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Songs for Recovery | Cenikor Foundation

Do you ever wish recovery had a soundtrack? We have compiled a list of songs to relate to in your recovery journey with a few reasons why.

“Day One” by Matthew West

“It’s day one of the rest of my life. It’s day one of the best of my life.”

As long as you’re still breathing, it’s never too late to start over.

The stigma of addiction leads people to believe that they ruined their lives. This song inspires us to believe that no matter what we’ve done, we can start over. You can’t undo the past, but a new future can be formed by the choices you make today.

Play this song when you need to dance away those feelings of hopelessness! Today can be your Day One.

“In Repair” by John Mayer

“I’m not together, but I’m getting there. I’m in repair.”

You can find comfort in knowing that it’s okay to not be okay. Recovery isn’t an easy road. What helps you overcome is to admit that you are a work in progress. The story is not over yet. This is not the end.

Play this song on a sad day when you’re not quite where you want to be, and accept that like many of us, you’re in repair.

“High Cost of Living” by Jamie Johnson

“I tell you the high cost of livin’ ain’t nothing like the cost of livin’ high.”

Sometimes we like to remember things that were negative for us in a positive light. We replay the tape of our favorite moments from a past toxic relationship. It’s a normal thing to do, but that doesn’t make it healthy.

Play this song when you’re tempted to fondly remember substance use.

“Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin

“"You gotta swim when it hurts. The whole world is watching. You haven't come this far to fall of the earth."

Sometimes you have to remember your reasons why. Why is a life of sobriety important to you? Do you want to be there for your family? Will substances hold you back from your dream career? The best way to keep from drowning is to lean into your reasons to swim.

Play this song when you need to remember why sobriety is worth the fight.

“Recovery” by James Arthur

“I defined, I designed my recovery.”

Celebrate yourself and the choices you’ve made. You made the choice to take a different path. Not everyone does.

Play this song when you need to feel proud of yourself.

“Starting Over” (Clean version) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over.”

You fell so hard, but now you’ve got to get back what you’ve lost. Even better, you have the opportunity to model what it’s like to fall seven times and get up eight. The original version of this song features strong language, but a clean version is saved in our YouTube playlist.

Play this song when you feel tempted to (or happen to) make a mistake in your recovery. 

Mores songs include
  • “Young Homie” by Chris Rene
  • “Amazing” by Aerosmith
  • “Never Too Far Gone” by John Felix
  • “Sober” by Kelly Clarkson

View our entire recovery playlist here! We will be adding to it as we discover more inspirational songs to help you through your journey.

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