Who is today’s heroin addict?

Heroin Addiction Crosses All Sociology-Economic Lines

According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of heroin users in the U.S. has doubled in the five year period between 2007 and 2012. The numbers went from 373,00 to almost 700,000. As more individuals are becoming open about their struggles with heroin, we are beginning to recognize that every-day, otherwise “normal” individuals….judges, lawyers, school teachers, accountants, and business owners, are struggling with debilitating addictions. Just look at some of these blurbs pulled from news stories. They speak for themselves when asking the question, “Who is today’s heroin addict?”  Read More Here > http://goo.gl/Ci8MD5

Education and Support About Addiction

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RIR Friends and Supporters,

I want to take this time to invite everyone on this page to see the Rockers In Recovery  mission . We have worked hard since 2008 to pass on the message of recovery to as many as we can.

Rockers In Recovery is not about one, two or three people who were a part of RIR’s past history. Instead of just assuming you know who RIR is take the time to meet the team.

RIR is about a team of people with a goal to provide education and support about addiction, as well as, drug and alcohol rehab treatment options to different communities across the United States. Most importantly the message of “Rockers In Recovery” is that addiction prevention and awareness mixed with “HAVING FUN” is indeed possible!!

Over the last 7 years the RIR team and sponsors have produced between Concerts/Festivals and Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Meet & Greets over 25 events since 2008.

Keep on Rocking with much love and peace,
Lori Sullivan,
President & Founder
Rockers In Recovery Inc.
Cell 954-826-5968
9301 NE 2nd Ave. Miami Shore, FL. 33138

The Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions

Addictive_SocietyThe Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions Insurance Companies Play Doctor By: John Giordano DHL, MAC .

Avery was your typical suburban kid; bright and athletic with a bubbly personality and an infectious smile that just seemed to draw people to her. She grew-up in a comfortable home with a big oak tree in her back yard. Her parents were model citizens. Avery had to study hard and often to stay on the honor role but it paid off. In her senior year of high school, she was accepted at a prominent university in her state.

College didn’t come easy for Avery; she had to forgo many of the social aspects of school to have time for study. In her sophomore year a friend offered an illicit drug to help her get through an all-nighter cram session for a big test the next the morning. It was on this very night Avery’s life changed for ever. She began using more and more to help keep up her GPA. Eventually she used for recreation. Her drug abuse, like so many before her, grew to become more that she could handle. Avery – who once had such a promising future – dropped out of college.

She wanted desperately to get off drugs but couldn’t do it on her own, she was hooked. Avery entered a rehab facility with a fierce determination to overcome her disease; but the treatment she received didn’t work. Drained and emotionally distraught by her entire addiction experience, Avery saw no options other than methadone. Now, everyday after she wipes the sleep from her eyes, Avery stands in line at a clinic in the seedy part of town waiting for her daily dose of methadone. Then she heads off to her minimum wage job in the gardening department of a big home improvement center; not exactly the career path Avery envisioned for herself a short time ago.

Avery is just one of what I suspect are millions of people who are abusing drugs or are in an alternative program like methadone who want to get clean but are trapped in the shadows due to insurance companies questionable policies.

The insurance industry can track their roots back to 1750 B.C. when Babylonian traders would pay financiers a premium up-front in exchange for their guarantee to cancel the loan should their shipment be stolen or lost at sea. The industry has experience a lot of twists and turns sense its beginnings. However, like any bingo parlor or casino, insurance companies’ profits are based on how little they payout.

“Managed Care” came to prominence in the 1970s through the influence of then U.S. President, Richard Nixon. It was sold to the American public as having cost containment benefits at a time of rising healthcare costs but never lived up to its billing. In the early stages of discussion during a White House meeting on February 17, 1971, Nixon expressed his support for the essential philosophy of the HMO. John Ehrlichman, counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs, explained to the President: “All the incentives are toward less medical care, because the less care they give them, the more money they make.” I suspect decisions made at this and subsequent related meetings over forty-years ago are what sealed Avery’s fate.

Addiction treatment is a complicated process that looks more like a curvy path through a forest than a straight line. Research has proven that the best outcomes occur when the patient has had a minimum of 90 days of treatment. There are many judgment calls throughout the process that need to be made by the doctors, therapists and other treatment professionals who are elbow to elbow with the patient through their rehab. Patients’ conditions require different levels or tiers of modalities based on how long they’ve been using and how they respond to treatment – everyone responds differently and at their on pace.

There are four ‘tiers’ of addiction treatment after detox, with the first being the most important. The first tier – residential – is what people envision when they think of rehab. It’s an intense thirty-day program where a patient lives on site and is in constant contact with doctors, therapists, counselors and other treatment specialists. This first tier is vitally important to the successful outcome of the patient. Lower levels of treatment are for patients who have completed tier one. Under normal circumstances doctors and therapists who are in close contact treating the patient measure their progress and recommend the next tier of treatment at the appropriate time.

Today, “Normal Circumstances” no long applies. In fact it has been replaced by “The New Normal” where science and facts hold little sway when considering the bottom line of an insurance company as predicted in the immortal words of John Ehrlichman, “the less care they give them, the more money they make.”

In October of 2008 the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was enacted into law. In short, this bill forced health insurers as well as group health plans to cover mental health and substance abuse disorders much like they cover physical health issues. The legislation was applauded by treatment professionals across the country. Everyone in the field viewed this as a major step forward in addiction treatment. What could not have been anticipated at the time was how the insurance companies were going to manipulate the new law.

We soon found out. In recent years insurance companies have become emboldened. Their representatives have become increasingly involved in daily patient treatment to the point of entirely taking it over. Case managers, who sit comfortably in their remotely located cubicles, now hold enough power to randomly move a patient from a high tier of treatment to a lower level without medical justification by simply making one phone call. The insurance companies found a loop hole in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and are wielding it like a sledge hammer to lower their money outlay for treatment. They’re using their purse strings to control every aspect of a patient’s treatment. Just one of the consequences is an adversarial relationship pitting the facilities’ doctors and therapists against insurance company’s contract doctors.

The stories I’ve been told are absolutely heartbreaking. One therapist told me she received a call from a case manager instructing her to release her patient – who was in the middle of his treatment – that day. When she asked for justification, the case manager simply stated they were not going to pay for his treatment any more. Another professional told a story of how patients were being moved from ‘tier one’ to lower levels of treatment normally reserved for patients who have completed ‘tier one’ simply as a cost cutting measure. I was told by an addiction specialist of insurance case manager’s first week on the job. Apparently a high level executive from the home office was in town for meetings when he walked through the claims department. The executive lifted a stack of claim files off the manager’s desk and rhetorically asked; “do you know what to do when you have too may claim files?” then threw the handful of files in the trash. In speaking with another knowledgeable professional in addiction treatment I asked; “from what I’ve seen and know, it appears to me that the insurance companies are now dictating all of the treatment protocols;” her response was ‘you are 100% correct!”

Nearly all of the decisions made by the case managers are over the objection of the treatment facilities doctors and therapists that are hands on treating the patient. Although the treatment center has the right to call a doctor to doctor meeting, their appeals have almost no effect because the insurance company’s doctor – who has never seen much less met the patient – has final say over the treating doctor and/or therapist’s objections. In essence, the insurance company’s doctor is the judge, jury and sheriff in any dispute regarding the treatment of all patients – period.

