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Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "music"

Musicians and Addiction

Why do many musicians fall victim to addiction? Of course this question cannot be decisively answered, every case is different. But with addiction running rampant among musicians since the jazz era, there are common themes. Addiction surfaces throughout all careers. Maybe increased drug use among musicians is just our perception; maybe they just happen to be the ones which are allowed to admit the truth about their struggle. A notorious example is Kurt Cobain. Cobain had the odds stacked against him, a predisposition to addiction and mental illness, fame over a short period of time and the money that comes with it. Kurt Cobain was unable to navigate his new-found status and didn’t want be the representation of a generation. Falling deeper into heroin addiction and reclusive patterns, Kurt Cobain said goodbye … Read entire article »

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Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Nurses and caregivers are becoming increasingly aware of the effectiveness of music therapy for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, even in its advanced stages. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends that the appropriate use of music can have a variety of benefits for Alzheimer’s patients, as music has the ability to “shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.” We all love to listen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Recovery, Research

Sad Songs Can Bring On Pleasant Emotions

Sad Songs Can Bring On Pleasant Emotions

  There are those days where we just want to curl up in a ball and listen to a playlist full of sad songs – after a relationship ends, when you lose a job, when your car breaks down, or maybe a trifecta of all three. Many people assume that sad songs make you feel sad, and that experience is why people turn to sad songs when they’re feeling distressed. However, a small study from the … Read entire article »

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

  Listening to music is probably my one addiction that has no adverse effects. Music relaxes me. It entertains me. It inspires me. I would even say it helps me cope with my mental health issues. There are so many songs out there that have healing or inspirational powers. In the field of psychology, music therapy can be a powerful tool to help people deal with their mental illnesses and addictions. Music can be a powerful tool … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Mental Illness, Recovery

Reconnecting With Old Passions

Reconnecting With Old Passions

  When I was younger, before my days of using, I was a passionate person. I was passionate about dancing, about singing, about figure skating. I was passionate about my friendships, and passionate about my family. That all changed when I lost myself to the world of heroin and addiction. The only thing I was passionate about was my drugs, my dealing, and my junkie friends. When I got sober, I felt lost –what did I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Bruno Mars Discusses His Former Drug Abuse and Moving On With Life

  With such a successful career already unfolding and countless hits under his belt, including “Grenade,” “Locked out of Heaven,” and most recently, “If I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars seems like the perfect rock star with no cares in the world, but he has had anything but a “perfect” past, having recently come clean about his earlier drug abuse and mostly forgotten nights. During an interview with GQ, Mars recalled the evening he was arrested for possession of drugs In Las Vegas in 2010. “I was really drunk. So a lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing.” In an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight back in January of 2012, Bruno Mars recalled his stint in Vegas, saying, “I feel like it happened. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Substance Abuse

Circling the Drain, Keeping my Head Above

  When I think of songs that remind me of my life as an active addict, Katy Perry is not usually the first artist that pops into my mind. However, her song Circle the Drain is the first song that comes into my mind when I think of how I made others feel, and why I never want to go back to where I was. It paints an accurate picture of how we as addicts and alcoholics break hearts, cause damage, and leave wreckage as we self-destruct. Broken promises, wasted potential, becoming the exact people we once despised, looking desperately to be saved, and ultimately hurting ourselves and others. This song, and the circumstances surrounding it, reminds me of the friends I’ve lost and how much worse things can get, if … Read entire article »

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The Requiems That Made Me See My Life Wasn’t a Dream

The Requiems That Made Me See My Life Wasn’t a Dream

  Movies and music have regularly been an influential part of my life, from my current mood to how I would dress or act for any given amount of time. I would not have ever thought that music or a film would have made me see that I had a serious drug problem, but, in fact, they were the only things that got through to me. My walls of denial were so thick that I couldn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Substance Abuse

The Hippie Movement, Electronic Dance Music and Addiction

  Though the “Peace and Love” counterculture of the 1960s had a definite affinity for drug use‘ (particularly marijuana and psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline), much of the movement was rooted in the struggle for civil rights and ending the Vietnam War. The era’s popular music was in clear harmony with its generation’s ideals, and artists such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan used their music as a form of activism. There was a spirit of unity among much of the youth at this time, and a fierce rejection of the delusional contentment pervasive in the previous decade.  The era was more than free-spirits versus prudes.  There was a visionary youth in this time, bonded by optimism and an enlightened fervor.  They challenged the socially (and legally) sanctioned discrimination of … Read entire article »

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Russian Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Nation’s Drug Problems

Russian Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Nation’s Drug Problems

  Following in the grand tradition of past government leaders, Russian drug czar Yevgeny Bryun is blaming people from other countries for his nation’s problems.  In this case, the people being blamed are the members of The Beatles, the top-selling musical act of all-time, and their nation of origin is the UK.  He claims their well-documented drug use in the 1960’s was the launching point for Russia’s current immersion in heroin, crack, crystal meth, and krokodiladdiction. The … Read entire article »

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