimately claimed two lives. After the woman he loved rejected him, the man spent years trying to drink her off his mind until one night he died by alcohol poisoning. Brokenhearted, she then repeated his self-destructive act.

Best addiction lyrics:

He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away her memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees,

7. "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran

After songwriter Ed Sheeran visited a homeless shelter and listened to others' life stories, he wrote this 2011 song about a heroin-addicted prostitute. The woman has been on the streets since she was 18. Both her body and her soul have been hollowed out by the horrors of drug addiction and life on the mean streets.

Addiction has a major impact on family members. The addict may lie and steal from them, break promises, not come home at night, get fired from work, and engage in behaviors they wouldn't do if they were clean. Addiction breaks trust.

Addiction has a major impact on family members. The addict may lie and steal from them, break promises, not come home at night, get fired from work, and engage in behaviors they wouldn't do if they were clean. Addiction breaks trust.

8. "Dark Times" by The Weeknd (Featuring Ed Sheeran)

The narrator in this 2015 song is on drugs and has another man's blood on his clothes. He lives a fast-paced, dangerous and unpredictable life, and issues a warning to the woman he's with: She should not fall in love with him. (That always works, right?)

Best addiction lyrics:

In my dark times I'll be going back to the street
Promising everything I do not mean
In my dark times, baby this is all I could be
Don't think my mother could love me for me
In my dark times, in my dark times.

" ... Avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." - Charlotte Brontë, American writer

" ... Avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." - Charlotte Brontë, American writer

9. "Fallen" by Sarah McLachlan

The narrator in this Grammy-nominated 2004 song acknowledges that she's made some big mistakes. She got caught up in the wrong crowd and she admits she has messed up.

Ironically, then those same friends rejected her, embarrased of what she had become. As she fights her way back, she seeks hope and redemption, not blame.

Best recovery lyrics:

I've messed up
Better I should know
Don't come 'round here and
Tell me "I told you so."

10. "It Ain't the Whiskey" by Gary Allan

With last night on his breath, the narrator in this 2013 country song stands up in an AA meeting and tells the group that it's not the whiskey, the cigarettes, or the the stuff he smokes that is killing him. Instead, he claims, it's the memories of the woman who left him and the hole that is left in his heart. He's tried in vain to fill it with addictions, topped with a double heap of denial.

11."Sober" by Kelly Clarkson

In this 2007 song, the American Idol depicts a woman who has been sober for three months, having plucked the negative people and influences out of her life in order to focus on her well-being. The narrator is not comparing or second guessing herself. She feels fortunate to be taking one day at a time.

Clarkson herself is not alcoholic. Instead, she used alcoholism as a metaphor for the addictions each person faces.

Best sobriety lyrics:

Three months and I'm still sober
Picked all my weeds but kept the flowers
But I know it's never really over.

12. "The More I Drink" by Blake Shelton

In this 2007 country song, a bunch of guys are sitting in a bar and they notice one of their own is enjoying a regular Coke. They begin to tease him, asking him why he won't have a few drinks with them? (What is wrong with them? But also, what's he doing in a bar?)

The guy explains that he cannot help himself; he doesn't stop at just one. One drink leads to 13, he explains, as well as to a lot of other unwanted behavior.

13. "Just As I Am" by Brantley Gilbert

The alcoholic narrator in this 2014 country song has found his bottom, so he takes his bottle of bourbon to the church and pours it out as an offering to God. Tired of living this way, he asks for divine help to become the man he can be and to face the world without the crutch of alcohol.

14. "Your Glass House" by Atmosphere

This 2008 hip hop song describes the morning after the party, when a woman once again wakes up alone. She is half-clothed in a strange house, wondering what she did last night and who she upset this time. Through the shame, she's throwing up, ignoring her phone, and trying to compose herself to call in sick to work.

15. "Walk a Little Straighter, Daddy" by Billy Cunningham

Told from the perspective of the son of an alcoholic, this 2003 song is a touching reminder that the children of an alcoholic are impacted tremendously by the disease. In the song, the young boy waits for his father to come home from work, but when he does, the man is drunk and passes out.

Years later, when graduating from high school, the teenager sees his drunk father leave the auditorium before he even receives his diploma. The son vows never to put his own children through the trauma of what he experienced growing up as the child of an alcoholic.

16. "Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction

This catchy 1987 rock song was written about an actual young woman named Jane who shared a house in Hollywood with a group of struggling musicians. She came from a well-to-do family, had a heroin habit and an abusive drug dealer boyfriend.

As referred to in the song, she often talked about saving money to go to Europe. When she got angry, she'd take a swipe at one of her 12 or so other housemates. When the tv or other items came up missing in the house, the roommates would blame it on "Jane's addiction," thus they named their group after her. The real Jane finally kicked her habit years later.

In predicting addiction, how fast and how often drugs get to the brain can be more important than how much.  Smoking, injecting, snorting or ingesting a drug directly affects how fast it gets to the brain.

In predicting addiction, how fast and how often drugs get to the brain can be more important than how much. Smoking, injecting, snorting or ingesting a drug directly affects how fast it gets to the brain.

