The Power of Music in Recovery #RecoveryMusic

I received compensation from Recovery Unplugged for this sponsored post, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Drug addiction and Alcoholism. Chances are that you have personally known someone that has been affected by one or the other. I have a close family member who has struggled on and off with heroin addiction for years. That someone is my brother and I am happy to say that he have been clean for four years now, but there were a lot of ups and downs along the way.

The thing is, when someone close to you is an addict, it affects everyone around them – and one thing I learned, the hard way, is that if an addict doesn’t want help then rehab will not work. Sure, it might work for a while, but if they are not ready to tackle their addiction, there is a chance that they will slip back into their old habits. I am speaking from experience here. My brother was in and out of rehab facilities several times before he decided that he finally wanted to get clean and stay clean. And that’s when rehab finally worked for him.


But when they are ready, the first step to recovery is going to a drug treatment center. Did you know that using music can be a catalyst to break down defenses to help facilitate, motivate and inspire the change necessary for long-term recovery and sobriety? Recovery Unplugged can be an amazing experience for addicts who are afraid to go into rehab! And for the families affected, how awesome would it be to see our loved ones replace the drugs or alcohol with music?

Think about it. Does music affect you, too? I know that when I am having a bad day, I always turn to music to brighten up my day. I crank up the tunes and after a while, I am in a better place.

I spoke with my brother about the power of music for him during his recovery process. Here’s what he had to say:

“Music did help a little in my recovery. For me, while I was getting clean, my mind was always racing and I definitely still had the obsession to use. I found that rock/alternative music from the 90’s and the early early 2000’s soothed my racing thoughts and made me feel better. It took me away from those awful thoughts of feeding my addiction. I found that rap and hip-hop music just made me wanna use drugs more, so that’s why I stuck with rock and alternative music. One of my all time favorite bands is Pearl Jam their album “Ten”is my favorite album of theirs and their song “Alive” soothed my mind and soul. Also, the song ” Alive” by the band P.O.D. Soothed me, too. “

Like I said, he’s been sober for over four years now and our family is very proud of him.

Here I am with my sister & brother last summer.

Here I am with my sister & brother last summer.

Recovery Unplugged is a Fort Lauderdale treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction. It’s a rehabilitation center for addicts truly want to get sober. Along with music groups and live performances, clients at Recovery Unplugged have a chance to explore a creative side of themselves through music, writing lyrics, and even recording their songs in their own studio. Even if they client has no prior musical experience. This allows Recovery Unplugged to interact with their clients on a more individual level.

They offer services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! There are several treatment service options available, including both inpatient and outpatient treatment plans so everyone can get the help they need.

If you know someone who is battling addiction, please help them get the help they need.

About Taylor Nikaci


  1. Janine Huldie

    This totally makes sense to me as music truly does have healing powers and definitely will have to keep this in mind if I do know someone in need in the future. So thank you for sharing.

  2. tanjtrubiano

    Totally agree with this. I love music and I listen to music when I feel happy, sad, and everything in between. Will share this information to someone who needs healing. Thank you!

  3. Crystal

    The great thing about music is there’s a song for every mood!

  4. Bri

    Music is very powerful. I am glad that this is helping people get & maintain the help that they need.

  5. Liz Mays

    It really does have power. I forget that sometimes, but then I realize how much emotion it garners when in movies, etc.

  6. Christy Maurer

    My son is a huge music lover. He plays guitar by ear and is amazing….I pray that this keeps him from ever trying drugs and alcohol. Before i met my husband he was an alcoholic and drug addict. It really runs in his family, so I hope that the creativity keeps him sober! I’m so glad your brother found music helped soothe him.

  7. Amy G

    What a great idea. Music is such a powerful thing. Thanks for sharing this post.

  8. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    This is an amazing way to help addicts get their life back. I have music going when I’m awake as I’ve found it helps with the stress of my chronic back pain so I can see how it would help in other situations.

  9. Crystal

    My mother-in-law is struggling with back pain also. She was scheduled for surgery today, but it was cancelled. I should recommend music to help while she waits.

  10. Liz Mays

    Music can really be motivating for people. So happy to hear that your brother pulled through his tough times.

  11. loisaltermark

    Me, too, Robin. This sounds like a really great program.

  12. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom)

    What a great program. I’m sure music is very soothing for recovery!

