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Addiction Recovery Based on the Power of… Music? Sadly, I’m Not Kidding.

January 2020

In researching a treatment center for someone close to my heart, I happened on a treatment center, recommended by the person’s attorney, that specializes in recovery “based on the power of music”.

Now, I’m going to be very blunt here, because for those of us saddled with alcoholism and drug addiction, this shit is life and death, literally and sadly, this is just a sampling of the BS that’s out there that touts itself as “recovery”.

Friends, again, addiction is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with rationally and with great depth.  While I will absolutely give you, there is a certain jump in mood when I listen to music, I don’t want my sanity, freedom and health to hinge on Recovery by Metallica.

That’s just not good enough.  Imagine something along the same lines, Movie based recovery…  and that should be enough to show a sane person exactly how nuts “music” based recovery would be.  Music is a one-trick pony in terms of recovery and my addiction is a whole lot more pernicious than a one-trick pony.  After reading through as much of the website as I could take (a little less than an hour), other than having a “professional” make a playlist for you, I couldn’t tell what they actually do to help people recover!  Now perhaps they get into greater depth in their in-patient setting, but you’d never know based on what’s on their website.

Fortunately for my friend, he and his wife had someone with enough sobriety to choke a drunk (figuratively, dear) to recommend something… uh… with a bit more of a foundation.

As we in recovery like to say, our disease is sitting in a cage at the back of our mind doing push-ups.  The door isn’t locked.  I fully embrace the fact that there are many ways to recover from addiction and have a productive life.  You have to ask yourself this, though:  Do you want to trust your life, sanity, and recovery to a Taylor Swift tune?

If you answered yes, good luck with that.  I’ll be here when you come back from your next relapse.  Look me up and we can talk about what’s next.


  1. unironedman says:

    That reminds me, there was a UK rock band in the late 80s called The Charlatans. 😉

  2. WVRunnergirl16 says:

    I have to apologize for the mockery that has now become addiction treatment. The narrative that is going on in addiction has me bewildered. I have my thoughts about what is going on but I get in trouble every time I say it out loud. I know for sure we are creating victims with it and victorious people.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I think we needed a good shakeup, though. I think AA was a little complacent with the courts automatically funneling new people to meetings. I don’t necessarily like the slowdown, but with all of this nonsense out there, I think it really helps us more than hurts us, overall. It’ll limit those who come in from everyone and their brother to get out of legal trouble, to those who really want to clean up. The downside to that being we will miss out on helping some folks who just wanted to “get their paper signed” but ended up embracing recovery. I don’t like it, but we have to deal with the hand we were dealt and “they” weren’t going to abide a “spiritual” answer for long.

      • WVRunnergirl16 says:

        I agree. There isn’t an easy answer. I’ve been doing this close to 30 years and I’m becoming frustrated with a lot of things I’m seeing. And I’ve done the advocacy, legislation I’ve worked on answers as well…but I’ve been in the trenches too. And it can be exhausting….hmm..vacation maybe 😆

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yep, the politics of a thing always gets me down. I know your pain.

  3. curlymamaof2 says:

    I would say certain lyrics and songs remind me of the specific time I chose sobriety, but as an actual tool in the recovery tool belt. Nope.

  4. If my sanity rests in the hands of a Taylor Swift tune, I recon I’m screwed… 🤣

  5. kenyata1 says:

    Music can be a tool to help but it should not be the sole option. Most addicts replace one addiction for another. It can be a healthy a addiction but it’s still an addiction. So maybe that is what they are doing. I think someone said “addiction is doing pushups in a cage that’s not locked” so true. You need something that can help you when it comes rushing out.

  6. Eliza says:

    This made me laugh. Maybe not taylor swift, but twenty one pilots may make the cut.
    Love, light and glitter

  7. joliesattic says:

    I’ve never been able to rely on a crutch. They can break… or you can trip on it..

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