132 Songs About Addiction, Dependency, Getting Sober, and Recovery

Updated on September 7, 2018
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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. | Source

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 | Source

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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." | Source

Share your story of addiction and recovery in the Comments Section below.

How long did you abuse alcohol/drugs? How did you realize you had a problem? What was the impact on your life and the lives of others? What motivates you during recovery? Any advice you'd offer others?

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 | Source

Common Signs and Symptoms Of Addiction

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

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,

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. | Source

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.

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 | Source

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. | Source

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. | Source

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 | Source

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. | Source

Even More Songs About Addiction, Dependency, Sobriety & Recovery

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Starting Over
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
2011
22. An Old Friend of Mine
Joe Nichols
2009
23. Don't Leave Home
Dido
2004
24. Animal That I Have Become
Three Days Grace
2006
25. Wise Up
Aimee Mann
2004
26. Man On The Rocks
Mike Oldfield
2014
27. Monkey
George Michael
1988
28. Running To Stand Still
U2
1987
29. The Last Fight
Bullet for My Valentine
2010
30. Medicine
Biffy Clyro
2016
31. Wine Into Water
T. Graham Brown
2004
32. Captain Jack
Billy Joel
1972
33. Powder Blue
Elbow
2001
34. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette
Tex Williams
1947
35. One Day At A Time
Joe Walsh
2012
36. John Doe
B.o.B (featuring Priscilla)
2013
37. Check In
Lecrae
2011
38. What I Can't Put Down
Jon Pardi
2014
39. That Smell
Lynyrd Skynyrd
1977
40. It Don’t Matter
Rehab
2001
41. Demons
Kenny Chesney
2007
42. My Deliverer
Mandisa
2009
43. Habit
Pearl Jam
1996
44. Zombie
We As Human
2013
45. Hot Beer and Cold Women
Randy Houser
2016
46. Whiskey on My Breath
Love and Theft
2015
47. Sober
P!nk
2008
48. Drugs Or Jesus
Tim McGraw
2004
49. You Found Me
The Fray
2009
50. She Talks To Angels
The Black Crowes
1989
51. Oxycontin Blues
Steve Earle
2007
52. Save Me
Shinedown
2005
53. Little Rock
Collin Raye
1994
54. Changed
Rascal Flatts
2012
55. Recovery
James Arthur
2013
56. Song To Say Goodbye
Placebo
2006
57. Moonshiner
Uncle Tupelo
1992
58. Devil In a Bottle
Lynyrd Skynyrd
1994
59. Gin Bottle Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins
1954
60. Waiting Around to Die
Townes Van Zandt
1969
61. The Needle and the Damage Done
Neil Young
1979
62. Sam Stone
John Prine
1971
63. Say It Ain't So
Weezer
1994
64. The Moonshiner
Uncle Tupelo
1992
65. Bleeding Me
Metallica
1997
66. Girl with Golden Eyes
Sixx A.M.
2007
67. How Could You Leave Us?
NF
2016
68. Clean
Clean
1989
69. Rusty Cage
Soundgarden
1991
70. Drug Dealer
Mackelmore (featuring Ariana DeBoo)
2016
71. Lithium
Nirvana
1991
72. Down a Hole
Alice in Chains
1992
73. Something to Remind You
Staind
2011
74. Hate Me
Blue October
2006
75. It Ain't Me
Kygo and Selena Gomez
2017
76. Drinkin' Problem
Midland
2016
77. Wasted
Carrie Underwood
2007
78. That's Why I'm Here
Kenny Chesney
1998
79. Heavy
Linkin Park
2017
80. Hurt
Johnny Cash
2002
81. Long Year
Todd Snider
2000
82. S.O.B.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
2015
83. Stone Cold Sober
Brantley Gilbert
2015
84. Some People Change
Montgomery Gentry
2006
85. Flowers
Chris Young
2006
86. Cheap Whiskey
Martina McBride
1992
87. Nothing to Die For
Tim McGraw
2007
88. You're Not My God
Keith Urban
2002
89. You Don't Know Jack
Luke Bryan
2011
90. Drug Addiction
Colicchie
2017
91. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
Richard and Linda Thompson
1976
92. Needle of Death
Bert Jansch
1965
93. Save Me From Myself
Brian “Head” Welch
2008
94. Relapse
Anna Clendening
2016
95. Lost Love and Addiction
Hollohan
2012
96. Chris Dolmeth
Hopsin
2009
97. You Don't Get Me High Anymore
Three Days Grace
2016
98. If I Drink This Beer
Nashville Cast (featuring Chris Carmack & Will Chase)
2015
99. Bottom of a Bottle
Smile Empty Soul
2003
100. The Needle Lies
Queensryche
2004
101. Drugs or Me
Jimmy Eat World
2004
102. The Drugs Don’t Work
The Verve
1997
103. Accidents Can Happen
Sixx:A.M.
2007
104. The Real You
Three Days Grace
2015
105. Painkiller
Three Days Grace
2015
106. Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been
Relient K
2004
107. Breaking the Habit
Linkin Park
2007
108. HELP
Papa Roach
2017
109. The Man I Was
Lucero
2015
110. Sober Saturday Night
Chris Young (featuring Vince Gill)
2016
111. Otherside
Macklemore (featuring Fences)
2010
112. Mansions
NF
2015
113. Don't Wait for Me
Josh Garrels
2014
114. Another Empty Bottle
Katy McAllister
2012
115. Hey, You Got Drugs?
Tove Lo
2017
116. Old Friend
Hopsin
2013
117. Life by the Drop
Stevie Ray Vaughn
1991
118. I Surrender
Hillsong
1993
119. I Surrender
The Adverts
1979
120. Habits (Stay High)
Tove Lo
2014
121. Chandelier
Sia
2016
122. Against Me
Thrash Unreal
2007
123. Kevin
Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Leon Bridges)
2016
124. Wine Colored Roses
George Jones
1986
125. Water in His Wine Glass
Maddie & Tae
2016
126. God of Wine
Third Eye Blind
1997
127. Heaven Was a Drink of Wine
Merle Haggard
1979
128. Deal with the Devil
Pop Evil
2013
129. Sober
Demi Lovato
2018
130. Runaway
Ed Sheeran
2014
131. Against My Better Judgment
¡Mayday!
2015
132. Bloodstream
The Chainsmokers
2017
Got a suggestion for our Addiction & Recovery Playlist? Leave us a comment below in the Comment Section!
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. | Source