  13. Krysten

    I’ve always believed there are more natural ways to heal yourself and I can definitely see why music would help. Such an interesting concept.

  14. Letty (@BellaVidaLetty)

    Absolutely agree that music and art have healing qualities. Whenever I’m in a bad mood I play some of my favorite music and feel better instantly.

  15. yumeating

    This happens to me everytime. My own problem is that when I am working on my fiction writing or a lot of my freelance writing I can’t listen or I’ll start typing what I am hearing LOL So I listen to wordless instead.

  16. @SensiblySara

    Using music to recover really does make sense! You can get your feelings out if you write your own lyrics or you can connect with pre-written stuff. I’m glad your brother has been clean for 4 years! Here’s to many many more!

  17. coolchillmom

    oh wow, this is in my backyard!!! I love the idea and will definitively spread the word

  18. Jenna Em

    There is help available for those who need it; the first step is admitting there is a problem, then getting the help that is needed.

  19. Heather

    I agree with you, I really love listening music too, it makes me feel relax and sleepy.

  20. Jeannette

    I think music has lots of powers. I know that it can sooth me, get me charged up and even make me happy so it totally makes sense that it would play a role in recovery.

  21. Amanda McMahon

    What a heartfelt and truthful story of something we all need to consider… it does affect us all in some way.

  22. alexisakamom0616

    Congrats to your Brother! Music is so powerful! I wish more schools knew this and what it could do to help!

  23. My Journey With Candida

    I am a true believer in this!! Anything that calms and relaxes us is going to work wonders in any health issue in our lives.

  24. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    I’m a music lover, so I think this is wonderful! So glad your brother is doing well!

  25. Michelle

    You are so right that an addict has to be ready to change to make it through that hard road of recovery. I love the idea of using music. I use it a lot to help me meditate and stay clam through stressful times.

  26. Jeanette Mays

    My older sister is in a treatment facility right now for alcohol. Congrats to your brother for staying clean 4 years now!

  27. Alissa Apel

    Music is great for recovery. It helps to with all kinds of other things. I saw a YouTube video where a guy could not talk. Once music played, he could talk and sing. It was amazing!

  28. Britney Thompson Mills

    Music can be very powerful! This is pretty interesting!

  29. Jamie

    I have never really thought about music in recovery, but I do think it would be a big help! So glad your brother is doing well!!

  30. Michele

    Yes, I have known people over the years who were addicted to one thing or another. And you re correct–until they want to really beat that addiction it won’t happen. I never heard of using music but can understand how it can help!

  31. Crystal

    Music as part of therapy is something that I find really interesting. My friends are teachers that use it for students on the spectrum. I hadn’t considered its benefits in overcoming addiction also.

  32. mrenkema79

    The benefits of music are amazing!! Reaching into every part of our lives! What a great program!

  33. Debbie Denny

    Congrats to your brother. My daughter has been clean 5 years.. I think music does help.

  34. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Sounds like an amazing program. Music is always good therapy!

  35. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    Oh this does sound like it can help. Sadly, I’ve known TOO many people with addictions. Some passed and the others became recovered in jail.

  36. Nikki

    Unfortunately, I know too many people who struggle with both drug and alcohol addiction (different people, different addictions, same pain for the people in their lives). People who are way too close to me. It’s very hard to watch and to live with. I’m so glad your brother overcame it. I agree that music can help a great deal.

  37. CanadianMomEh

    I always knew that music was very therapeutic but did not realize it could help people overcome addictions.

  38. toughcookiemommy

    Music has so many therapeutic qualities and stimulates the mind in such a positive way. I love the idea of using it to overcome addiction.

  39. Victoria

    I love listening to music when I’m down or even when I’m cooking to keep my mind of things.

  40. Esther of Local Adventurer

    i agree that music can be great for recovery. it has the power to take you to dark places too though. it’s kind of crazy how much emotion or nostalgia is connected to music. i’m so glad that your brother has been clean for four years. that’s a really big deal.

  41. Mistee Dawn

    I absolutely believe that music can help people with recovery and so many things! Music can heal!

  42. Julie

    I love all the things music can help with! My husband uses music to help with his migraines.

  43. Sojourner Williams

    What a cool concept. Music is so healing.

  44. Michele Bergh

    Music can be very therapeutic. I can see this concept working well.

