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Addicted to Music Pt. 5- “Music is My Anti-Drug”

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Music is healing.

Music is eternal.

Music is universal.

Music is whole.

Music is MY Anti-drug.

 

All of the above statements are facts, but they are also philosophies to live by.  In my time, I’ve exposed myself to plenty of things that classify as mind or mood altering which have negatively effected my brain.  I was an addict in the hardest of ways.  Since I’ve gotten clean, I have regained confidence in my drumming and learned two forms of guitar and ukulele. I have also taught myself chord progression, piano playing, and have developed perfect pitch.  It’s fair to say that I’ve become addicted in a new way; “I’m addicted to music.”

Courtesy of Rise Together

I am addicted to music but it has helped keep me off the nasty stuff that funks up my life (see the punny joke I did there?).  Music has helped me in my darkest of times.  Music has become an anti-drug for me, especially when a trigger arises I just turn on a nice acoustic song by my good pal Ed Sheeran, or Chris Carrabba.  It seems there is something soothing about the acoustic dilation between chords and melody-based picking that leads into a powerful toned and lyrical voice.  This is my anti-drug.

There have been new developments between music and depression, anxieties, drug abuse, mental health, etc.  The group Rise Together has formed a new project called “Music is my anti-drug.”  How fitting for us right?  They go on to feature an artist whose acoustic tone and melodic chorus lines fit right in with the healing rituals I’ve described.

Music is my Anti-Drug is set out for a soul purpose (another pun).  Their purpose is for healing and betterment.  It is clearly defined in their biography:

“One thing is clear, music has given thousands of people an ability to share their voice; to be heard. Music grabs your attention, makes you move both inside & out. Music holds your heart and drives your soul. Music is there for you when times are good, when things are great, and even during those times of in between. Music is even there for you when times seem nearly impossible.”

They are right and they lead by true example.  The guys in Rise Together have found the perfect fit for a role model of this life-changing experience: “Nicole Rae”

Nicole Rae has a grass roots feel to her where it hits right down into your core.  You can feel that she is truly wanting to help.  I was listening to her song “Isabella and it starts out with an uplifting, soulful vibe through guitar and leads.  I could do nothing but bob my head back and forth. I literally started to click my fingers to the beat.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I love bobbing my head back and forth to music with an evil/but happy snarl on my face.

“Isabella” is one of two featured songs for free on Music is my Anti-Drug.  Not only is this going to the lengths of promoting an artist who is trying to help, but the help is for absolutely free.  My mood is already improving!

Let me give you a glimpse into some of the lyrics I’ve already memorized and am humming to with only listening three times… yeah, it’s really helping that quickly!  Here’s a glimpse into Nicole Rae:

“Isabella there’s nothing left to say

but I just thought I’d ask

It takes years to tell what’s wrong

Or right.

At least we fought that fight.”

Taking this metaphor into accounts for mental health (especially in addiction recovery), we can use the name Isabella as a placement for addiction.  Sometimes there is just nothing left to say, but you still have so many questions.  Sometimes there is no answer.  Sometimes there is no other way out but, we fight the fight anyway because that’s what we do!  WE ARE FIGHTERS!

Courtesy of Rise Together

That is the one thing that this metaphor makes me think of.  Nicole Rae helps me feel it in my heart the most.  WE ARE FIGHTERS.  As it goes in mental health (especially from addictions), we are always in a constant battle but, this battle can be won!  Her voice provides the carrying words of her work, but gives us a sense of positivity with her tone and guitar to say, “I want to work on myself now.”  It finally puts our eagerness to rest and we can say, “I want to work on myself or I’ll end up six feet under ground.”  In fact, Nicole Rae says it best in her next metaphor; the feature song on Music is my Anti-Drug, titled “8ft Tall”:

“I’m feeling 8ft Tall

When I’m 6ft in the ground

My heaven is nothing at all

But a lonely crowd

All these trees they’ll dissipate

Cuz we destroy what we create

This medicine it makes us sick

The loneliness in most is thick.”

 

If you retain anything from this, it is to hold your head up high.  As we may dig ourselves a hole that is six feet down but if we keep our heads up, while remaining proud and strong, we will always be two feet above. We will remain alive and will continue to better ourselves!  If we let our heads fall to the wayside, we may end up all six feet under.  Thanks Nicole Rae for the inspiration, I will continue to keep my head UP!

I hope that this goes to prove one thing: “Music is my anti-drug.”  There are many ways of healing, but music is universal in that category.  Will you let music be your anti-drug?

To find out more about Nicole Rae and Music is My Anti-Drug go to:  http://www.musicismyanti-drug.com  and for a direct link on how to download Nicole Rae’s music for free go here:  http://www.musicismyanti-drug.com/download/ 

They have spots to submit your story on how music helps you get through the roughest of times.  Feel free to contact them, they are all great people.

If you feel like submitting your story of addiction, hope, or recovery here with us at Substance For You and getting it featured on the site please email me at:  SubstanceForYou@gmail.com

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