The CBS TV Newsmagazine ‘60 Minutes’ did an exposé Blue Cross Blue Shield Anthem (BCBSA) late last year titled “Denied.” I strongly recommend you take a look at it if you didn’t see the show – the link is below. In his report, Scott Pelley did a masterful job of uncovering the extent to which health insurance denies psychiatric care claims and how treatment protocols are being dictated by the insurance company. He found that most of their doctors are contractors paid by the case – earning up to $25,000/month – and managing up to 550 patients per month. Pelley looked at 11 BCBSA contract doctors’ denial rate and found it range from 82.76% to 100% over a six month period. This begs the question; how do these actions by the insurance companies help the patient/policy holder become whole again?

It just seems counterintuitive to me that we trust our health to an industry whose very existence depends on providing people like you and me with the least amount of care possible. What we have today is “Managing Profits” and not “Managed Care.” How we got here I know, but I’ll never understand how human beings could be so cold as to inflict so much pain and suffering on another just for money. Yet this is the society we live in today where what was once a humanitarian directive has been hijacked and reshaped into a new revenue stream for behemoth corporations at the expense of hard working Americans paying their insurance premiums and being denied their benefits. In the ‘New Normal’ all moral, ethical and societal standards are no longer a concern when the bottom line is being discussed.

Avery’s story is just one example of untold suffering happening to what I suspect to be millions of Americans across the country – all at the hands of the health insurance industry. What happens now to addicts like Avery who desperately what to get off drugs but are fading in the shadows of this nightmare? Well that depends on us. For those of us fortunate enough to have gone through rehab know we didn’t do it on our own. We relied on each other to produce a positive outcome. If we are to effect positive changes in the insurance industry, we need to band together one more time. All I ask is that you contact your congressman and senator and ask them what they are doing to prevent the insurance industry from dictating addiction treatment protocols. If you can’t do it for yourself, please do it for the person behind you who needs treatment but is being blocked by the many barriers put up by the insurance industry. This is our battle and this is our time to shine!

“The less care they give them, the more money they make.” – John Ehrlichman

CBS TV Newsmagazine ‘60 Minutes’ exposé “Denied.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/denied/

John Giordano DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Founder of the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department. For the latest development in cutting-edge treatment check out his website: http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com

Please get To know Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Addiction Network:

Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Addiction Network facilities are located across the country, offering unmatched programs and services that honor mind, body and soul. The addiction treatment and detox facilities work with HMO’s, Commercial Insurances, MEDICARE, or self pay.

MEET THE RECOVERY PARTNERS :

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –(SAMHSA) 800-662-HELP (4357)

The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) get to know them by calling 561- 299-0405

The Shores Treatment and Recovery – Get to Know Lyle Fried by calling 772-332-8711

Clearbrook Treatment Centers of Pennsylvania – Get to know Mark Pisacano  by calling 570-823-1171

Little Creek Lodge of Pennsylvania – Get To Know Drummer Andy Pace by calling 877 -689 -2644

Archstone Recovery Center of West Palm Beach – Get to Know Sally Gallen Sweeney by calling 561-588-8323

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches – Get to Know Alan Stevens by calling (561) 296-8121

St. Christopher’s Inn  of New York– Get to know Maryann Egan by calling 845-335-1020

Serenity Centers of Tennessee – Get to know them by calling 865-247-5196

Atlantic Biotech – Get to know Debbie Falestra by calling 754-222-5150 ext. 309

The Laboratory Solution – Get to know Lizet Dibernardo by calling 954-732-9817

LaVita RDS (Reward Deficiency Syndrome) – Get to know Lance Maness by calling 858-442-3106

Marchman Act Attorney – Get to know Robert Gluck by calling Marchman Act Attorney at 877-GLUCK-LAW

Purpose House Transitional Homes of Sarasota   – Get to know Kelly Miller by calling 941-586-6370

Lakeview Health Treatment of Jacksonville – Get to know Jacqueline Cream by calling 904-899-4535

Acme Ranches Transitional Living of West Palm – Get to know Debbie Perkins by calling 561-880-7877

A U.S. military veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes

Dear Colleagues:

As you know RIR and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have partnered on many great prevention and awareness projects, this new project is very important to our veterans that are suffering. A U.S. military veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, on average, according to a recent study from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please share the following information everywhere your organization can, so our veterans know there is help.

Rockers in Recovery & SAMHSA has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that their National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could act as the single point of entry to help meet the special needs of veterans and service members in crisis. Callers to SAMHSA’s Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) can press “1” to be connected to the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, NY. Visit for help http://goo.gl/cseHpj

As part of this new project RIR will be holding a 3 day music & prevention education concert in New Jersey on Memorial Day Weekend. Please Join Us:

2015 HopeFest

  • Prevention of Suicide – Friday, May 22
  • Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness – Saturday, May 23
  • Prevention & Awareness Through Rock-N-Roll – Sunday, May 24

If you would like to help us with support for this event see more

ALL Concerts/Festivals – 100% Tax Deductible

$2500.00 Main Supporter – NON Members $5000.00

$1250.00 Band Supporter – NON Members $2500.00

Thank you all for your support in this project of hope and love.

Sincerely,

Lori Sullivan
President & Founder
Rockers In Recovery
9301 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, Florida. 33138

Upcoming Recovery Fun

“Love Of Recovery”

5th Annual –  Rockers In Recovery Free Music and Art Festival

Addiction Awareness & Prevention Message Through Rock-N-Roll

February 13, 2016

RIR is currently getting ready for the 5th Annual – Love of Recovery Music Festival – February 13, 2016 11AM – 10:30PM – Venue LOCATION: The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028.

This Years Theme – “Unite To Fight Addiction” with a night before (Feb. 12th) Gala Educational Meet & Greet Dinner with top speakers in the addiction recovery field.

Enjoy Music, Recovery Speakers, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors , Food Vendors, Recovery Merchandise, Addiction Education, Evidenced Based Treatment Options , and Veteran Information.We have worked over the last seven years to end the sigma of addiction. We need to let people know we can enter into recovery to live purposeful lives and be of maximum service to all. How we do this is very simple ” Addiction Awareness & Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll”.Thank you to everyone for your years of support. The RIR Team looks forward to seeing everyone at the festival.

Unite To Fight Addiction

MEET THE 2016 UNITE TO FIGHT ADDICTION PARTNERS:

“More bands and very special guest Rockers to be announced”

Rockers In Recovery – RIR holds a flagship all day festival once a year since 2011. It’s called the “Love Of Recovery” Rockers in Recovery Music Festival. This experience combines multiple RIR All-Star Bands that all come together, we invite musicians who are either in recovery or support recovery to help spread the message of hope through their band or solo act music. The most important message that RIR conveys to the crowds of thousands is that having fun is completely doable and possible when you combine treatment and education, because all you need is 100% mutual support of each other. Support is not a one-way street.
Unite To Fight Addiction Free Meet & Greet
February 12,2016 
“Gala Educational Meet & Greet Dinner”
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STREAMING LIVE – February 12 & 13 Unite To Fight Addiction – Love of Recovery Music Festival will be streaming live worldwide.. See More About This Epic South Florida Event @ Streaming
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Clearbrook Treatment Centers – “At the RIR Festival we saw thousands of people in unity (family,friends,and the recovery community) dancing, singing, and enjoying their lives. At different parts of the program, some of today’s great musicians told their stories of the perils of their addiction and what their lives are like now”.