17. "Slow Suicide" by Scott Stapp

The narrator in this 2006 song sees drugs, booze, and toxic relationships for what they truly are: a form of slow suicide. Having previously suffered by his own hand, he realizes that life is short and precious, and he refuses to engage in self-destruction.

Best sobriety and recovery lyrics:

I can't let this life pass me by
In a blink of an eye it ends
I can't let my tomorrows decide
What I am in this life
It's like committing slow suicide.

18. "Life is Beautiful" by Sixx AM

There's a powerful message behind this 2007 song: You can change your self-destructive ways rather than seeking experiences like drugs that will put you in a coffin before your time. Don't wait until it's too late to learn how to live.

Best sobriety and recovery lyrics:

Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.

Call 1-800-662-Help (4357)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) operates a National Helpline for individuals and families facing substance use and/or mental health disorders. It is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service, available in English and Spanish.

Binge drinking is the most common form of excessive drinking. It involves the consumption of 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women or 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men.

Binge drinking is the most common form of excessive drinking. It involves the consumption of 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women or 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men.

19. "Dope" by Lady Gaga

For all her weirdness, Lady Gaga actually has an impressive voice, and this 2013 love ballad demonstrates it. The protagonist tells her lover "I need you more than dope" and begs them not to leave because her heart would break and she might not wake up.

Best addiction lyrics:

Each day, I cry
Oh, I feel so low from living high.

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." - George Chakiris, American dancer

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." - George Chakiris, American dancer

20. "Gravity" by A Perfect Circle

Feeling lost, broken and weary from being bound by the chains of addiction, the narrator in this 2003 song feels vulnerable. Unable to quit alone, he's asking for help with recovering from his habit.

Best recovery lyrics:

Catch me, heal me, lift me back up to the sun
I choose to live.

Heavy drinking involves the consumption of 8 or more drinks per week for women or 15 or more drinks per week for men.

Heavy drinking involves the consumption of 8 or more drinks per week for women or 15 or more drinks per week for men.

Even More Songs About Addiction, Dependency, Sobriety & Recovery

SongArtistYear Released

21. Starting Over

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis


22. An Old Friend of Mine

Joe Nichols


23. Don't Leave Home



24. Animal That I Have Become

Three Days Grace


25. Wise Up

Aimee Mann


26. Man On The Rocks

Mike Oldfield


27. Monkey

George Michael


28. Running To Stand Still



29. The Last Fight

Bullet for My Valentine


30. Medicine

Biffy Clyro


31. Wine Into Water

T. Graham Brown


32. Captain Jack

Billy Joel


33. Powder Blue



34. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette

Tex Williams


35. One Day At A Time

Joe Walsh


36. John Doe

B.o.B (Featuring Priscilla)


37. Check In



38. What I Can't Put Down

Jon Pardi


39. That Smell

Lynyrd Skynyrd


40. It Don’t Matter



41. Demons

Kenny Chesney


42. My Deliverer



43. Habit

Pearl Jam


44. Zombie

We As Human


45. Hot Beer and Cold Women

Randy Houser


46. Whiskey on My Breath

Love and Theft


47. Sober



48. Drugs Or Jesus

Tim McGraw


49. You Found Me

The Fray


50. She Talks To Angels

The Black Crowes


51. Oxycontin Blues

Steve Earle


52. Save Me



53. Little Rock

Collin Raye


54. Changed

Rascal Flatts


55. Recovery

James Arthur


56. Song To Say Goodbye



57. Moonshiner

Uncle Tupelo


58. Devil In a Bottle

Lynyrd Skynyrd


59. Gin Bottle Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins


60. Waiting Around to Die

Townes Van Zandt


61. The Needle and the Damage Done

Neil Young


62. Sam Stone

John Prine


63. Say It Ain't So



64. The Moonshiner

Uncle Tupelo


65. Bleeding Me



66. Girl with Golden Eyes

Sixx A.M.


67. How Could You Leave Us?



68. Clean



69. Rusty Cage



70. Drug Dealer

Mackelmore (Featuring Ariana DeBoo)


71. Lithium



72. Down a Hole

Alice in Chains


73. Something to Remind You



74. Hate Me

Blue October


75. It Ain't Me

Kygo and Selena Gomez


76. Drinkin' Problem



77. Wasted

Carrie Underwood


78. That's Why I'm Here

Kenny Chesney


79. Heavy

Linkin Park


80. Hurt

Johnny Cash


81. Long Year

Todd Snider


82. S.O.B.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats


83. Stone Cold Sober

Brantley Gilbert


84. Some People Change

Montgomery Gentry


85. Flowers

Chris Young


86. Cheap Whiskey

Martina McBride


87. Nothing to Die For

Tim McGraw


88. You're Not My God

Keith Urban


89. You Don't Know Jack

Luke Bryan


90. Drug Addiction



91. Down Where the Drunkards Roll

Richard and Linda Thompson


92. Needle of Death

Bert Jansch


93. Save Me From Myself

Brian “Head” Welch


94. Relapse

Anna Clendening


95. Lost Love and Addiction



96. Chris Dolmeth



97. You Don't Get Me High Anymore

Three Days Grace


98. If I Drink This Beer

Nashville Cast (Featuring Chris Carmack & Will Chase)


