A Good Cry, With Good Music Can Be Cleansing, And In Turn, Healing

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 23 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

A Good Cry Can Be Cleansing

Alcoholics and addicts, have you ever emerged from bed, after an amazing night’s sleep, only to realize that it had rained the night before?

Did you, for a moment, think that the rain contributed to your amazing night’s sleep?

I know that this may sound like some ethereal theory, but perhaps the rain washed away some debris in the air and, in turn, contributed to your more serene, peaceful sleep! Stranger has occurred.

Have you ever paid attention to how you felt after taking a shower in the morning or in the evening for that matter?

Often, don’t you feel more streamlined, lucid, energized, peaceful and focused?

By now, you must imagine what I am getting at! What if there is something about the water that washes away what you can’t see……..that excess dense energy and debris that develops from the long day of interactions with people, not to mention the environment in general?

Even more, what about all that dense energy that is inside of you, that you cannot see, that is making you feel stunted, captive, sad, angry, depressed, frustrated, melancholy, or even apathetic!

What if the difference between feeling light, joyful and serene rather than bitter, angry, fatigued, and depressed is as simple as a couple of good songs and a good cry, to cleanse you, purge you of all those awful dense emotions.

If you get it all out of you, you don’t hold it in, and run around feeling like a chicken with his head cut off, self-sabotaging, acting out in other ways [gambling; sex addiction; angry], or worse, using cryptonite [drugs and alcohol]!

I think it is just that simple, a good cry, every once in while!

A good cry, with good music is as healing as a hot shower, or an evening of sleep and rain.

The common denominator is water….as the water is shed, we are refreshed, rejuvenated and renewed.

Also, a good cry is redemptive.

You re-emerge, stronger, lighter, brighter, gentler, more creative, even more empathetic toward your fellow alcoholic for having done so.

As you let the tears go, you let the pain go, the anger go, the bitterness, and the resentment go. You leave it all behind you and you move on, more whole and complete each successive time you cry.

Now, with that said, you do not have to cry and listen to sad music, every day, all day, only you know how much you need to do it. Nevertheless, do it some of us must.

Some great music to accompany “tear shedding” is as follows:

Sia- Breath me

Ana Nalick- Breathe

Tori Amos- Sorta Fairytale

Augustana- Boston

Shawn Colvin- Sunny Came Home

Demi Lovato- Skyscraper

Adele- Someone like you

Nicki Costa- Corners of my mind

Waterboys- Paris in the Rain

Adele- One and Only

Rascal Flatts- What Hurts the most

Remember, a good cry and with good music, is far better than consuming alcohol and drugs to escape the pain.

Don’t keep it inside and let it rip you apart. Eventually you will unravel and it may be too late!

Cry it out, then smile, experience the happiness, joy, optimism and life waiting for you.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction, please call or text us. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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