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How could I be an addict?

Addictive SocietyRIR Director of Community Addiction Education – John Giordano,  Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP;

Thirty-years ago I was as blind to addiction as nearly everyone else walking down the street. It never occurred to me that I might be addicted to anything. Like everyone else I got up in the morning and went to work. I was productive at my job and provided my family with a very nice life-style. How could I be an addict?

It took more than a family intervention to convince me I have an addiction. Begrudgingly, I accepted my family’s challenge and entered a rehab facility. Several weeks into the program I recognized how far I’d fallen. What I’ve came to realize from my experiences and those of countless others, is that addiction is expanding all around us, and that there are more people unaware or in denial of their addictions than those that know.

I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility; the duty of making the right choices for ourselves and the people close to us. Yet the more I see of the emerging world we live in, the more I realize how our choices can be undermined.

One might think that the addiction rate would decrease considering all the huge leaps in science and medicine over the last twenty plus years that have given us a far better understanding of the roots of addiction and a clear path to treatment. But the salient fact is that the inverse has happened. Seven out of ten Americans are taking some form of medication and opiates are on the top of the list. Even more concerning is that we consume 80% of all the pain killers made in the world today. Drug overdose deaths are up for 11th consecutive year and prescription drugs now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. But why; do we have that much more pain than the rest of the world or have we become an addictive society?

In a New York statewide consolidation lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, manufacturers of OxyContin, the attorneys referred to their 1000 clients as ‘accidental addicts.’ These were mostly regular hard working people who were prescribed OxyContin for a work or sports related injury by a doctor they trusted. Unfortunately their trust in their doctor – and the doctors’ trust in the pharmaceutical company were both betrayed. Not long after the lawsuit was filed, Purdue Pharma and three of its executives pleaded guilty in federal court to other criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused. The industry leader in the manufacture and sales of opiate analgesics was ordered to pay a $634.5 million fine. However, OxyContin is still on the market without any changes to the extremely addictive product whatsoever. Last year Purdue Pharma’s sales exceeded $3.0 billion dollars.

Recently, a paper I’d contributed to with Dr. Ken Blum was published in the highly regarded international medical and scientific peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE. To view the entire article please visit: http://bit.ly/1bvGIrY In the paper we revealed the results of a longitudinal study on the long-term effects of the popular opiate maintenance drug Suboxone®. What we found was a flat affect or a lack of outward expression of emotion – a diminished facial, gestural, and vocal expression resulting from long-term use. Certainly Suboxone® is safer than street heroin but they’re both opiates. Why are we switching heroin users and some prescription drug addicts to a prescription opiate rather than getting them off drugs all together? Throughout my career I’ve counseled countless numbers of people using pharmaceutical opiates like Suboxone® to manage their addiction. I can tell you first had that keeping these people on opiates for extended period compromises their rehab and makes a successful life of sobriety that much more challenging. The best path is not to extend their addiction but to address it as soon as possible.

Our addictive society extends its reach far beyond substance abuse. Not long ago I was asked to be a keynote speaker, along Dr. Ken Blum, at the 1st International Conference on Behavioral Addictions held in Budapest, Hungary. The hot topic at the conference was “Process Addictions.” These are the addictions – such as sex, food, gambling, Internet, exercise, bulimia, anorexia, gaming and so on – that lurk in the shadow of their big brother, substance abuse. What most people don’t realize about these addictions is that in most cases they have a similar effect on the brain and can be just as debilitating as substance abuse – even deadly. The question asked most at the conference was ‘why the explosion of addiction?’

Dr. Blum is uniquely qualified to answer part of the question. Over twenty-years ago he discovered the reward gene which is often referred to as the addiction/alcohol gene. What he discovered was that people who have the DRD2 –A1 gene do not process the brain chemical Dopamine – the primary neurotransmitter of reward and pleasure – effectively. As a result, people with this gene often unconsciously resort to external stimuli that they’ve learned triggers the production of Dopamine as compensation. They might turn to abusing drugs or food, sex, gaming, et cetera because this behavior stimulates production of Dopamine that aids in normalizing their brain function.

Dr. Blum’s discovery forever changed the way we view and treat addiction. From his studies spanning four-decades, he estimates that over one-third of the American public – or roughly 100,000,000 people – have this addiction gene. That is not to say that one-in-three Americans are addicts; but rather one-in-three have a genetic predisposition and are more susceptible to addiction.

For these people the choices in front of them are much less clear. Keep in mind they’re doing what their subconscious is telling them to do. When confronted with stress or anxiety, it would be normal for them to eat a sugary treat – or some other high glycemic food that boosts their Dopamine level. It’s what makes them feel normal and able to cope with their stressful environment – and the food industry has taken notice.

Glucose is necessary for the brain to function. It’s a brain and body fuel that gives us energy. When blood sugar levels start to dip the brain sends a message to cells instructing them eat more to replenish its stores. Once blood sugar levels return back to normal the brain turns those cells off. Although sugar is necessary for the body to survive, extended periods of high blood sugar levels will kill body and brain cells over time. Someone who consumes excessive amounts of sugary or high glycemic foods to boost their Dopamine levels is likely positioning themselves for a very unhealthy life.

Even more concerning to me is high fructose corn syrup; an inexpensive sweeter made from corn that is found in nearly every soda, fast food restaurant and packaged food – a trillion dollar industry. It too provides the brain and body with the energy it needs, but it doesn’t have an off switch. High fructose corn syrup literally fools the brain into thinking it needs more food. A person’s blood sugar levels could be in a normal range or even elevated and that individual would still be craving food. For all intent and purposes, if you eat junk food, it will make you want to eat more junk food.

People have asked me if sugar is really addictive. According to Dr. Blum, absolutely. He says it only takes a matter of minutes after sugar has been consumed to reach the brain and has an effect similar to cocaine. Sugar stimulates the production of the ‘feel good’ chemicals that affects our mood and behavior. We’ve had a lot of success treating people with food and sugar addiction at my center. I can assure you it is an addiction. People experience withdraws similar to drug abusers although not as intense. They regularly meet with therapist to uncover the emotional underpinnings of their addiction and learn a new way to approach their life and handle stress in their environment.

Sugar has been known to be toxic and thought to be addictive for quite some time; yet our sugar consumption has increased from an average of 10 pounds per person in 1800 to 140 pounds per person per year today. Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times, who has done extensive research into the food industry, puts it into perspective. In an article he wrote titled, ‘The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food,’ Moss stated: “What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort – taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles – to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.”

Caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware.”

Having begun my addiction treatment career nearly thirty years ago, and running my center for the majority of that time, I have the advantage of reflection. What I’m seeing right now is we’re headed deeper into an addictive society where our good choices can be unwittingly compromised. Our best defense is education. Take a few minutes to understand addiction so that you can recognize the behaviors in yourself and the loved ones around you. Click on my website link below to find out more. I’d also suggest you consider holistic as a first option for your health needs. There’s a plethora of evidenced-based and scientifically-proven remedies for you and your doctor to consider. The best advice of all comes from the Greek physician Hippocrates who proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Please feel free to call me directly at (786) 271-5732 for any questions you may have. Also for the latest development in cutting-edge treatment check out my website: http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com

THE TWELVE STEPS ARE A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION

IcrSTEP 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “Many people are living in an emotional jail without realizing it.” (Virginia Satir)

THE FIVE DAILY GOALS OF A RECOVERY WARRIOR 
Meditate: Hit the “pause” button on your brain by taking a series of slow, deep, breaths.