99. Bottom of a Bottle

Smile Empty Soul


100. The Needle Lies



101. Drugs or Me

Jimmy Eat World


102. The Drugs Don’t Work

The Verve


103. Accidents Can Happen



104. The Real You

Three Days Grace


105. Painkiller

Three Days Grace


106. Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been

Relient K


107. Breaking the Habit

Linkin Park


108. HELP

Papa Roach


109. The Man I Was



110. Sober Saturday Night

Chris Young (Featuring Vince Gill)


111. Otherside

Macklemore (Featuring Fences)


112. Mansions



113. Don't Wait for Me

Josh Garrels


114. Another Empty Bottle

Katy McAllister


115. Hey, You Got Drugs?

Tove Lo


116. Old Friend



117. Life by the Drop

Stevie Ray Vaughn


118. I Surrender



119. I Surrender

The Adverts


120. Habits (Stay High)

Tove Lo


121. Chandelier



122. Against Me

Thrash Unreal


123. Kevin

Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis (Featuring Leon Bridges)


124. Wine Colored Roses

George Jones


125. Water in His Wine Glass

Maddie & Tae


126. God of Wine

Third Eye Blind


127. Heaven Was a Drink of Wine

Merle Haggard


128. Deal with the Devil

Pop Evil


129. Sober

Demi Lovato


130. Runaway

Ed Sheeran


131. Against My Better Judgment



132. Bloodstream

The Chainsmokers


133. Nutshell

Alice in Chains


134. Under the Bridge

Red Hot Chili Peppers


135. Miracle

Rise Against


136. Sober



137. Lights



138. Drunkard's Prayer

Chris Stapleton


139. Hand of Doom

Black Sabbath


140. Life in the Fast Lane



141. Tightrope

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble


142. Wall of Denial

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble


143. You Can Count on Me

Trophy Eyes


144. Addiction



145. Chemical Prisoner

Falling in Reverse


146. Workin' On

Colt Ford


147. Rx (Medicate)

Theory of a Deadman


148. Weak



149. Some People Do

Old Dominion


150. Baker Street

Gerry Rafferty


151. They're Coming for Me

Madina Lake


152. That Ain't Me No More

Matt Stell


153. Broken Window Serenade

Whiskey Meyers


154. Freddie's Dead

Curtis Mayfield


155. Call Me When You’re Sober



The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain killers like hydrocodone or OxyContin, tranquilizers like Xanax, and stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. Over half of illegal prescription drugs are obtained from a friend or relative.

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain killers like hydrocodone or OxyContin, tranquilizers like Xanax, and stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. Over half of illegal prescription drugs are obtained from a friend or relative.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I get in contact with you somehow? I need to reveal something difficult to start my recovery. I'm struggling with drug addiction and depression. How do I take this first step of revealing my truth?

Answer: The best way to contact me is to leave a detailed comment in the Comments Section below. Don't put identifying information about yourself in the comment such as your real name, email, or real names of people you know, especially if there is sensitive information revealed. I prefer that route for specific situations, because others may be able to read and learn from what you are facing.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2020:

Cassandra - Thanks for your comment. I've added your suggested song. Have a wonderful week.

Cassandra on September 09, 2020:

Pretty sure “They’re Coming For Me” by Madina Lake is about drug addiction. Here’s the second verse of the song.

“Don’t wanna be sick no more but I’m just too insecure to ask for help from any friends. I can’t turn to family ‘cause they’re so proud of me and there is no worse feeling, but I can’t do this by myself”

I absolutely love this song and I highly recommend it. No worries though I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol. That song however, I am.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 27, 2020:

Only for today - Thank you for sharing your experience and feelings here.

Only for today on July 26, 2020:

I learned a lot in my recovery !

I learned to enjoy life sober.

I learned to be honest to every step I make and every person I talk to !

Also they learned me to love myself and I cannot change the things that happend to me or others I only can change my further steps in life !

I learned to love life and others and helping other people in recovery I’m from Belgium and if anyone needs help !

The second stap before you tell yourself you are harmless to you self and your life became not livable anymore you learn to ask people for help because a lot we were not able to fix it so ask help you can’t go trough the strength of addiction alone !

I’m here to help for sure from now on !

Thank you for reading this and for everyone in recovery a good 24/hours and a lot of love from me !

Greeeetz giooo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 08, 2020:

MG - It's such a problem, and I fear that the pandemic has made the issue more urgent for some. Thank you for your kind words on the playlist. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 08, 2020:

Going to seed and then rehab is something we see so often. This is a wonderful selection and your computer brain has dug up a repertoire of lovely songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 08, 2020:

Anonymous - What a phenomenally inspirational testimony. I feel confident that you have touched the life of someone who needed to hear your message today. Thank you for taking the time to share your story of redemption and hope.

