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Can Music Fuel Your Addictive Behaviors?

Can Music Fuel Your Addictive Behaviors?

Popular music has lyrics which tend to glamorize lavish lifestyles, fancy cars, guns, women, wild adventures, and other things which can trigger people to think of these things in their life. Some songs explicitly focus on using drugs or alcohol, and even span across generations, going back to the 60s and 70s in time. Music can be fuel for addictive fire, which is why it may help to better understand how music prompts your thinking and behavior as well as how to respond in your own life.

MDMA, EDM, and Drug Culture

Songs in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre often contain lyrics that promote Ecstasy and Molly, in many cases through euphoric or stress-inducing effects of the music. MDMA is a popular drug at raves, often filled with lyrics emphasizing the highs of the drug. Young individuals attending these parties may have access to the drugs right on the scene, not knowing what is in them. Seeking ‘good vibes,’ people can get bad batches of MDMA laced with cocaine, bath salts, or other things which may make them sick, or worse. MDMA is also referenced by rappers in modern music, Hip-Hop, and other similar types of songs.

Music Festivals

Music festivals are exciting experiences which combine community and the thrills of musical expression. Many attendees consider drug and alcohol abuse to be a significant part of the experience. Many people who attend festivals use alcohol, smoke marijuana, use other drugs, and seek to get high as it seems everyone else is doing it. The open environment and availability of drugs at music festivals creates a temping space to use. The carefree attitudes of festival members also encourages impressionable youth to feed their curiosity to experiment with drugs.

Understanding the power of creative expression and the tie into drugs and alcohol can be a challenge for people. Many may see it as an innocent experiment that spirals into dependence. The other challenge is that people in recovery may become triggered by the same songs that used to be part of their life in addiction, and also may not be able to listen to some styles of music that reference drug use. It is up to each person to determine whether they are able to handle listening to certain types of music as it may be that it is not something they can do anymore, due to a desire to stay away from triggers to use. The power of music to compel people to drink or use drugs is strong and should not be underestimated.

The power of music can compel people to do great things but can be triggering in addiction recovery. If you are struggling with triggers and need help in recovery, call us. We are here to help you navigate recovery. Whatever you need, we are here to help you find healing and hope. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401