Read: You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. You will receive a daily email to motivate, inspire, nurture, and empower you.

Serve: Do something to alleviate the suffering of other people on the planet.

Exercise: You can begin by parking your car at the end of the parking lot instead of five yards from the front.

Eat Healthy. You can begin by ordering a medium instead of a large order of fries.

Start each day by having the intention of accomplishing these five noble goals. Having the intention is important because it will keep you focused on the target, even if you don’t hit it every day. With the Virtual Recovery Coach, you’re aiming for progress not perfection. Here are the benefits you can expect to receive:

He will be with you 24/7.
You will have a more restful sleep at night.
You will start your day with have higher energy levels; less fatigue and exhaustion
You will have more self-esteem
You will improve your mental focus under pressure
You will learn how to neutralize stressors that used to mentally and emotionally drain you.
You will learn how to create – huge emotional displacements and rearrangements.
You will have access to powerful resources that will, over time, enable you to rise, like the Phoenix, from the ashes of an unfulfilled life and become sober in the fullest sense of the word:
Well balanced!
Realistic!
Sensible!
Dignified!
Rational!
Not driven to extremes in emotion or thought!

Isn’t that what you really want?

RECOVERY MATTERS
“We cannot grow very much unless we constantly try to envision what the eternal values are.” (As Bill Sees It.” (Page 15)

BOOK OF THE MONTH: Addiction and Grace, by Gerald May

Namaste, (The light in me honors the light in you.)
jack@thelazarushouse.net

Self-Esteem Effects Decision Making

self EsteemWhat is it about our self-esteem that will drive some of us to the outer edges of our sanity? Throughout my nearly thirty-year career as an addiction counselor, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life. Some had the strongest addictions imaginable – others not so much. Addicts have died in my arms while others go on to lead happy and productive lives. In every case self-esteem played a role.

Our Addictive Society
Part II: The Neo Opium Wars

I’ve come to believe that how we perceive our self worthiness effects every decision and choice we make, no matter how large or small. The value we place on ourselves is like a song playing on an endless tape loop in the background of our conscious mind. It is constantly telling us what we should like or dislike, what we should or shouldn’t do, how to feel when we’re rejected and even where we fit in socially.

Therapy has helped a lot of people with self-esteem issues. I’ve seen tremendous development in people in short periods of time. It just seems that for some people, once they begin to realize what is playing in the background they’re able to change the tune. However for others, it can be much more challenging. They often have a physical issue with their body or a poor perception of how they look to others that prevents them from overcoming these issues with therapy. Some people just need to physically change who they see in the mirror every morning to rid themselves of their emotional demons.

One of the greatest advancements in aesthetic treatment to come out in a very long time is Coolsculpting. Dr. Oz said CoolSculpting is “a lunchtime procedure that is going to revolutionize the fight against fat. It’s giving Liposuction a run for its money.” CoolSculpting is a painless non-surgical fat reduction procedure with negligible side effects. After a long and arduous study that demonstrated efficacy in both humans and animals, the procedure was approved in 2010 by the FDA.

The impetus behind the development of the Coolsculpting procedure was a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in April 1970. A few researchers at the time were intrigued by how children who sucked on popsicles had developed dimples. What the researchers discovered was that constant exposure to cold caused a loss of fat tissue. In this case, the children lost fat tissue on the sides of their mouths – causing dimples – due to the prolonged exposure to the cold popsicles. They even came up with a name for it, Popsicle Panniculitus. Years later, scientists revisited the study with fat reduction in mind. Eventually they developed a procedure that was scientifically proven to reduce fat tissue in selected areas of the body.

Everyone’s body is unique in the way and where they store fat. People with higher metabolisms burn more energy through the course of a normal day thus storing less energy. For the rest of us, it’s not that easy. Even people who are committed to a healthy lifestyle, people who watch their diet and exercise regularly, are subject to fatty areas on their bodies. For some it’s the stomach area while others it might be the thighs and so on. Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of Coolsculpting is its ability to target specific problem areas. It’s a localized procedure that has a big impact on target areas carrying unwanted fat.

The Coolsculpting procedure  was developed by Harvard scientists. It works on everyone.  It is considered a ‘lunchtime procedure’ with no significant side effects or down time. There are no scalpels or needles. After a treatment you can go about your daily activities like you normally would. Treatments take about an hour per area of the body being treated. Most centers have one device. However, at Laser Therapy Spa, we appreciate just how valuable your time is. To that end, we’ve added a second device so that you can have two procedures in one hour. For example, if you want to reduce the size of your love handles you should plan on a one hour procedure at the Laser Therapy Spa or two hours at other centers.

Before a Coolsculpting procedure begins a thin fabric is placed over the area being treated. A small devise is then placed on the treatment area. The device creates an air tight pocket while sucking the skin inward. The target area is exposed to very low temperatures, freezing the fat away. Exposure to low temperatures can selectively damage fat below the surface while leaving the skin intact and unharmed. The intense cold flips a switch in fat cells causing them to self-destruct and be naturally reabsorbed back into the body.

The side effects of Coolsculpting are minimal. Some people say they feel a little tingling and cold during the first few minutes of the procedure before the low temperatures numb the targeted area. Redness, soreness and minor swelling can occur after the procedure.

I’ve always been an advocate for exercise and good nutrition. From my experiences, if there ever was a panacea for what ails you, exercise and a balanced diet would be it. Coolsculpting is not a substitute for healthy living, nor is it a weight-loss program. But what it will do is eliminate unnecessary fat cells from your body. Once the fat cells self-destruct they never return. As they are naturally reabsorbed by the body the tissue begins to compress, taking inches off the treated area. Most people start seeing results a few weeks after the procedure. It takes a couple of months before you’ll see the full result as it takes this long for the body to absorb the unwanted fat cells. The amount of inches lost varies from person to person, but over all we’ve had great success. People keep coming back and referring their friends.

Throughout my counseling career, people have sought me out because they wanted change. There was something in their live that they simply could no longer tolerate. Their challenges have always been the catalyst that drives me to learn and do everything I can to help them slay their personal dragons.  What I’ve come to realize from working with so many people from such diverse backgrounds over the decades is just how much of an influence self-esteem has on our every day lives. How we judge ourselves can force us to the fringes of society or help us become the toast of the town. It can be the difference between happiness and gloom, success and failure.

Often in our fast pace lives, we unconsciously put our own needs on a back burner while we tend to the immediate situations in front of us. I’d suggest to everyone reading this to stop what you’re doing for a moment and just focus on you. Ask just one question; “am I happy about the way I look and feel about myself?”

John Giordano DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Founder of the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, Laser Therapy Spa in Hallandale Beach and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department. For the latest development in cutting-edge treatment check out my website: http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com

Dopamine and Addiction

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Dopamine and AddictionBy John Giordano DHL, MAC – Imagine for a moment what it would be like feeling as though you can never get enough. Have you ever been there? A place where no matter what you do or how hard you try you’re just not satisfied. You’re left to feel like you need more. Perhaps it’s your work or maybe its money. Or maybe you’re on a roll and can’t stop yourself from continuing knowing in your heart there is more at the end of this run..