Anonymous on June 08, 2020:

They say “never pass up the chance to share your experience,strength, and hope. You might just say something that saves someone’s life.” So that’s what I’m doing. If you are struggling with addiction and you’re reading this, there’s a way out I promise. I was 14 when I picked up my first drug of choice, marijuana. My mother smoked with me so I always had a steady supply. I would smoke all day every day. It made me feel apart of for once instead of apart from. The empty feeling wasn’t unbearable anymore. My life became unmanageable in the blink of an eye. I started skipping school to get high and falling behind in my classes. By the middle of my freshman year I was using and selling prescription drugs at school. By the end of my freshman year I was dependent on my girlfriends adderal to get me through the day and be able to pass my classes. My senior year I got a job at qdoba where I met the first love my life who’s name will remain anonymous. Within 2 weeks of meeting her she introduced me to my second love, crystal meth. As soon as I picked it up I was hooked and I didn’t put it down for 3 years after that. I spiraled out of control fast. Within the first year I had lost 100 pounds and started selling drugs and was living in my girlfriends car or on peoples couches.Stealing anything I could from whoever I could to pawn it or trade it for drugs. I hit rock bottom more than once. Each time it got worse. Mentally, I was insane. Repeating the same pattern over and over again expecting different results. Physically I was beaten. I was slowly withering away to nothing right in front of my parents eyes. Emotionally, I was drained. I stopped caring about everything besides the drugs. Even myself. Spiritually I was bankrupt. I had this void that no drug, relationship, Or shopping spree could fill. I was a shell of a human being. I had lost the will to live. When I was 18 I entered the rooms of a 12 step program to keep my mom off my back. Even though I was still using when I was going, the literature and the fellowship planted a seed. The warm welcoming hugs. The cheesy slogans. Everyone looking happy to be clean and enjoying life. Complete strangers telling me the loved me and I never have to use again. So I kept coming back. It took a lot of time and several relapses for me to learn my lesson. Now, because of the 12 step program,I have a life worth living and enjoying.The program has given me my 2nd chance at life and taught me how to live it without drugs.I’ve learned how to love myself and others unconditionally. My lost dreams reawakened and I’m going to college to be an EMT. I have a healthy relationship with my family. I have a job because I’m employable today. I no longer have a desire to use drugs which is the only promise this program gave me but recovery has given me so much more. So, if you are still in active addiction and you are reading this, you are loved and you are not alone. It is possible to get and stay clean. There is hope after dope. You are worth it to fight for yourself. You don’t have to keep fighting. The last and most important message I’ll give is that an addict. Any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live through a 12 step program.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2020:

Peggy - When people take a moment to share their own story of loss, struggle, or triumph they let others know they are not alone. Even though this earth has 7.5 billion people we often forget that others share the same experiences. Songs can be really important connectors, the same with shared experiences and words of wisdom. The comments that readers leave on this and other playlists can be tragic, inspirational, uplifting, ironic, poignant, and motivational and I feel lucky that people open up enough to share their lives with others here.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2020:

As powerful as this list of songs is, some of the comments from recovering addicts are even more powerful. Who knew that you would be using your psychologist's aptitude to be aiding so many people online because of your song lists? It is terrific! Perhaps that was your intent when you started writing these. If so, congratulations!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2020:

Juraj Mucko - Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2020:

Juraj Mucko - Thanks for your suggestions. I've added the Gerry Rafferty song, "Baker Street." Have a terrific day and stay healthy and safe.

Juraj Mucko on April 22, 2020:

As computer Joshua brilliantly summed it up in movie War games:

"The only winning move - is not to play."

Juraj Mucko on April 22, 2020:

I would like to offer few additions to your list.

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Gerry Rafferty - Night Owl

Gerry Rafferty - One Drink Down

Gerry Rafferty was an expert on drinking and eventually died of liver failure.

Jimmy Cliff - Trapped

Bruce Springsteen - Trapped (Live)

Trapped was originally written and performed by Jimmy Cliff but it was made famous by The Boss.


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 08, 2020:

Cameron M. - I wish you health and wellness every day, every moment.

Cameron M. on March 08, 2020:

I am currently recovering from the following

Cutting Drinking and Smoking

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 10, 2020:

Tom - Thank you for sharing your story. I know it's going to help someone.

tom from Yuma, AZ on February 09, 2020:

I have been clean for almost 3 years it started out smoking pot and drinking then anything you put in front of me. I've lied cheated and stole from everyone I loved for 40 years even though I haven't drank or smoked pot for 15 years I got hooked opn the worse demon of my life Meth. was and is the hardest thing I've evr walked away fro. My mom passed away dec. 20, 2019 and I made a promise to never abuse drugs again and losing her and staying drug free though this is harder than ever I can proud to say still drug free

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 16, 2020:

Tamara - Thanks for the suggestions.

Tamara loran on January 15, 2020:

Sober up by AJK

weak by AJK

we don't need em by Ryan Caraveo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

Tonya - Thank you for sharing both your experience and this song suggestion which I added. I wish you continued success on your journey.

Tonya on November 16, 2019:

Medicate by Theory should definitely be on this list. As a recovering addict currently in MAT, I have firsthand experience and that song sums up quite a bit of the feelings and situations i have been through.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 01, 2019:

Tex - Great song. I send you all the best, buddy.

