Music, right? 

Talk about a cheat code to our emotional core. 

Music can heal us— and it can trigger us. 

Music can take us to another time and place— or it can bring us back to the here and now. 

Music is just like any powerful tool— it can propel us forward in our recovery or it can set us back, depending on how it’s used. 

We have to respect music’s power to affect our nervous system. 

Music is more obviously impactful for some people than others— but almost nobody reading this has a completely neutral relationship with music. 

Entire theories and techniques of psychotherapy have been built around music. 

Finding a musical artist who puts words to your experience can be an overwhelmingly evocative experience. 

The right music at the right time has saved lives. No exaggeration. 

In almost every era, people have formed strong attachments to their music. 

Music is a language that transcends spoken or written language. 

Music associated with holidays can instantly transport us back decades— for better or worse. 

Music associated with specific people in our lives can reawaken feelings we thought we’d long forgotten or gotten over. 

Music can remind us of who we once were— and who we want to be. 

Music can distract us from pain. 

Music can immerse us in pain. 

Music can take the edge off of difficult emotional states— or it can turn the intensity up on difficult emotional states. 

Sometimes, paradoxically, listening to sad music is exactly what we need when we’re sad. 

Sometimes music is the only thing that can truly get through to us in periods of desperation or depression. 

Music can be our lifeline back to a place of calm and focus. 

Music can be our cue that we’re not dreaming— or that we are dreaming.

Music can help us find our way out of an emotional or sensory flashback. 

The key to using music effectively in our recovery is to be mindful and observant— to really pay attention to how music affects us when. 

Certain music in the morning can have a very different impact that the same music in the evening. 

Certain music at times of high emotion can have a very different impact than that same music on a daily basis. 

As with every tool at our disposal in recovery, we need to be curious and open about what works and doesn’t work for us when it comes to music. 

Sometimes we have to be willing to put limits on certain music if it doesn’t help us stay safe and stable. 

Especially when we’re struggling, we need to be smart and selective about how and when to use particular music. 

Any tool that packs the punch that music does needs to be treated respectfully. 

Music can be your secret weapon in recovery. 

The right playlist at the right time can get you through something that might otherwise be literally deadly. 

Get curious about your relationship with music. 

For most of us, our relationship with music goes back further than we can remember. 

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