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      8 days ago from USA

      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.

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      tineke allison 

      8 days ago

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      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

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      JennWVMama 

      3 weeks ago

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Jake Clawson 

      6 weeks ago from Kazakhstan

      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.

      Examples

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

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      Thathippiechick 

      6 weeks ago

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Fran 

      8 weeks ago

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Son Ship - Thanks for the comment.

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      Son Ship 

      3 months ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Hannah 

      3 months ago

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

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

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      Taylor 

      3 months ago

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Sam 

      3 months ago

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

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

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      Elena 

      4 months ago

      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 !

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      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

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      Nelson 

      5 months ago

      "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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

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

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      Larisa 

      5 months ago

      Life By the Drop - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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      Laura 

      5 months ago

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

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      Laura 

      5 months ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Tim C 

      7 months ago

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

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

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      Berek 

      8 months ago

      Hey You Got Drugs? - Tove Lo

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Sam - Thanks for your song suggestion.

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      Sam 

      8 months ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Seancbol4w - I've added two songs to this list and the Rachel Platten song to the following list: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Feel-Great-Playlist-... Kesha's song is on the following list: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Domestic... Thank you for the suggestions! Merry Christmas!

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      Seancbol4w 

      9 months ago

      Josh Garrells- don’t wait for me

      NF- mansions

      Rachel platten - good life

      Kesha- praying

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

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

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      Vada 

      10 months ago

      Otherside- Macklemore

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

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

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      Somedude 

      10 months ago

      "The man I was" Lucero

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

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

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      KLOE 

      10 months ago

      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

      Overdose-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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

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

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      RT 

      11 months ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      PittsburghNow - Thank you for recommending the Colicche song, "Drug Addiction." I have added it at #90. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Cadenjc02 - What a powerful song! It've added it. Thanks so much.

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      Cadenjc02 

      11 months ago

      You don’t know Jack - Luke Bryan

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Jay Horsley - Thank you for your list of suggestions. I have added many of them to this playlist as well as related playlists. Have a great weekend.

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      jay Horsley 

      12 months ago

      how not to Dan+Shay

      Fire away-Chris Stapleton

      Stone cold sober - Brantley Gilbert

      Life after you - Daughtry

      Some people change - Montgomery Gentry

      Flowers - Chris Young

      Wine into water - T. Graham Brown

      Cheap whiskey - martina McBride

      The man I want to be - Chris Young

      Nothin' to die for - Tim Mcgraw

      You're not my God - Keith Urban

      It's a great day to be alive - Travis Tritt

      Hope this helps to extend your playlist

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Chuck - Thank you for these great suggestions!

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      Chuck 

      12 months ago

      9/12/17: Here are four powerful additions to your song list.

      1. Hurt, by Johnny Cash

      2. Long Year, by Todd Snider

      3. S.O.B., by Nathaniel Rateliff

      4. Roy, by John Prine

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Kayla O'Hara - I echo your thoughts on Chester Bennington and his struggle. May he find everlasting peace now. I have added that brilliant suggestion of a song.

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      Kayla O'Hara 

      12 months ago

      Heavy-Linkin Park.