Tex on November 01, 2019:

I’m 18, living in a sober living program program. I’m 3 months sober from drugs and alcohol. My girl got me sober for the first time since I was 14. It ain’t easy so far but one song that got me to get and stay sober was “Workin’ on” by Colt Ford. Worth the listen.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 19, 2019:

Marcus - Congratulations and thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Others will certainly find inspiration from your hard fought-success. I wish you continued success in your journey. Thank you!

Marcus on October 19, 2019:

7 years clean. Just wanted to share not to tap myself on the back but to show those out there that are still sick and suffering that this program works we do recover but one must be ready to surrender and be willing to tell themselves and those who want to help you that at some point your life has become unmanageable and your tired of dealing w being sick and tired then you know your ready .. There's million more just like me because with help from others and guidance in one way or another we do recover

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 28, 2019:

Alex - Thanks for the song recommendation. I'll add it to the list. Be well and have a great weekend.

Alex on September 25, 2019:

there is a song by a uk band Counterfeit called Addiction. The band's frontman is Jamie Campbell Bower who is also an actor (Harry Potter, Twilight, Sweeny Todd, Mortal Instruments).

They are also going to be releasing a song soon called Get Out about cocaine addiction and a huge ego.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2019:

Tim117 - Thank you for sharing these suggestions. I added the Trophy Eyes song to the list at #143. Have a great week. Take care of yourself and those around you.

Tim117 on September 22, 2019:

Rapture by the band Teeth for addicts and recovering addicts who are inti heavier songs. And the music video for You Can Count on Me by Trophy Eyes makes me think about my addiction to black to the point of beinging tears to my eyes every single time. A man (men) running through homes, the streets, stealing a kids bike and ruining good family events, and destroying everything in their way just to slide across the table and stop the timer on the microwave before the countdown hits zero. That's not what the band says the song is about but I relate to the video and lyrics in an uncanny way and I think a lot of people can...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2019:

Cs1282 - Thank you again for these song suggestions!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2019:

Cs1282 - Thank you for the excellent suggestions based on your own experiences. I have added several songs here. I wish you well in your lifelong journey. May you serve as an inspiration for others.

Cs1282 on September 02, 2019:

I cannot possibly forvet tightrope and crossfire, and for me especially Wall of Denial by stevie ray vaughan. The whole in step album is post sobriety for him and its fresh. Such a tragedy we never got to see what was next.

Cs1282 on September 02, 2019:

The whole album above by mad season is about addiction and has always been there for me. Hand of doom by black sabbath for those with needle issues. Against the wind by bob seger. Not the whole song but most if it and the fact its going to be a lifelong battle. Combination by aerosmith think youre on top of the world but youre a mess. Life in the fast lane by the eagles. That was me and my gf we are now both recovering and kicking butt. Even hotel california can be interpreted that way and its among bohemian rhapsody as greatest songs of all time. Many other alice in chains songs are worth a listen as are parts of dream theatre especialy glass house its hard with those as they span albums. Music is what got me through many things and tgis is included. Great idea to make tgis list and im sure ill have more to add.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 13, 2019:

Kendal Landrum - Here are a few ideas. Consider creating a YouTube channel of your songs as well as your story. Consider vlogging if you have a message. Develop a personal brand (what are you about, what's your message to others?). Cultivate a strong social media presence if you don't already have one to promote your brand, connecting and supporting other people facing the same struggle you have faced in your life. Be persistent.

Kendal Landrum on May 12, 2019:

How do i get my recovery songs out there im 15 years clean god is guiding me this way

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 07, 2019:

Greg, I wish you well in getting and staying sober. The list is constantly evolving, and I don't pretend to know all songs about all topics. That would be impossible. I therefore appreciate useful song suggestions from readers. Thanks for the recommendations.

Greg on May 07, 2019:

Nice list, but it seems you missed the two best (my opinion, sure) songs about addiction: "Sober" from Tool (same lead as A Perfect Circle), and "Lights" from Archive. You can surely not get it straight from the lyrics, it is much more subtle than that, but anyobe going through addiction would understand.

I am dealing with addiction myself, currently trying to get over it (fortunately, not too far neither), and not only can I find myself in those songs, but they helped be quite a lot when I needed it.

I do not believe in God, and happy for those who can be helped because of their belief, but to me music had a similar redeeming effect.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2019:

Desiree - It's true that you never know the baggage that others carry. Thank you for sharing the meaningful story of your struggle, and I wish you all the best.

Desiree on April 11, 2019:

I have struggled with addiction for 14 years. There has been many ups and downs through it all. I realized I had a problem when I lost my husband, our children and my family. The day that it really hit me was a day I had the chance to see my children but chose not to because I was afraid that I would miss out on getting some of the pills that we had bought. There's many moments that haunt me still today. I had 3 years sober and relapsed but luckily made it back into the program and now have just under a month. I am praying and hoping that this is my last time. I have started counseling to work on the mental issues that I have such as depression and very low self esteem and I am working very hard. I struggled at first because I was expecting to be the same woman that I was prior to using. Since I have opened my eyes and accepted that I am a different woman now it has gotten a lot easier. One thing that I have found that helps me is telling my story and trying to help others. I had lady tell me one time that way to keep your sobriety is to give it away and I have found that to be very true. At first it was kind of confusing but what she meant was the way to keep your sobriety and recovery is to tell your story and help others with it. You never know when someone is going through something similar and your story could be the encouragement that they need to hear.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2019:

McPeak - Thanks for your comment.

