5 Empowering Songs About Addiction From Female Artists

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Pop singer Demi Lovato’s recent overdose has once again shed light on the music industry’s struggles with substance abuse. Treasured acts like Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse were tragically lost to the all-consuming power of addiction, but thanks to growing awareness and music promoting recovery, we have saved lives and prevented fatal overdoses from occurring. There are plenty of songs from the male perspective about addiction, but these songs are all from strong, female artists and can empower recovering addicts to get through the day.

 

P!nk - Just Like a Pill

 

Pink performing at one of her shows

https://www.flickr.com/photos/blumonkey14/P!nk Live 2013CC BY-SA 2.0

 

In “Just Like a Pill”, artist P!nk details a dysfunctional relationship with someone who seems like a good time, but is really just causing her pain. P!nk, real name Alecia Moore, draws the comparison between the man she is dating and hard drugs, i.e. her boyfriend is “just like a pill”. While the high may be great, the ensuing comedown is not worth it. Instead of feeling better, she only winds up feeling worse. P!nk has opened up about drug use in her past, including dealing and taking drugs such as crystal meth and ecstasy at a young age and suffering from an overdose. P!nk has been to several treatment centers before, and today she is mostly sober from all substances, as she enjoys wine and hopes one day to own a winery.

 

[Verse 1]

I'm lying here on the floor where you left me

I think I took too much

I'm crying here, what have you done?

I thought it would be fun

 

[Pre-Chorus]

I can't stay on your life support

There's a shortage in the switch

I can't stay on your morphine

Cause it's making me itch

I said I tried to call the nurse again

But she's being a little bitch

I think I'll get outta here, where I can

 

[Chorus]

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

 

[Verse 2]

I haven't moved from the spot where you left me

This must be a bad trip

All of the other pills

They were different

Maybe I should get some help

 

[Pre-Chorus]

I can't stay on your life support

There's a shortage in the switch

I can't stay on your morphine

Cause it's making me itch

I said I tried to call the nurse again

But she's being a little bitch

I think I'll get outta here, where I can

 

[Chorus]

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

 

[Pre-Chorus]

I can't stay on your life support

There's a shortage in the switch

I can't stay on your morphine

Cause it's making me itch

I said I tried to call the nurse again

But she's being a little bitch

I think I'll get outta here, where I can

 

[Chorus]

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

Run just as fast as I can

To the middle of nowhere

To the middle of my frustrated fears

And I swear you're just like a pill

Instead of making me better

You keep making me ill

You keep making me ill

 

 

Demi Lovato - Sober

 

Demi Lovato on stage at one of her concerts

Ralph Arvesen, Demi Lovato Future Now Tour 2 (cropped)CC BY 2.0

 

Demi Lovato’s song “Sober” is the lead single from the pop singer’s seventh studio album. In it, she confesses to relapsing after more than 6 years of sobriety. The song bares her guilt and shame over relapsing, as well as some of the pressures she has faced over the years as a public figure for sobriety. In her 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated, Demi discusses her struggles with the dual diagnosis of addiction and bipolar disorder. This kind of co-occurring diagnosis is not that uncommon and Demi has been an outspoken advocate for those who struggle with some of the same issues she has dealt with, including eating disorder, self-harm, addiction, and mental illness.

 

[Verse 1]

I got no excuses for all of these goodbyes

Call me when it's over 'cause I'm dying inside

Wake me when the shakes are gone

And the cold sweats disappear

Call me when it's over and myself has reappeared

 

[Pre-Chorus]

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why

I do it every, every, every time

It's only when I'm lonely

Sometimes I just wanna cave and I don't wanna fight

I try and I try and I try and I try and I try

Just hold me, I'm lonely

 

[Chorus]

Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore

And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor

To the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before

I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore

 

[Verse 2]

I'm sorry to my future love for the man that left my bed

For making love the way I saved for you inside my head

And I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again

I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human

 

[Pre-Chorus]

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why

I do it every, every, every time

It's only when I'm lonely

Sometimes I just wanna cave and I don't wanna fight

I try and I try and I try and I try and I try

Just hold me, I'm lonely

 

[Chorus]

Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore

And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor

To the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before

I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore

I’m not sober anymore

 

[Outro]

I'm sorry that I'm here again, I promise I'll get help

It wasn't my intention, I'm sorry to myself

 

 

Anna Nalick - Breathe (2 AM)

Anna Nalick singing

InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA, Anna Nalick at Hotel Cafe, 24 August 2011 (6078633487)CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Anna Nalick’s highest charting hit, “Breathe (2 AM) is a song about facing and overcoming difficult challenges through the help of friends. In it, Nalick helps a friend who is panicking about her life to take it easy and remember to “just breathe”. In recovery, addicts may feel an overwhelming sense of dread or fear of relapsing in the future. To fight back against this, it’s important to remember to just breathe and take things one step at a time. Recovery is about being present and building yourself up day by day. This song is an empowering reminder that people are there for you, recovery is possible, and we can’t change the past, only act now to create our future.

 

[Verse 1]

2 AM and she calls me cause I'm still awake

"Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?

I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season."

Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes

Like they have any right at all to criticize

Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason

 

[Hook]

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable

And life's like an hourglass glued to the table

No one can find the rewind button, girl

So cradle your head in your hands

And breathe, just breathe

Oh breathe, just breathe

 

[Verse 2]

May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss

"Just a day" he said down to the flask in his fist

"Ain't been sober since maybe October of last year."

Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while

But my god it's so beautiful when the boy smiles

Wanna hold him, maybe I'll just sing about it

 

[Hook]

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable

And life's like an hourglass glued to the table

No one can find the rewind button, girl

So cradle your head in your hands

And breathe, just breathe

Oh breathe, just breathe

 

[Bridge]

There's a light at each end of this tunnel

You shout cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out

And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again

If you'd only try turning around

 

[Verse 3]

2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song

If I get it all down on paper it's no longer inside of me

Threatening the life it belongs to

And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd

Cause these words are my diary screaming out loud

And I know that you'll use them, however you want to

 

[Hook]

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable

And life's like an hourglass glued to the table

No one can find the rewind button now

Sing it if you understand

And breathe, just breathe

Oh breathe, just breathe

 

 

Natasha Bedingfield - Recover

 

Natasha Bedingfield on the red carpet

David Shankbone creator QS:P170,Q12899557, Natasha Bedingfield 2012 Shankbone 2CC BY 3.0

 

This inspiring song by recording artist Natasha Bedingfield is a powerful ode to the pain and scars that we carry as well as the fight left within all of us to overcome and recover from those wounds. In it, Natasha details the “scratches and scars” that don’t seem to go away quickly. She reminds the listener that we should never get disheartened and quit, because things can hurt, but in time they will recover. She sings “The worst is over, all those fires we’ve been walking through, and still we survived somehow.” The message for recovering addicts is that you can’t let your past dictate your future. No matter how bad things may have gotten, you have the power within you to heal and become a new person.

 

[Verse 1]

Been torn apart

Got so many scratches and scars

Maybe they won't all go away

But they'll fade

Maybe time can mend us together.. again

It’s not what we've done but, how far we've come

 

[Chorus]

We will recover

The worst is over, now

All those fires we've been walking through

And still we survive, somehow

We will recover

The worst is behind

And it hurts, but in time, i know that we will recover

(Yeah yeah)

 

[Verse 2]

Got so much to lose

Seems I’ve lost my power to choose, oh

What to love and when to let go

That all changed

Get bitten once and then you're afraid

What a waste

Look what we've done

How far we've come..

 

[Chorus]

We will recover

The worst is over, now

All those fires we've been walking through

And still we survive, somehow

We will recover

The worst is behind

And it hurts, but in time, i know that we will recover

Everybody's gotta, a reason to cry

And everybody fights but, not everyone survives

And everybody's searching, not everybody finds

And I'm still in recovery, and i'll make it alive?

 

[Bridge]

We will recover

The worst is over, now

All those fires we've been walking through

And still we survive, somehow

 

[Chorus]

We will recover

The worst is behind, and it hurts but in time

I know that we will recover

The worst is over, now

And all those fires we've been walking through

And still we survive, somehow

We will recover

The worst is behind

And it hurts, but in time, i know that we will recover

 

 

Sia - The Girl You Lost to Cocaine

 

Sia singing at one of her concerts

(Kirk Stauffer), Sia Seattle (cropped)CC BY-SA 3.0

 

The title of this 2008 song by singer/songwriter Sia makes it seem like an autobiographical song about drug addiction, but the lyrics reveal a twist to the theme. This song details the end of a codependent relationship with a friend who chooses drugs and alcohol over being a good friend. Sia talks about having to get her friend home, get them dressed, dealing with their drama, and being their crutch. Instead of continuing to allow this person to run roughshod over her life, Sia says goodbye and tells her friend that Sia is “the girl that you lost to cocaine”. Instead of losing the addict to the addiction of cocaine, the addict is losing their close friend because of their own addiction. Detachment is an important component of recovery for people close to addicts to undergo. This involves separating yourself from your loved one’s addiction so that you are no longer being used by the person and lovingly allowing them to deal with the repercussions of their own actions.

 

[Verse 1]

I've stuck around through thick and through thin

You cannot deny I've always been in

But I've watched you stand still as a snowman

But I don't see you change, you're always at meltdown

 

Yeah, I've been your crutch, your smell, sight, and touch

Yeah, I took you home when you've drunk too much

But I can't survive with you by my side

See, I'll never get laid while I'm running your life

 

[Chorus]

No, I just don't wanna, so I'm walking away

There is nothing that you can do, I will not stay

No, I don't need drama, so I'm walking away

Yeah, I am a girl with a lot on her plate

 

[Verse 2]

So just cut me loose, learn to tie your shoes

There's somebody here, I'd like to introduce

So look in the mirror, look for the glass

Cause you're not my problem, you are my last

 

[Chorus]

No, I just don't wanna, so I'm walking away

There is nothing that you can do, I will not stay

No, I don't need drama, so I'm walking away

Yeah, I am a girl with a lot on her plate

No, I just don't wanna, so I'm walking away

There is nothing that you can do, I will not stay

No, I don't need drama, so I'm walking away

Yeah, I am a girl with a lot on her plate

No, I just don't wanna, so I'm walking away

There is nothing that you can do, I will not stay

No, I'm not your mama, so I'm walking away

See, I'm just a girl that you lost to cocaine

 

 

Next Steps

Next time you’re experiencing difficulties with cravings, pop on these recovery songs and find some inspiration to get you through the day. Recovery songs show that we are not alone in facing addiction. Many of us have gone through it before and come out on the other side intact. Landmark Recovery is a place where people struggling with chemical dependency problems can find answers to the issues that have tormented them for months, years or decades. Our dedicated clinicians, nurses and medical staff will help you or your loved one find solutions that work for a lifetime. Call one of our caring admissions consultants today to find out about our comprehensive treatment programs for drug and alcohol recovery.

 

 

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