Have you ever wondered what would it be like to be hungry all the time – to eat a meal and not feel sated and wanting more while others at the table are just fine?

This is a just tiny glimpse through a window looking at some of the feelings a person with an addiction experiences. The satisfaction you feel when you’ve completed a job or the feeling you get with a pat on the back for a job well done comes from Dopamine. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same level of satisfaction; in fact some don’t feel it at all.

Certainly we’re all familiar with the big brothers of addiction; drug and alcohol abuse. However process addictions such as gambling, food, sex, gaming, retail therapy and yes, even money are proving to have similar effects on the brain as substance abuse and can be just as self-destructing. The common thread between all of these addictions is Dopamine (DA); the primary neurotransmitter of reward and pleasure and the most important brain chemical you’ve probably never heard of.

Dopamine is one of the “Feel Good” brain chemicals. As a neurotransmitter, its responsibility is to communicate messages to other areas of the brain. DA’s message is one of calm and well being. A neurotransmission functions similar to an electronic transmission; in fact it’s not all that much different from you emailing a select group of friends. Emails use electricity to form, transmit and receive messages while the brain uses electricity and chemicals. Although Dopamine plays many roles in brain function, the brain chemical has earned its greatest notoriety from its vital role in the reward system.

In medical circles Dopamine is known as “the reward chemical,” and/or the “pleasure molecule.” It’s produced in the brain and directly influences our enjoyable experiences. It holds sway on our likes and dislikes, our dreads and desires and even love. When functioning properly, DA takes its cue and travels throughout the reward circuit announcing to the receiving cells that all is good. As a result, the rest of the brain simply goes about their business.

Everyday in our hectic lives we go through our normal routines that give us cues that can activate our reward system. It could be something as simple as your partner randomly flashing a smile at you or from the excitement you feel when you see your son or daughter return home from school after acing a test you helped them prepare for. These little unexpected gifts of life that keep us in good spirits are derived from our reward system when DA is being produced and processed properly.

However not all brains work the same. Everyone is unique in the way their brains produce and utilize DA. It’s a delicate balance. Parkinson’s disease, depression and propensities to addiction are a result of too little Dopamine while too much can lead to a false sense of euphoria and schizophrenia.

My close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum – discoverer of the reward gene – make understanding Dopamine and its functions his life’s work. His major contributions to the understanding of the reward system made global headlines. Part of what Dr. Blum’s seminal discovery revealed is that some people’s brains have fewer Dopamine receptors than others by as much as minus 40%. Dr. Blum’s discovery completely changed the way the medical profession viewed addiction and its treatment. He found that even though Dopamine production was up to par, people with the addiction gene – DRD2-A1 – had a limited ability to process the chemical. To go back to my email analogy; what Dr Blum discovered would be like you sending out an ‘all is good’ email to friends only to have a significant number of those emails bounce back. Your friends, who are accustom to receiving your ‘all is good’ message, never got it. So, just how do you think your friends who are expecting your email and don’t receive it might feel; a little stressed out perhaps? The same pretty much holds true in the brain.

The condition “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” (RDS) was discovered by Dr. Blum. He describes the condition this way: ‘when levels of Dopamine and other “feel good” chemicals are low or blocked from the brain’s receptors; stress, pain, discomfort and agitation are the result. This condition is called “Reward Deficiency Syndrome.”

The human body is an amazing mechanism. It recognizes imbalances and sets out to right them. The medical field refers to this as homeostasis or the ability to maintain a constant internal environment in response to environmental changes. This stabilization of equilibrium also plays out for people who have RDS.

Individuals with Reward Deficiency Syndrome experience reward and pleasure on much lower level when compared to people with normally functioning dopaminergic neurotransmission. Their Dopamine may be depleted or not utilized properly. As a consequence, their brains set into motion a quest to locate external dopamine stimulating scenarios. It’s not a conscious decision but rather a subconscious response. People with RDS have a propensity to abuse drugs and alcohol. They’ll seek out thrilling experiences and engage in risky behavior in an effort to spike their DA Levels. These people are not abusing drugs to get high and they’re certainly not eating sugary delights because of their nutritional value. They unwittingly do these things to raise their Dopamine levels thus normalizing their brain chemistry.

These behaviors are not solely reserved by drug abusers. What we’re finding is food addiction is rising at an increasingly alarming rate. Food addiction and obesity, especially in children, has become a major concern in the medical and scientific community. My suspicion is that sugar – including anything that is converted to sugar in the body – plays a key role in this epidemic. Sugar and its inexpensive substitutes are found in nearly all of the process foods, fast foods, sodas and fruit drinks that we consume. What most people don’t realize when they’re enjoying their favorite comfort food is that sugar can be addictive. Dr Blum says it only takes a matter of minutes from the time sugar touches the tongue to the time it begins to influence the reward system. Sugar affects the brain in the same way as heroin, causing a flood of Dopamine in the reward circuitry. The ensuing feeling of euphoria one gets is also similar to heroin although not as intense.

Dopamine is not always about fun and games and enjoyable moments. It also acts as – and is often referred to – the anti-stress molecule. Stress occurs when the brain perceives a situation as disagreeable or dangerous. It’s a response to harmful, threatening, or challenging events or stimuli. When the brain perceives a threat, it activates the “flight or fight” system; one of our primitive survival modes encoded in our DNA. In turn, the brain releases Dopamine and stress hormones to ready for the challenge. When a danger finally passes or the perceived threat is over, your brain initiates a reverse course of action that releases a different bevy of bio-chemicals throughout your body. Depending on the assessed long-term impact of the threat, it can take anywhere from half an hour to several days before you return to your normal resting state.

There are three types of stress: acute, eustress and distress. Acute stress occurs rapidly and often can feel severe. Perhaps the best way to describe it is receiving an ‘end of day’ deadline in the middle of the afternoon. Although nerve-racking at the time, there is no long-term damage.

Eustress is often considered ‘good stress.’ It’s the type of stress that helps us put our feet on the floor in the morning ready to meet the day’s challenges. In combination with Dopamine, eustress aids in our ability to learn.  It’s usually short-term and actually releases some of the ‘feel good’ chemicals including dopamine. A good example of eustress would be the feeling you get when you’re working towards goals or competing in sports. Eustress is not considered dangerous and has little to no side effects.

Distress on the other hand is long-term and has the potential to be very unhealthy. This occurs when someone is unable to adapt to stressors. People in distress cope in both negative and positive ways. Regardless, distress is unhealthy, is known to cause type 2 diabetes, create and/or contribute to heart conditions, damage the brain and connectivity and increase ones susceptibility to addiction. Clinical investigation has confirmed that stress contributes to the development, maintenance, and outcome of substance use disorders.

As you can clearly see, distress can wreak havoc on your brain. Everyday stress depletes your stores of dopamine and serotonin. Considering the amped-up lifestyle we lead where no one is immune to stress, dealing with its effects in a positive way is a must if we intend to maintain good mental health. Anyone who has read any of my past articles knows that I’m an advocate of healthy diet and exercise. Over my nearly thirty-year career in holistic addiction treatment I’ve reviewed a mountain of research. What I’ve found is that the twin common threads that leads to a healthy body and mind is none other than a healthy diet and exercise. However there is a caveat.

