Inspiration Through Music


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By Holly Romine;

One of the misconceptions artistic addicts and alcoholics have for not giving up their substance of choice is that by abusing alcohol or drugs it makes them more creative. This idea has been perpetuated by an association between drug experimentation, imagination and musical ability. There is an unreasonable fear that when the drugs and alcohol are taken away, the artist will become a boring, uninspired version of themselves.

These wild ideas generated from glimpses of fuzzy- brained withdrawal symptoms experienced whenever an addict or alcoholic managed some time sober just excuse the vicious cycle. While the cloudy thinking that characterizes rehab can hinder creativity for a time, long-term recovery will actually increase artistic ability. The tendency to pick up a guitar or sit down to write may be daunting at first, but like everything valuable, it’s worth a few awkward first steps.

In recovery mental clarity and cognitive ability will improve, and so the ability to effectively express through art will return with energy, strength and most certainly improved skill. The therapeutic nature of music itself is healing and can become a valuable coping mechanism and source of meditation

Another gift of sobriety is discovering the ability to transmit inspiration through music. Typically when using and drinking, our musical expression was a reflection of a self-centered universe. Sobriety promotes engaging with life in ways we wouldn’t normally; venturing outside our comfort zone, confronting who we truly are and finding possibilities we never thought possible before.

The experience of music in recovery can elicit both conscious and unconscious emotions. Through the verbal processing of the musical experience, clients can now identify and put into words emotions they were previously unaware of or unable to express. Music and creativity in recovery can break through walls that restrict their capacity for recovery.

Nearly Lost Recovery Rock Songs

By Holly Romine;

Post Sponsored By The Recovery Village

Post Sponsored By The Recovery Village

Getting treatment for addiction brings out some interesting music, which can be met with something less than approval by the general population.

The little known facts about these three songs tell how they were almost rejected from the beginning, despite being valued testimonials of recovery.


1. I Came to Believe:    Johnny Cash

While the song isn’t a legend unto itself, the artist certainly is. Out Among the Stars was recorded in 1981 and 1984 and released 11 years after his death. Some believe Cash considered the album a failure. Came to Believe was written while Cash was in rehab in 1983 and deals with his powerlessness and the role a higher power played in his finding some time sober. (more…)

Therapeutic Corner – Detoxification Clinics

Therapeutic Corner

Coppola’s CornerA very important step in recovery that is often overlooked by people (sometimes even the individual addicted to drugs and/or alcohol) is detox. This is the first step and the most important because if it’s not done, or not done properly, the continued steps toward recovery will never happen.

Unfortunately many people (even people in recovery) don’t understand the importance of detoxing comfortably in a safe environment. Some people will say that the addict/alcoholic should go “cold turkey” and “tough it out”. Though the idea of the addict/alcoholic suffering may sound good to some people, especially those who’ve been hurt by the individual’s addiction, and it would even be logical to assume that the more “pain” a person suffers through their detox the less likely they will be to use again, it is unwise and often medically risky to go “cold turkey” or “tough it out”. (more…)

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