Singing, positivity and recovery

Posted by Lee-Ann, Recovery Worker in Middlesbrough, and leader of our music groups and Recovery Choir. 

Everybody likes music, right?

That seems like a question with such an obvious answer. Our tastes may be varied, and we may always be on the lookout for something new to enjoy. Or we may have really homed in on our own specific taste. Both are ok. Both are right, neither are wrong.

Music can be euphoria. A global acceptance and shared understanding between people that have something in common. But there is a flip side to that. It can become a battle of what’s right to enjoy and what is not. What is good and what’s bad. We each as individuals have our own unique taste that over time has been moulded by ourselves but influenced by our environment. And in the privacy of our own mind, we can enjoy this quite happily whatever emotions this may stir up. But music does not only stay in/affect the mind. It creates a physical reaction that when within a safe space, allows us to put aside our barriers and walls that we may put up to others and freely enjoy that all-encompassing rush of joy.

But what happens when we share that joy with someone else? The physical side that is. When we sing as a collective, all together and allow someone else to experience with us that physical euphoria and step outside of our comfort zone. How does that feel?

In my opinion, magical. Like being a part of something bigger than just myself, and my heart and my brain are flooded with emotions and adrenaline that make me feel like I am soaring.

So why am I even talking about this? It is because to me music changed my life, and singing is one of the biggest parts of that. Yes, I do it for myself because I have a deep love for it but being able to share that and experience that with others is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. It feeds my soul, and positively impacts my mental health.

A voice is the one instrument that most of us always have access to. It doesn’t need to be bought and paid for, it doesn’t take any additional carrying or transportation, and it is truly the one instrument that can portray every emotion. And its ours, yours and mine, for free.

So what makes us so scared to share that with others? Fear, usually. Vulnerability. Weakness. Judgment. Humiliation. Being less than someone else. A lot of the traits of the culture of addiction. A feeling of being UNWORTHY.

And where do I come into this? To show you and let you prove to yourself that YOU ARE WORTHY. My god you are worthy. Your voice is as beautiful as your soul and together we can be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves and raises others up with us to a place where we are a collective equal in beautiful song. A powerful, global, deep-rooted understanding that music feeds our soul, and that singing comes from it.

We together can be that powerful and beautiful voice that proves recovery is beautiful and all bountiful. It’s about more than just ourselves and yet we are healing ourselves. Singing together is the purest form of vulnerability and I want everyone to know that you can do it and you are good enough.

Now to end my little discussion on singing. 

For the past 10 years of volunteering and working within the Recovery community, I have witnessed people hand over their vulnerability to me and the other members of our groups. These people have created a change that has positively impacted their own recovery journeys. And for them I am proud, and I am grateful that they allowed me the chance to not only be a part of that journey, but for taking a leap of faith and believing in themselves.

Music is truly powerful, and recovery is truly magical.


If you'd like to find out more about attending our music community groups, or being part of our Recovery Choir, get in touch with us directly or chat with your key worker. 

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