The unfortunate reality in our fast-paced lives is that it is nearly impossible to get all of our nutritional requirements from the food available for us to eat. Sure everyone eats enough to get their daily calories but what about the all important vitamins and minerals our body and brain needs. Scientific research has shown that certain amino acids are essential for a properly functioning brain. Deficiencies in amino acids can contribute to chronic illnesses, anxiety, depression, blunted alertness, shortened attention span, learning deficiencies, memory loss and general bad mood.

It is for these reasons, and the lack of quality amino acids available on the market, that lead me to formulate my own supplements designed to improve mental health. My signature nutraceutical, Mental Clarity, has been shown to improve cognition, memory and energy while minimizing emotional responses to stress. In addition I’ve also formulated other high quality amino acid supplements that support healthy brain function and balance to your neurotransmitters including: Tyrosine for effective Dopamine production and utilization, Tryptophan the precursor to Serotonin, a special Anti-Stress formula designed to calm your edgy nerves and a host of others. You can find all of my specially formulated nutraceuticals on my website www.lasertherapyspa.com

It goes without saying that with over 10 billion neurons the human brain is a very complex and delicate instrument. Every second there are more than 100,000 chemical reactions in your brain. In fact, if you’re an average adult that reads prose text at 275 words per minute, than in the time that it took you to read this far into the paragraph, your brain processed over a million chemical reactions. It can be a bit overwhelming, but I bring you this information so that you can grasp the complexities that we generally don’t think about and to expose the risks to our mental health and wellbeing that we face everyday. We live in an age where I believe the environment is changing faster that we are able to adapt. That being said, I no longer think we can take our mental health for granted and must be pro-active and take control our own well-being so that we can achieve homeostasis and enjoy our lives to the fullest.

John Giordano DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Founder of the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, Laser Therapy Spa in Hallandale Beach and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department. For the latest development in cutting-edge treatment check out his website: http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com

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Rockin’ For Prevention

Dear Friends,
Rockers In Recovery and SAMHSA invite you to participate in National Prevention Week 2015.

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Communities nationwide are at the heart of this observance and host events to:

  • Increase the visibility of behavioral health and the benefits of prevention,
  • Provide a forum to educate the public, and
  • Create opportunities for networking and collaboration.

MAY 22-24 – ROCKIN’ FOR PREVENTION   

RIR Prevention Week Event – Rockers In Recovery & Hope All Day Foundation invite you to: May 22-24, Hope Fest 2015 – The event will take place at the The Hope All Day Recover Foundation located at 600 S. Odessa Avenue, Galloway Township, NJ 08205. Learn More About The Event  Click Here

 

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If you’re already planning a community event this year:

  • Consider connecting your event to National Prevention Week 2015. Capitalize on the momentum and exposure of this national movement.

Haven’t started planning a community event yet? It’s not too late!

  • SAMHSA provides planning tips and tools to help you organize a prevention-focused event in your community.

Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week  to learn more about National Prevention Week 2015 and how you can get involved. The website is also a place where SAMHSA can promote your organization’s National Prevention Week event.

Please contact me if you need more information. You can also contact SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week Coordinator, David Wilson, at (240) 276-2588 or david.wilson@samhsa.hhs.gov .

 

All the best,

Lori Sullivan – 954-826-5968

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John Giordano – The New RIR Director of Community Addiction Education
John Giordano DHL, CCJS, MAC, CAP is an expert in the treatment of addiction and the founder of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS). He is the author of “Proven Holistic Treatment For Addiction & Chronic Relapse,” and his most recent book is the acclaimed: “How To Beat Your Addictions And live A Quality Life.” See more @ http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com/

 

Mr. Giordano has contributed to over sixty-five research papers with his close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum, discoverer of the addiction gene. Their papers have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals such as: Medical Hypotheses, BMC-Cases Journal, The IIOAB Journal, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, BMC- Medical Case Reports, Medical Hypothesis, Journal of Post Graduate Medicine, Neurophramacology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Journal, and American Journal of Psychiatry.

In his pursuit of organizing and developing new holistic treatments for addiction, Mr. Giordano founded the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS); a think-tank and research facility where world-renown scientists and addiction professionals conduct clinical studies in developing evidence-based new and alternative treatments for addiction.

Giordano’s achievements have not gone unnoticed; he is the media’s most sought after addiction expert. Mr. Giordano has appeared on countless notable national and local TV programs such as: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, FOX Mornings with Mike and Juliet, Tom Brokaw NBC News, ABC news, CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Geraldo, and “Interventions” on A&E as well as many other national and local TV and radio shows.

Giving back to his community has always been core principle of Mr. Giordano’s. His efforts to better his community have also been recognized. Florida State Congresswoman Carrie Meek presented Mr. Giordano with the distinguished “Martin Luther King Award” for his work in the community. He was also awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the Homeless Community of Dade County and the Humanitarian Award from South Florida Public Television Station, WPBT.

Giordano has played a pivotal role in ushering evidenced-based, holistic (comprehensive approach) protocols into the mainstream of addiction medicine. He first became

interested in alternative medicine while training in karate when he was fourteen. Years later – and at a time when most had never heard the term ‘holistic’ much less understand it’s meaning – Giordano was hard at work developing modalities founded in holistic principles. He learned early in his counseling career the important roll amino acids played in proper brain function. The lack of quality amino acids available on the market forced Giordano to begin formulating his own with a focus on mental health. His signature nutraceutical, Mental Clarity, has been shown to improve cognition, memory and energy while minimizing emotional responses to stress.

Mr. Giordano is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Addiction Professionals (FL/NAADAC 2010 & 2011), and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA, 2010 & 2011). He is also a member of The American Hypnotherapy Foundation, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and holds the Distinguished Member Award from the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

neurotransmitterIt was by no accident that Giordano chose addiction treatment as his life’s work. Nearly thirty-years ago, at the urging of his family, John entered rehab. He emerged a changed man – committed to helping others afflicted by this hideous disease. Giordano’s new path required new knowledge. He has since earned many degrees and certifications including Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Traditional Indian Medicine Program, Master in Neurolinguistics Programming, Certified Practitioner of E.M.D.R, Certified Sentence Mitigation Specialist, Certified Mindfulness and Powerful Mind-Body Awareness Therapy Skills, International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and in 2008 he was honored with a Doctor of Human Letters from Sinai University in Jerusalem Israel.

Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of care he observed in treatment facilities, Giordano set out on his own. He opened an addiction treatment facility over twenty-years ago which evolved into G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment in North Miami Beach, Florida. The facility a 62 bed in/out patient center is one of only a handful of holistic center of its kind to earn the coveted Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) highest distinction: The Gold Seal of Approval.

In addition to his daily responsibilities; Mr. Giordano has provided counseling and trauma recovery services to law enforcement officers and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. He is a state and federal expert witness and also the Chaplin of the North Miami Police Department. Mr. Giordano trains law enforcement officers and Green Berets in self-defense and negotiation techniques.

Mr. Giordano is a karate Grand Master. He is a 5 time US National Karate Champion, and Metropolitan AAU Judo Champion. Giordano is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a 1st Degree in Judo, Jiu-jitsu. Mr. Giordano was inducted into the World Martial Arts Congress Hall of Fame in 1996. See more @ http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com/

 

What Makes RIR Unique ?