  45. Debra

    Music is incredibly powerful! This is so cool!

  46. Katherine

    Music has always been very soothing to me as well

  47. Theresa

    Congrats to your brother on his continued sobriety! I have 3 siblings who are all addicted to very hard core drugs. I’d be over the moon happy if music helped get them clean.

  48. Franc Ramon

    Music can be a lot of things from something to entertain you and something to keep you occupied. It’s nice that it also helps you in recovering from addiction.

  49. Tiffany ~ Travel Blogger

    Music can do wonders. I use it for depression and anxiety… and just because I enjoy playing and listening to it!

  50. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Music has magical powers for so many things.

  51. Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)

    Music can have such a powerful effect on our emotions. So I am not surprised that it can help with recovery programs.

  52. Jennifer Williams

    So very glad that he has beat his addiction – you are right if they do not want help you can not force it on them. Music is so very powerful and can help with so many things, I love that he was able to find a way to have music help him overcome his addiction.

  53. tiarasandtantrums

    addiction is terrible and takes a huge toll on families. My brother struggles with alcohol and it takes a terrible toll on me and my other brohter. We try so hard to help him out.

  54. tammileetips

    I have known people who have struggled with addiction. It is a hard battle to fit and treatment centers are a great tool!

  55. Vidya Sudarsan (@IDP_Vidya)

    Great program! Music is therapeutic and so glad something like this done to help people recover from addiction.

  56. Myrabev

    I agree with you when I am down in the dumps I turn music on and it changes my mood and my outlook, its nice to know that this can be effective for addicts too and well done to your brother keep it up.

  57. Elizabeth O.

    I’ve read somewhere that music can heal. It is very therapeutic. It’s good to hear that your brother has recovered.

  58. Ronni

    As part of my psych degree, we did quit a bit on the effects music has on the mind/body connection. It makes complete sense to me how this could be helpful for addicts.

  59. Agata @ BarkTime (@AgataPokutycka)

    Sounds like a really great and extremely needed program.

  60. kristimaloney

    These programs are so vital for getting people clean and sober. Congratulations to your brother on his sobriety. That’s wonderful!!

  61. Alli

    Congrats to your brother for getting the help he needed and for being sober for 4 years! I think it’s awesome that rehab centers are offering music as part of the recovery process.

  62. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Music is a very powerful thing and I totally believe that they can help people recover from injuries, diseases, addictions, etc. Well done to your brother for finding help and staying sober.

  63. lisa @bitesforbabies

    I definitel think that music has a huge effect on how we feel, both physically and mentally. This program sounds wonderful!

  64. Rebecca Swenor

    Congrats to your brother indeed on his recovery. This sounds like an amazing and I love the thought that music can help with recovery. I love Pearl Jam myself. Thanks for sharing.

  65. Brook Devis

    oh what a nice post. Music is food of our soul. i am so happy that your brother is well now Music is really helpfull ith recovery of many deases!

  66. AJ @ NutriFitMama

    This sounds like a great place for those who are struggling with addiction. Music really can make a difference in all aspects of our lives it seems!

  67. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    I believe helps the therapy as well.It plays a big role. I love music and loves to sing. I even listening to music while I am commenting..

  68. Kelli Avery

    First congrats to your brother! My mom and step dad both have 20+yrs. They met in recovery. I have seen so many sides of addiction in my life and I can not agree more with this post! Music is definitely a door to ones soul and can be a great tool in recovery and life in general!

  69. lisa

    Music is really such a powerful tool. There is just something healing in the different beats and tunes. Congrats to your brother for his 4 years sober!

  70. ascendingbutterfly

    Music is very powerful, and like your brother mentions for some it can be a trigger unfortunately. Scent and Music have a way of triggering a memory response almost instantly. I think it’s great that treatment center is utilizing music in the recovery process!Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  71. becca112971

    Music is awesome when recovery. When I was in my coma my nurse would put on the radio or music station on TV. It was nice.

  72. Dawn

    This really makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Music is a very powerful medium.

  73. beckysbestbites

    You must be very proud of your brother for getting clean and staying sober for 4 years!! A true testiment to the healing powers of music!!

  74. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    This makes total sense to me. Music is a powerful thing. It can lift us up when we’re as far down as we can get.

  75. Catherine S

    This sounds like such a great idea. Kudos to your brother for being 4 years sober.