      R.I.P.-Chester Bennington, who struggled with depression and addiction openly for most of his life.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Shannon - Great additions! I'm adding Wasted and That's Why I'm Here. Little Rock is at #53; love that song. Thank you for your encouragement for my cousin. She's gone through periods of homelessness now and is exceedingly unwell. Hitting bottom is rough, and she has some well meaning enablers who have finally disappeared from her life. I appreciate the comments about the structure/format of the hub. HP tried to help me out at first through the editing process but I felt it got messed up and I reverted to what worked for me.

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      Shannon Henry 

      13 months ago from Texas

      First, I hope your cousin recovers. My heart goes out to your family. Secondly, I like the layout of your song lost hubs.

      Did I miss these songs on the list?

      Carrie Underwood - Wasted

      Kenny Chesney - That's Why I'm Here

      Collin Raye - Little Rock

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Ag - Isn't that a song about a serial killer? Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Ag 

      13 months ago

      Ozzy, No More Tears

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Laura McCoy - Special thanks to you! I have added your suggestions. They are much appreciated.

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      Laura McCoy 

      13 months ago

      Macklemore drug dealer, nirvana lithium, alice in chains down in a hole, Staind something to remind you, blue October hate me.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      arx - Thank you. I'm adding it.

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      arx 

      14 months ago

      clean-taylor swift

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      Nivea Lawhorn - Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it at #67. It's a sad, powerful song.

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      Nivea Lawhorn 

      14 months ago

      Look up NF "How Could you leave us"? Surprised that it's not on here!!! Powerful song

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Lori - Just post the name of the song here. Even if I don't put in in the list, people read the comments so describe the song, its title and where people can find it. Hope that helps.

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      Lori Teaney 

      15 months ago

      Hey how can I get involved with this and share a recovery song that my friend and I did?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Sam - Thanks for the heads up. I wish you peace and wellness.

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      Sam 

      15 months ago

      Son Ship is a good new band who is working on 12 songs based on the 12 steps. Might want to check them out.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Aidan - That is a very raw and tragic song that really lays it all out there. I wish he had a different ending to ger rid of "her" instead of overdosing. Gosh. Sending you all the best.

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      Aidan 

      15 months ago

      Machine Gun Kelly - Lead you on

      A really honest and raw song about using and addiction.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      Anthony - Thank you for the suggestion. I am adding this at #66. Have a great week. I appreciate your reading.

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      Anthony 

      17 months ago

      Girl with the golden eyes by six am is a great song for recovery

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      Mark - Thank you for your candor about your addiction. Please seek professional help since this is interfering so much with your life. A healthier life awaits. I will add Bleeding Me.

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      Mark 

      17 months ago

      It's a really nice list. Haven't gone all through it yet, but some songs already touched me. Currently struggling with a porn addiction, losing complete days to it, not able to sleep when I haven't done it in 2 days an waking up with nightmares when do fall asleep.

      1 song that I did not see on the list, but I feel a big connection with is Bleeding Me by Metallica. But with or without that song, it's already a great list, thank you for that.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      Jesse - Thank you for your many suggestions! I wanted to add your comment then review them and add whatever songs are appropriate. I appreciate you!

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      Jesse Cosgrove 

      18 months ago

      cool list. Dave Bixby made an album called "Ode to Quetzelcoatl" thats about him finding christ and beating addiction. I'm not religious but I think it's incredible. some other fav songs i'd add: townes van zandt - waiting around to die, dave van ronk - cocaine, neil young - needle and the damage done, john prine - sam stone, weezer - say it ain't so, elliott smith - needle in the hay, velvet under ground - heroin, and irish ballads like "moonshiner" and "whiskey youre the devil"

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      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      Neil - Thanks for the addion of #59. May you be happy and healthy.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      19 months ago from USA

      Nobody special - First, I hope you realize that you ARE somebody special. Second, thank you for sharing your story so that others can benefit. Keep your focus on your health, how far you've come and where you want to go with your life. I'm rooting for you, special person.

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      Nobody special.... 

      19 months ago

      A year and 4 months ago I was in a really bad spot. I was being sold and somewhat selling myself just to get to the one thing that seemed to make me whole and complete. I was snorting 3-5 lines a day and doing whatever else I could get my hands on. I had lost my self and almost killed a part of me that was the best part of my being. I realized after I got clean with some help ( whether I wanted it at the time or not) that, the part 0f me I thought I had lost was in fact lost. That person/ part of me will never be the same. And that is a good thing. I have recreated and reinvented myself to the way I wanted to be. Not what others thought I should be. I had to change the little things first then go from there. After about 6 months I realized that the person that did drugs and partied was not the real me, it was all just fake, an illusion. My mom and dad where there for me and got me out from that town and I moved in with them. The thing I have found funny is it all starts with a decision.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      Sm - Thank you for the recommendation!