Tom Coderre ,Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA, MC of the 7th Anniversary of Rockers In Recovery, the 4th Annual Love Of Recovery Music Festival, and the RIR milestone of 20th concert productions in the last 5 years. This is what Mr. Coderre said to the attendees halfway through the fest;

“I can say at this point, Rockers In Recovery brings the private treatment sector, addiction education, and the addiction advocacy non-profit sector together in a unique way as no one else at this point is doing anywhere in the United States.

What makes RIR unique, the message is all around and through the universal language of music with some great rockers of our day. They combine it with educational speakers and advocacy groups. RIR brings it all together at their community addiction eduction meet and greets, and addiction awareness and prevention concerts/festivals.

I found as I walked around and met people today is there is a mix of families seeking help, family members of people in recovery, recovery supporters, treatment centers with their clients, the recovery community, and people from the community just coming by to see what it was all about. The one thing I have been hearing over and over is the community loved the unique message of hope.

I look forward to seeing more of RIR across the United States throughout 2015 doing Addiction Awareness, Education and Prevention through Rock-N-Roll.”

Thank You Mr. Coderre for coming to spread the message of hope through Rock-N-Roll, and for being a part of our 7th anniversary party at the Love Of Recovery Meet & Greet and Festival. Learn More About Rockers In Recovery

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Opioid/Heroin Epidemic – Unite To Fight Addiction

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT 

FEBRUARY 10, 2017  – You’re All Invited, please join us at our Unite To Fight Addiction Free Meet & Greet, February 10, 2017 7PM-10PM – The Grand Palms Hotel @ 110 Grand Palms  Dr, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 – There is limited seating.

It’s time to bring education and awareness to the current Opioid/Heroin Epidemic. This epidemic is devastating the United States as a whole, with hundreds of deaths a day nationwide. In August of 2016 Miami-Dade County had 270 overdoes, not counting the devastation going on in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  Join us in helping educate South Florida on addiction issues.

Unite To Fight Addiction – 02/10/17 Pembroke Pines,Florida
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“Recovery is a Process” and Rockers In Recovery has amassed some epic speakers on the topic. This is to help our south Florida community know that there is help, hope, and recovery is possible from addiction.

EDUCATIONAL – It’s dedicated to provide our community with addiction prevention and education information to help families, community outreach leaders and anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Much Love and Peace to All,

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Co- Founder – Rockers In Recovery
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5Th Annual –  Rockers In Recovery Free Music and Art Festival

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February 13, 2016


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Hello everyone,

On behalf of Lori, Rob, Lou, Robin, Sponsors and Myself we want to invite you to the “FREE” Love of Recovery Music & Art Festival February 13, 2016 (12PM-11PM).

LOCATION: The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028. http://goo.gl/NyKfpa

This Free private event is for ALL people in recovery, loved ones seeking help or if you’re a supporter of the recovery movement.

To ALL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and SOBER LIVING HOUSES come on out and show clients that “HAVING FUN” in recovery is indeed possible!! IT IS ALSO A DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING FREE  EVENT. Violators will be removed from the festival.

Enjoy Music,Speakers, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors , Food Vendors, Recovery Merchandise, Addiction Education, Evidenced Based Treatment Options , and Veteran Information.We have worked over the last seven years to end the sigma of addiction. We need to let people know we can enter into recovery to live purposeful lives and be of maximum service to all. How we do this is very simple ” Addiction Awareness & Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll”.Thank you to everyone for your years of support. The RIR Team looks forward to seeing everyone at the festival.

MUSIC FOR THE DAY

RIR Band  Musical Director: Lou Esposito-(Joe Walsh, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry)

RIR ALL-STAR BAND ROCKIN’ MUSICAL CONTRIBUTORS:
Mark Stein -(The Vanilla Fudge)
Eliot Jacobs– (The Capris)
Greg Deppe– (Bruce Springsteen and Soul Cruisers)
John Gianoulis– (Earl Slick Band and Felix Cavaliere)
Jeff Ganz– (Johnny Winter and Lou Reed Bands)

RIR BAND SPECIAL GUEST ROCKERS:
Ben Smith – (Heart)
Jeff Ousley – (Heart)
David Shelley- (Cher ,Government Mule)
David Uosikkinen -(The Hooters)
Colin McGuinness -( Axl Rose,The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Tommy Conwell – (Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers)
Share Ross-(VIXEN)
Bam Tastic – (The Dogs D’Amour)

 

 

Music & Speaker Schedule

12:15 – Rick & Susan Riccardi (Fellowship Living Foundation)

12:30 – The Few

1:15 – Barbara Theodosiou (Addicts Mom)

1:30 – Grateful Road

2:15 – Kristen Harper (The Recovery Schools)

2:30 – Crush

3:15 – John Lehman – (FARR- Florida Association of Recovery Residences)

3:30 – Chillbillies

4:15 – Brittany Ringersen – (Young People in Recovery)

4:30 – Mrs. Chows Funhouse

5:30 – Michael DeLeon – (Steered Straight, Inc.)

5:30 – McCartney Mania

6:15 – Alton Smith- (The Academy for Addiction Professionals)

6:30 – Dave Shelley & The Bluestone

7:30 – Casey Montana & Friends Unplugged

7:45 – Lori & Rob Recovery Count Down

8PM SHOW -RIR All-Star Band & Guest Rockers

10:00 – Closing Ceremonies – Lori Sullivan & Rob Vincent

MAIN Sponsors Introduced

Speaker – Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor to SAMHSA.

Closing Songs – RIR Band and All Guest Rockers

Please contact 954-826-5968 for more information

 

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THIS IS A PRIVATE FESTIVAL – IT IS ALSO A DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING FREE  EVENT.
Violators will be removed from the festival.

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MAKE IT A RECOVERY VACATION FLORIDA IN FEBRUARY.

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What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Do Together

Rockers In Recovery – “Addiction Awareness & Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll”. Our goal is to provide education and support about addiction, as well as, drug and alcohol rehab treatment options to different communities across the United States. READ MORE

SAMHSA is proud to partner with Rockers In Recovery along with the following federal agencies and national organizations, and thanks them for their support of  National Prevention Week. Read More > http://goo.gl/cHA2uL   

Please get To know The RIR – Recovery Network:

RIR- Recovery Network facilities are located across the country, offering unmatched programs and services that honor mind, body and soul. The addiction treatment and detox facilities work with HMO’s, Commercial Insurances, MEDICARE, or self pay.