  76. Alice

    I totally believe in the power of music on a person. It can help calm and bring peace.

  77. Denise Comeau (@GameOnMom)

    Music really is powerful, so this totally makes sense. Music has gotten me through many bad days.

  78. Melissa Pezza

    This is a wonderful idea! Music is something that touches us all on a deep level. It make complete sense that it could help people recover.

  79. Tara

    I am so glad to hear the power of music is helping people in so many ways! Thank goodness for this wonderful program!

  80. Jeanine

    Wow! Congrats to your brother. That is amazing. I’m so happy to hear he’s sober. I have someone very close to me who struggles with alcohol and it’s tough. Music is a very, very powerful thing. It helped me through a few deaths as well.

  81. DogVills (@DogVills)

    Congrats to your bother. Music was a great help for me when my dad died. It helped me with the grieving process

  82. ishouldbemoppingthefloor

    Congratulations to your brother! Music therapy is a very effective form of treatment for many different things! I am glad that this program has proven to be effective for those seeking help!

  83. LisaLadrido (@LisaLadrido)

    I am so glad to hear about your brother. Music always helps me. That song Happy by Pharrell Williams always keeps me jumping! The treatment center sounds like a great place. Thanks for sharing.

  84. redheadbabymama

    I love this concept! Music is so healing in any capacity!

  85. Debra Fazio-Rutt

    Music totally affects my mood. I like listening to happy and upbeat songs to help me get moving. I like to listen to sad songs when I’m sad – it makes me realize things aren’t always as bad as they seem.

  86. tamaralikecamera

    Music has more healing power for me than anything else. I’m happy things are going well for your brother. I do have a loved one who is not seeking or getting help and it scares me.

  87. milenabarrett

    My friend is a music therapist. I hear it works wonders. Congrats to your brother for sticking with it and staying clean!

  88. Pam

    Congratulations to your brother for four years sober. That’s impressive!

  89. Laura (Lauras Little House Tips)

    Congratulations to your brother. Mine is still struggling with his demons. Your very right abut music and treatment centers. They both make a world of difference. I don’t know if its because people can relate so well to songs but put the two together and you have a recipe for success. Thanks for Sharing.

  90. Yona Williams

    Music is such a powerful source of therapy all around the board – that’s why I like to listen to it when I feel the need to calm down and relax.

  91. Amy Desrosiers

    My brother is currently in jail from a heroin addiction. I won’t be able to see him for three years now because of this. He seems normal again and I hope he can beat it.

  92. rane25

    One great thing about Music is that when it hits you ; you feel no pain. Music has helped me numerous times out of a bad situation

  93. loisaltermark

    I’m a big believer in the power of music. Congrats to your brother for his sobriety. That’s a huge accomplishment.

  94. Allie D.

    Congrats to your brother for staying clean and sober for 4 years. It can’t be easy, and am sure is always a struggle. I know one who is struggling with addiction, and music definitely helps.

  95. upliftingfam

    That is wonderful that your brother has been clean for 4 years. I know that I love listening to music especially if I’m in pain. I use it as a distraction.

  96. Marcie W.

    Recovering from addiction can be an extremely tough battle so kudos to your brother. I can totally see how music can aid in healing and be therapeutic.

  97. clumpsofmascara

    This is what I love about music – it really has a way of restoring, healing and helping people through all kinds of situations. Your brother is such an inspiration!

  98. courtneylynne

    I honestly think music can help with anything in life so it doesn’t surprise me at all that it can help with addiction! This sounds like a great place for those who need help :):)

  99. shaunatorres

    I am totally on board. Music totally makes or breaks me. There are times I hear a heart-wrenching song that makes me feel so utterly sad, then I hear an upbeat song and BAM, I am better

  100. Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers

    It’s nice to know that music can help people in so many different ways. This is such a lovely post.

  101. Wendy Kaufman

    Music is used for so many things, it is interesting to learn a new way music is being used to make life better.

  102. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I haven’t known anyone who battled addiction, but even as a kid, when I was feeling overwhelmed, music was always a huge help for me.

  103. Jenny

    My aunt just celebrated her fourth recovery birthday. It is a hard process to go thru and a daily struggle.

  104. Dawn McAlexander

    She should be congratulated for that! I know it isn’t easy, but she’s doing good so far!