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      Sm 

      20 months ago

      Aranda, don't wake me

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      Suzanne - Congratulations on 6 months of being clean. One day at a time ... . I'm rooting for you!

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      Suzanne 

      20 months ago

      I have 6 months free of iv meth... Feels good to breath again...

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      Just some a**hole: Thanks for sharing your feelings and perspective. The hopeful and loving part of me wants to encourage you to stay strong, reach out to those who can truly help you, and realize that you're not the bad person you think you are. People can engage in terrible acts but there's hope for us all. Know that there are millions of others who share your struggle and are successfully dealing with addiction. My best regards to you. Stay strong.

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      Just some asshole 

      20 months ago

      Other: barreling desperately towards addiction and trying as hard as I can to stop. Its hard to fight yourself because the shitty part of you knows exactly how best to spite the decent part of you, and in a fair fight the shitty part will always win.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      Dale - Congratulations on your seven months of sobriety. Stay strong. Reach out to those who can help you and stay away from those who are unsupportive of your attempts. You can do this, buddy. Seek the support that you need for yourself, your future, and your family. Good luck.

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      Dale 

      20 months ago

      I have two young boys 1 year old and one 2 years old I had a rough spot and not addicted to dope. I was snorting it for a year and half. Lost all my family. The person who helped with it was my biological dad. He supported it, by buying it for me. I had surgery earlier this year.. that's what helped me get sober. My appendix was wrapped sherry and if it wasn't for my friend I would have been dead and when my mom got to the hospital I seen in her eyes she was worried she and she left me and I thought about my two boys and that was the last night I smoked dope. Now I'm going through hard time been sober from dope for 6 months.... Almost 7 January 4th will seven months sober. Now I have a another battle staying sober and it's hard.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      21 months ago from USA

      Just Joe - What an awesome addition. Some of the best songs are contributions from readers. I have added yours. Thank you! I wish you peace, wellness, and happiness,

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      Just Joe 

      21 months ago

      Lynard Skynard's "Devil in a bottle" from the Endagered Species album was written by Ronnie VZ and Allen Collins, who battled alcoholism and eventually ended up wrecking his car, which left him paralyzed and killed his girlfriend... Powerful message about alcohol addiction

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      FlourishAnyway 

      21 months ago from USA

      rainbowsheep - Thank you for sharing your story so others know that they are not alone. I wish you health and success in all aspects of your journey forward.

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      rainbowsheep 

      21 months ago

      I started smoking pot at 14 but tried it few time before that. I became a chronic smoker and I finally quit for a good job. I replaced it with alcohol and lost that job 5 months later. I thought i was at rockbottom already so i quit willingly to go to rehab but there was no where to go. Only a christian rehab and i only stayed for 2 days, i hated it. I dont think i spiraled down i just went straight down. In 2yrs I had nothing i was blackout drunk everyday. I only had a home because my mom refused to give up on me. I landed 2 yrs of probation and it saved me. I began recovery. I made it. Ive had up and downs. Its tough going to AA is a must and its my savior. Im grateful that i can now help others get through that hell.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      22 months ago from USA

      Peter - Thank you for both your compliment and your terrific suggestion. I've added it as #57. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Peter 

      22 months ago

      Great list, some unknown ones too. I love the song Moonshiner, and the Uncle Tupelo version has just a very gripping delivery, it's a song about loneliness and drinking.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Sha - Congratulations on being clean for so many years. Your story should encourage others to keep trying to help addicts and alcoholics. Change is possible. Have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I was addicted to cocaine in the '80s. Of course, I didn't realize I was addicted and completely denied the fact. One night a friend told me she'd go with me to NA if I'd agree. I went to one meeting and decided it wasn't for me. Years later, I finally fessed up to the fact that I had a major problem. I overcame my addiction by moving from the area to a place where I didn't know anyone. That move was from South Florida to Central Florida, where I ended up creating a family and making a life for my son. That was in 1987 and I've been clean ever since.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - I sure hope your loved ones find healing. Based on the lessons of others I am a teetotaler and have never touched drugs, a total nerd. I feel sad for those whose lives have been turned upside down by substance abuse.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Powerful playlist here, Flourish.

      This list hits home with me for I do have loved ones with addiction problems, and it is so devastating for the entire family, but such a great celebration for sobriety!

      Peace

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Audrey - Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this! Have a great week!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      This made me stop and think a bit--what a great list!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Linda - I have a large extended family and am related to all kinds of folks. Some have better lives than others. I hope she gets clean before the lifestyle catches up to her. Thank you for reading.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The opening section of this article is dramatic, Flourish, especially since it's about someone that you know. As usual, I love the fact that you include helpful information in the article as well as an interesting selection of music.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Sorry, I meant to say most HM/HR songs will not make it to the list.

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