McPeak on April 09, 2019:

Why do people let the devil isolate them when they think that all is lost, the devil is a liar isn't he

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2019:

Jenna - Thank you for sharing your feelings and experience. There are so many others like you, and I hope the desperation of your situation and honest desire to change resonated with them. Please seek the help you need to get clean. There's a new you in there waiting to come out, but you must struggle with these demons first. All my best to you in this worthy fight to get and stay clean.

Jenna on April 09, 2019:

Im 27,have been an addict for 5 years give or take. I dont want to be this way any more. I used to tell others i was waiting for a sign, something that would click i guess.. but I'm tired of waiting for that sign im going to find it.. i have so much to offer,yet i bottle it up tired, done feeling like i do day in and day out. I can't do this.. i need help. I just pray to god i find it before the devil within me takes my life from me instead.. im sorry for writing this, im sure its not the comment to write,thank you for the list of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

Shawn E Moore (sem) - You'll know when it's time to seek help. Don't wait until it's too late. You're too important.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

Shawn E Moore - I'm sorry to hear that.

s e m on March 18, 2019:

I put myself through hell opiates cocain lsd almost oded I have not used in 15 years I still drink but thats it when you nod out when you are trying to blow your brains out its time to seek help I didnt go to a clinic I suffered cold turkey still like my blue moon

Shawn E Moore on March 18, 2019:

I will never sober up I have to have one bad habbit

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Kimberlyl - Congratulations on your road to recovery, and thank you for sharing your story. I hope it serves as an inspiration for others.

Kimberlyl on February 21, 2019:

So in june ill be 2 years clean. I an a recovering addict. I was in active addiction for 5 years. I lost everything my home my marriage n my 2 girl. Im slowly getting everything back only because ive stayed clean. Anyone can achive sobriety.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 05, 2019:

Ian - Great suggestion. Thank you.

Ian on January 04, 2019:

What about Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

tiffany on November 26, 2018:

I want to find out more

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 08, 2018:

Maninthemaze - "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains? I added the song to the playlist and appreciate both your song suggestion and your opening up about your own struggle. I wish you all the best.

Maninthemaze on October 08, 2018:

What about "Nutshell" by Nine Inch Nails? And probably the best description of my addiction is the spoken word of Nick Vitellaro titled Sincerely Freedom.

This is exaclty why its called the quietest addition. No one talks about it, and very few people treat it. Ive been to 12 step meetings that I cant stand. I know that SA meetings should help. But I just cant sit in a room full of pedophiles and try and relate to them and their issues. So I keep quiet, and suffer alone. Alcoholics can brag at work about being sober, hell its even ok to brag about being drug free. What do you think my coworkers would say if I bragged about having 2 weeks sobriety from my addiction to pornography?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 01, 2018:

Autumn - I'm so glad this was helpful. Thank you for the feedback. I encourage you and wish you the very best in your journey.

On the song suggestions, I have added them to a playlist about Survival and Perseverance in the Face of Challenge, as they may assist others who are struggling different types of personal battles.

All the best, FlourishAnyway

Autumn on September 30, 2018:

Thank you so, so, so much for this..

Two years off of meth and heroin.. relapsed on pills the day after my one year.. been sober from everything for 2 months. Music saves lives, it really does. Very thoughtful of you to do this playlist.. thank you. We have to stand together.

Another wonderful song is

•The Humbling River - Puscifer

[one of Maynard's, from A Perfect Circle, other bands]

A Perfect Circle just released a new album called "Eat the Elephant" ..

The first song is very helpful for this too..

•Eat The Elephant - A Perfect Circle

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2018:

tineke allison - You have been through so much, and I salute you for being such a survivor. Thank you for sharing your personal story here, as it will give others hope in what is possible.

I hope you'll continue going strong in your daily struggle to stay clean and sober.

tineke allison on September 10, 2018:

A really good one is Changes by Eminem and Ozzy. It tells his story of addiction and recovery in a very real way. His whole album called recovery is amazing. I have 3 months right now, ive been suffering since I was 16 im 34 now. Its a long hard road but its very possible with the right support system. You name it i did it. I was mostly addicted to heroin and any kind of speed i could get my hands on. Im still fighting and will continue this fight for my life. I lost everything and was homeless living in the woods. I've seen things nobody's else should see. Ive seen people who had total disregard for another human being. Im glad ive stayed strong. I saw a comment about someone saying go to a detox center to see someone going through withdrawal, i don't think any respectable place would allow that. Anyway there is light sry the end don't you stop fighting for your life

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 26, 2018:

JennWVMama - Congratulations on 3 months of sobriety. I remain hopeful for you and your family that with support you will flourish without opiates or other drugs. Take each hour, each day at a time. That's all you can do. I've added your song suggestion so that it may help others. Wishing you all the best, FlourishAnyway

JennWVMama on August 25, 2018:

So many of these songs really helped me during my attempts at sobriety. Right now I'm happy to say that I have over 3 months clean mainly from a decade long IV opiate addiction (although there weren't many drugs that I didn't at least do occassionally); I'm really hopeful that this attempt is going to be my last one, but I just take things day by day (some days it's more like hour by hour).