  105. Carolyn

    Music has totally helped me through some tough times in my life, so I have no doubt it could be helpful in the fight against addiction!

  106. Dawn

    I’m so glad your brother was able to recover. I love how people are creating more and more ways to help people in need of rehabilitation.

  107. Briton

    Congratulations to your brother! I use music to help my kids calm down on the weekend, it’s amazing how it can have such a deep effect!

  108. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    When I listen to music, it has the power to affect me easily. It’s nice to know it has so much positive power.

  109. Marie

    That’s so true, you can never help anyone unless they want to help themselves! Congratulations to you’re brother for making it, I’m sure you’re all proud of him. And yes, music is very powerful. It’s amazing how music can touch our lives in many ways.

  110. tweenselmom

    This is really nice, rehabilitation through music. I like the idea of it.

  111. Shanéy Vijendranath

    Great post! Music can really help someone. I love my music, it always puts me in a good mood.

  112. Victoria

    This is a great post. It is amazing the benefits that come along with listening to music.

  113. Amanda Love

    I don’t know anyone battling addiction but this sounds like a great place for those who are. Music has always been able to soothe me whenever I’m going through one of my depressive episodes.

  114. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    Music can be so powerful. It can take you back and it can help you through tough times.

  115. Carly Brydon Anderson

    I believe that music is one of the most powerful things in the world. I absolutely love that there’s a treatment center that uses music!

  116. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Sounds like a really great program. That’s awesome that your brother has been clean that long. =) My dad has been sober for over 10 years now.

  117. Avry

    Music has the power to heal in so many different ways.

  118. Dina

    Music plays such an important role in our lives. I’m not sure we understand the huge impact it has on us. I’m glad they use it in the recovery program.

  119. Paula Schuck

    Music helps me in so many ways. When i need a pick me up i will put on some good up beat music to help me recharge. I can definitely see how music would help someone in recovery.

  120. DogVills (@DogVills)

    I’m so glad about your brother. Music has helped me in so many ways in my life

  121. Lauren

    Music is seriously the best way to recover! I am a huge fan of this kind of treatment, and we need more of this!

  122. Becca Wilson

    Recovery is different for everyone but I definitely think music therapy can work for lots of things in our lives as stimulus and a helping hand!

  123. yumeating

    This is awesome! Love love love! I firmly believe in the power of music. It’s save me more than once with numerous painful issues in my live and a few years ago when I was extremely suicidal. The tattoo on my chest is a constant reminder of the things I have survived and the music which helped me through.

  124. aordinarylife

    Sounds great, I know that music is good for the soul. Anything that inspires will get you through.

  125. Jacqui Odell

    I love this!! We listen to music all the time around here. It’s can change your mood quickly.

  126. Kiwi

    Music is so powerful more than people know! If you listen to the right kind of music it can really elevate your mood and i can see how it can help someone in their recovery!

  127. Danielle H

    Music is definitely very powerful. Certain songs can take me back to vivid memories and evoke a stream of tears. It totally makes sense that music could help recovering alcoholics or drug addicts. So awesome.

  128. Lisa Rios

    Sounds amazing. Really a great idea and I totally agree that music is such a powerful thing to bring changes. Glad to hear that your brother pulled through his tough lines. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  129. mburbage

    Music is SO powerful, and healing. It can do so much for whatever you need. We have music on all the time and it does wonders!

  130. Erin (@SugarCrumbs)

    Oh, how I love this. Music is so powerful. I was just watching a little youtube video about a girl that used music to get through a type of brain anomaly that kept her from doing anything for herself. Moving!

  131. Kristin

    That’s great that music can be helpful in that way! It really is so therapeutic!

  132. Censie

    Thank you for sharing you brother’s story. This is a great one to share with others who are struggling.

  133. Shell Things (@shellthings)

    What a wonderful program! Some members of my family have dealt with addiction and they had to want the help for it to work.

  134. Nolie

    Music is very powerful in many ways. What a great program.

  135. Christie

    Music and recovery really do make sense when you think about it. Very powerful piece

  136. traceyzimmer

    This was such a powerful post to read. Music is so healing and therapeutic and it is wonderful they are using it in the recovery process.

  137. Gabriel Bregg

    Very good read. My father has struggled with alcoholism all and we’ve never really thought of trying something like this despite his love of music.

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