This is a first in our series of posts recognizing some of the Best Online Sobriety Resources in 2011. This post is from our friends at Treatment4Addiction.com, an online sober resource, and one of our award winners.
Drug use can be a creative tool for many musicians to tap into their sub-conscience and create music that would otherwise be unattainable. Being an artist is one of the few professions that does not discourage drug and alcohol use. In many cases it is endorsed as a positive instrument for inspiration. Contemporary music such as the hip-hop by Lil Wayne and the sudden popularity of club music such as dubstep and drum and bass rely heavily on drugs as a muse.
Eminem recorded and wrote several songs that led him to being a giant in the rap industry under the influence of drugs & alcohol. This eventually led to a near-death experience involving an overdose, in which he entered a rehabilitation program. He exited the program and had a short relapse before realizing he could not conquer his addiction alone. Eminem then became a regular attendee at AA and did what he once thought was impossible, record and write music sober.
His newfound clarity led him to accept a Grammy award for Best Rap Album (“Recovery”), sporting a necklace embroidered with an AA symbol. In his hit single from Recovery known as “Not Afraid”, Eminem is open about his sobriety and its positive influence on his music. Here are a few lyrics from “Not Afraid”
It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me. Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally for you. So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through.
Many artists begin to use drugs in excess, and the original inspiration it once produced tends to fade. The excessive use to regain that initial boost of creativity can do the exact inverse of its intention and may actually dull the creative mind further. Partly because of this, drug use by famous musicians has escalated to the point of death through overdose by many recognized talents in this field, such as the recent death of Amy Winehouse. However, as Eminem has proven, finding & maintaining sobriety can often lead to some of the best musical work of an artist’s career.
Author byline: Adam Rubin is a professional writer and contributor to Treatment4Addiction.com’s blog. His work can be seen on his online portfolio at adamrubin.writersresidence.com.