One song that really spoke to me during my early recovery (although some days my emotions were so raw and my cravings so intense that I couldn't handle watching the video with the song) was Against My Better Judgment by MayDay. I think it would be a good addiction to your list. I wish that all suffering addicts and their families find the gift of Recovery.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 08, 2018:

Jake - It's impressive that you know so much about international music. Thank you for stopping by and sharing a bit of your expertise.

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on August 08, 2018:

The Russian musical scene (hardcore, metal and some rap) have an entire Straight Edge sub-genre. Songs about working out outside, fighting drug addicts and keeping to a straight path.


Misha Mavashi (RUS: Миша Маваши) Pomnit Dolzhen (You Must Remember)

You Must Murder Трезв, Горд и Опасен (Proud, Sober and Dangerous)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 04, 2018:

Thathippiechick - I can't thank you enough for that personal account. I know that it will speak directly to someone who needs to hear the message. I wish you all the best in happiness and health, sweet, strong, amazing drug-free lady. Congratulations.

Thathippiechick on August 04, 2018:

I am on day 25 of recovery from heroin and Fentanyl. If right now you are unsure, scared to death, curious, or you yourself are in recovery, using or not, im proud of you for finding this page. Let the songs speak to you. "The A Team" woke me up. It was very hard to detox because I did it on my own in a dark basement all alone. I don't recommend it, go to a detox facility. I used for 1 year. I didnt think i could get clean but i fiught for my life. I don't want to die. Please find it within you to escape that life. I heart you and the feeling now? I can't believe this feeling is "free" because the most expensive drug will never compare to this feeling. It's beautiful. Be blessed

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 24, 2018:

Fran - Thank you for your emotional and inspiring story. I wish you luck, happiness, and good health on your journey.

Fran on July 23, 2018:

So many of these songs bring tears to my eyes. Im now 8 months and 28 days clean from heroin. I just celebrated my 33rd birthday. The first sober birthday ive had since i was 15.

Recovery has been the hardest yet most rewarding journey of my life. Addiction ruined my life, my childrens lives and everyone ive ever loved. It destroyed every meaningfull relationship i ever had. And almost killed me more times than i can count. It took me losing EVERYTHING to finally accept the help i had begged for.

By the grace of God im still here, and Im getting one more chance to live the life I always wanted. I have my children back, my amazing husband and im getting a chance to repair the damage i did to every relationship i have. The gifts from sobriety are overwhelming at times. When i look at my life now compared to this day last year all i can do is cry. I am beyond grateful to have lived one more day clean.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 20, 2018:

Son Ship - Thanks for the comment.

Son Ship on June 20, 2018:

Our new single- "Keep Coming Back" Hope it's a blessing to you guys recovery!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 04, 2018:

Hannah - This was an incredibly powerful piece of life advice. I hope that those who read it learn from your mistakes and take your wisdom to heart. Thank you for sharing your pain and your lessons. Stay clean, sober, healthy and true to yourself.

Hannah on June 04, 2018:

How long did you abuse alcohol/drugs? Yes starting at 17 after my Beyoncé died in a car wreak & I had a miscarriage then I started with pills and worked my way up to drinking and meth

How did you realize you had a problem? When I was sent to jail but most important when I spit in my mothers far my world my rock my everything

What was the impact on your life and the lives of others? I had lost everything so I figured why not do drugs I quit 3 rehab and the only reason I'm sober today is because my mother came off my mind and I was sent to prison for four years luckily I was young enough to judge did not put it on my record

What motivates you during recovery? my family & wanting to be me again but I can't find her she is forever gone due to drug use it's like I'm half the old me & half this new person I'm learning..

Any advice you'd offer others?

Once I quit I quit I never had a relapse. Like get sober & then not be and so on and so forth I'm sober and it's great and now I'm a mother he is 4 and I don't think about drugs are drinking

The best advice I could give would be everyone is going to want to try drugs and no matter what advice I was given I still did what I wanted because I have to just prove I was right and the person telling me no they are bad they will ruin your life was wrong

Listen to those people if you are wanting to use PLEASE listen to me I'm 27 and I've Been sober 9 years and so thankful I'm strong enough and that my son and my move mean enough to me to not use for not only me but them..

My all time best advice would be these two things..

1. Go to a detox center and watch someone suffering from withdrawal systems trust me that will & should be enough to stop you from wanting to try drugs if you can't get to a detox center to see someone in person watch online and take it serious this is your life..


2. The people you call friends anyone you use with are anyone that reminds you of that life of drugs and drinking DROP them forever even if they are sober because you never know how strong they are, are how strong you are and one of you could mess up the others sobriety with old memories trust me your better off with family and new friends and people...

Remember you will lose everything home

Family money

Clothing Anything that is important to you & you will change into someone you don't even know anymore and after if there is an after for you you will have to make amends forever it takes a life time to make up for the wrong doing done by you so please stay strong and away from any & all drinking and drugs

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 04, 2018:

Taylor - You are RIGHT. It needs to be on the list. Added!

Taylor on June 02, 2018:

THRASH UNREAL BY AGAINST ME. ITS A MUST LISTEN TO. “When people see the track marks on her arms she knows what their thinking” “No mother ever dreams that their daughters gonna grow up to be a junkie” REALLY POWERFUL LURICS IT NEEDS TO BE ON THIS LIST

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2018:

Sam - That was a really hard song to find, but I found it on YouTube and liked it. (Others may have a challenge doing so.) Thanks for the suggestion.

Sam on May 23, 2018:

The Space Between by Son Ship- great song about being real about our defects and the fear of rejection that can often come with getting sober. From a great album based on the 12 steps of recovery. Thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2018:

Elena - Thank you for the suggestion. I wasn't aware of the backstory. I'm adding the song. Be healthy. All the best, FlourishAnyway.

Elena on May 18, 2018:

Chandelier by Sia Furler - she lost her boyfriend to an accident and pushed down the grief with Alcohol ... The song talks about her dependency and chaos --- and what a talented singer she is !

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 19, 2018:

Nelson - It's a very appropriate song. I've added both it and a song on a similar theme. Thank you for the suggestion and all the best in staying clean and sober. - FlourishAnyway

Nelson on April 19, 2018:

"I Surrender" by The Adverts. It's not about drinking or using per say, but it reminds me about the feelings of loss, despair, and hopelessness that brought me to the edge before I took that first huge step to admit I needed help.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 28, 2018:

Larisa - Thank you for that suggestion. I've added it at #117. Have a terrific day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 28, 2018:

Laura - Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great day!

Larisa on March 27, 2018:

Life By the Drop - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Laura on March 27, 2018:

Realized that I missed "Sober" by Pink, but it is on the list. So...disregard my last comment. :)

Laura on March 27, 2018:

First time I've been here. Good list. I would recommend Sober by Pink.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 16, 2018:

Tim C - Thank you for sharing your troubled story. I encourage you to act on your desire to seek help. Please reach out to the 1-800 number listed in the article above. I wish you the best on your journey towards being clean and sober. There is more to life than what you've been living.

Tim C on February 16, 2018:

I'm a 35 yr old meth addict of 24 yrs I have ruined the lives of the people I love the most with this addiction lies deceit and sexual perversions .. I want and need help

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 21, 2018:

Berek - Thanks for the song suggestion. I've added it at 115. Have a great week.

Berek on January 20, 2018:

Hey You Got Drugs? - Tove Lo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 16, 2018:

Sam - Thanks for your song suggestion.

Sam on January 15, 2018:

"Korn- helmet in the bush" from their 1993 debut self titled album is about battling meth addiction.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 22, 2017:

Seancbol4w - I've added two songs to this list and the Rachel Platten song to the following list: Kesha's song is on the following list: Thank you for the suggestions! Merry Christmas!

Seancbol4w on December 20, 2017:

Josh Garrells- don’t wait for me

NF- mansions

Rachel platten - good life

Kesha- praying

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Vada - That is one touching, real song. Thank you for the suggestion. It's now #111. Have a great week.

Vada on November 18, 2017:

Otherside- Macklemore

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 12, 2017:

Somedude - What a meaningful song. I will add it as #109. Thank you for your suggestion. I wish you the best.

Somedude on November 11, 2017:

"The man I was" Lucero

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2017:

KLOE - THANKS for your suggestions! I've added a lot of them. Have a super week.

KLOE on October 29, 2017:

Needle of Death - Bert Jansch

Heroin - The Velvet Underground

The Needle and The Damage Dons- Neil Young

Save Me From Myself- Brian “Head” Welch

Relapse - Anna Clendening

Don’t Get Too High- Bryson Tiller

Lost Love and Addiction- Hollohan *one of my favs *

Chris Dolmeth - Hopsin * this too

Old Friend - Hopsin

Control Issues- Eshton Burgundy

You Don’t Get Me High Anymore - 3 days grace

If I drink this beer- Will Chase ( Nashville Cast)

Bottom of a Bottle - Smile Empty Soul

Chemicals- Smile Empty Soul

The Needle Lies- Queensryche

A Junkies Blues- Queensryche

Drugs or Jesus- Tim McGraw

Drugs or Me - Jimmy Eat World

Beauty From Pain - Superchick

Killa - Lecrae

Take me as I am - Lecrae

High- Lecrae

Strung Out- Lecrae

Divine Intervention- Lecrae

Blow Your High- Lecrae


Addiction Kills- Jelly Roll

Better Than Drugs- Skillet

Lead You On - Machine Gun Kelly

Flush- Brian “Head” Welch

The Drugs Don’t Work - The Verve

Needles in your arms - Saga

Accidents can Happen - Sixx Am

The Real You - 3 days grace

Painkiller- 3 days grace

Coma White- Marilyn Manson

Not an Addict- K’s Choice

Farewell to the old me- Dar Williams

Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been- Relient K

Breaking the Habit- Linkin Park

Help-Papa Roach

Clean- Travis Atreo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2017:

RT - Thanks for the suggestions. Have a good day.

RT on October 22, 2017:

God Loves a Drunk by Richard Thompson. Pulls no punches. Also Down Where the Drunkards Roll by Thompson with his wife Linda.