The Gardens at Lake Worth – Get to know Meredith Turnbull Click Link > http://goo.gl/0e6pym or by calling 850-273-2112

Pro-Act of Philadelphia – Get to know Fred Martin Click Link >  http://goo.gl/6WMqHP or by calling 215-923-1661

Serenity Centers of Tennessee – Get to know George Massengill or Davis Click Link > http://goo.gl/FaLrZ4  or by calling 865-696-8169

Advanced Health and Education of New Jersey –  Get to know Frank Norton Click Link >   http://goo.gl/mgJhwk or by calling 978-407-4814

Above All Recovery Center– Get To Know Steven Schwartz Click Link > http://goo.gl/Jv7lxt   or by calling 954-825-9242

Destination Hope – Get To Know Candice ConwayClick Link > http://goo.gl/0MwvNC or by calling 954-200-9480
The Recovery Village – Get To Know Lisa Crawford Click Link > http://goo.gl/oSLiYX  or by calling 914-391-2949

The Shores Treatment and Recovery – Get To Know Lyle Fried  Click Link > http://goo.gl/gR6qbB  or by calling 772-332-8711

All About Recovery– Get To Know Stephanie Humphries Click Link > http://goo.gl/vCTCPN or by calling 561-502-7874

KLEAN Treatment Centers Long Beach, Washington – Get to know Milt Click Link > http://goo.gl/7uLEUg

Fellowship Living – Get To know Rick & Susan Riccardi Click Link > http://goo.gl/BHUDQk  or by calling (954) 249-5589

Proud Prevention Corporate Sponsors: 

LavaLeads – Get To Know Vic Talha by calling 954-234-1191 or Click The Link >http://goo.gl/D9DJ0c

Advanced Medical Laboratories – Get To Know Dave (Reginald Jones) Click Link > http://goo.gl/4zuMJ7  or by calling 754-779-1830

Proud Community Partners:

Young People In Recovery – YPR is a national grassroots organization focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery. Find a meeting in your area > http://goo.gl/6oBkQ9

The Addict’s Mom – To fulfill our vision of “Sharing without Shame,” and our mission, The Addict’s Mom has put forth an ambitious program, achieving the following in the past years. See More > http://goo.gl/iIEn08

Faces and Voices Of Recovery  – They Mobilize and organize to raise the profile of the organized recovery community and help more people find recovery by demonstrating that over 23 million Americans from all walks of life have found recovery and promote widespread understanding that long-term recovery is a reality and a process that takes time and support. Learn More >http://goo.gl/YPdMN4

The Association of Recovery Schools – Registered 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization comprised of recovery high schools as well as associate members and individuals who support the integral growth of the recovery high school movement. Learn More > http://goo.gl/i5C13H

Join The RIR Prevention Team – Become a sponsor or supporter Click Link > http://goo.gl/fawiRH. or call 954-826-4920

“What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Do Together” 

 

 

Sincerely,

Lori Sullivan

President/ Co- Founder

RIR Corporate Office
954-826-5968
Visit Us At – RockersInRecovery.org

Sobriety and Recovery Fun

BannerFans.com“I have other obligations now- the show, my family, my life…though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.” -Rob Lowe

Often times, during recovery boredom can set in and we may find ourselves blaming other people. That is our first mistake; the people we tend to blame are the ones who love us and support us the most.

Instead of playing the blame game, we need to take a step back and remember that no one said that recovery was going to be easy. We need to be thankful for the changes we have made to better our lives.

It may seem like a difficult task having fun during sobriety and recovery. Changing how we celebrate and have fun is no easy task.

We have changed our habits, so now we must change the way we see things. Our sobriety and recovery is a gift… a gift we chose. The reasons why we chose it don’t really matter anymore. Instead of focusing on being bored, we can focus on being happy and present in the moment. It’s time to meet new people and participate in new activities with caring people who will provide us with acceptance and comfort.

We are not alone in our recovery. So many people have walked the same path and felt the same things we do. These wonderful people are more than willing to show us how to overcome boredom while on our road to recovery with warmth and love.

Please get To know Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Addiction Network:

Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Addiction Network facilities are located across the country, offering unmatched programs and services that honor mind, body and soul. The addiction treatment and detox facilities work with HMO’s, Commercial Insurances, MEDICARE, or self pay.

Just Believe Recovery Center – Get to know Frank Marino click link http://goo.gl/NuYq9o or by calling 561-729-4318

The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) Get to know John Lehman click link http://goo.gl/kiVxm2 or by calling 561-288-1721

Above All Recovery Center – Get To Know Steven Schwartz Click Link > http://goo.gl/Jv7lxt or by calling 954-825-9242

Destination Hope – Get To Know Candice ConwayClick Link > http://goo.gl/0MwvNC or by calling 954-200-9480

The Shores Treatment and Recovery – Get To Know Lyle Fried Click Link > http://goo.gl/gR6qbB or by calling 772-332-8711

All About Recovery – Get To Know Stephanie Humphries Click Link > http://goo.gl/vCTCPN or by calling 561-502-7874

Fellowship Living – Get To know Rick & Susan Riccardi Click Link > http://goo.gl/BHUDQk or by calling (954) 249-5589

Proud Community Partners:

 

RECOVERY MATTERS

RIR Music FestBOOK OF THE MONTH: The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruis
RECOVERY MATTERS
TRUE NORTH
Believe it or not, there are actually TWO North Poles. One is at the top of the earth. The others is known as MAGENTIC NORTH, which is actually in northern Canada. It’s what compasses point to.
If you were standing exactly on top of the magnetic north pole, your compass would point nowhere in particular since the place it is used to pointing to is at your feet. Finding magnetic north is not always easy because the spot is actually moving about 10 miles north-west every year. Since it was discovered in 1831, magnetic north has traveled many miles form from its original spot. I think the same can be said of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since it was founded in 1935, it has traveled many miles from its original spot. Believe it or not, there are actually two A.A.’s.
OLD A.A. AND NEW A.A.
OLD A.A: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” (A.A. Page 45)
NEW A.A: “Came to believe that a power less than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”(Doorknobs, etc.)
 
OLD A.A: “Our real purpose is to become spiritually fit so we can be of maximum service to God, and the
                     people God puts in our lives.” (A.A. Page 77)
NEW A.A: “Our real purpose focus all our attention on ourselves so we don’t end up back in treatment.”
 
OLD A.A:  “We decided to go to any lengths to achieve victory over alcohol.” (A.A. Page 76)
NEW A.A “We are powerless over our addiction to alcohol or any other drug.”
 
OLD A.A: “Remind the prospect that their recovery is not dependent upon people. It is dependent upon their
                     relationship with God.” (A.A. Page 99)
NEW A.A: “Remind the prospect that their recovery is dependent upon meetings; meeting makers make it.”
OLD A.A: “The problem has been removed. It does not exist for us.” (A.A. Page 85)
NEW A.A:  “The problem will never be removed.”
 
OLD A.A: “We have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol.” (A.A. Page 84)
NEW A.A: The fight with alcohol or any other drug will stop ten minutes after we are dead.”
 
OLD A.A: “You may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.” (A.A. P 44)
NEW A.A. “If you just don’t drink and go to lots of meetings, you’ll be fine.”
OLD A.A. “Unless each A.A. member follows, to the best of his ability, our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant.” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Page 174)
NEW A.A.” Think of it this way: Just at you can have your hamburger the way you like it at Burger King, you can have your recovery the way you like it in A.A.. Just do the Steps you like, and leave out the rest.”
OLD A.A. “Ask Him in your morning meditation, what you can do each day for the person who is still sick.” (A.A. Page 164)
NEW A.A. “In the morning, just ask Him to help you not pick up a drink or drug that day.”
 
OLD A.A. “We of Alcoholics Anonymous are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.” (A.A. Page xii)
NEW A.A. “We will always be recovering.”
OLD A.A. “No human power could have relieved our alcoholism but God could and would if he were sought.” (A.A. Page 60)
NEW A.A “God can’t or won’t relieve your alcoholism, you’ll always be recovering. Don’t bother asking.”
OLD A.A. “The spiritual life is not a theory, we have to live it.”
NEW A.A. “In the morning, ask Him to help you not pick up a drink or drug. Thank Him at night. You can ignore meditation. It’s really not a maintenance Step.”
OLD A.A. “We have a daily reprieve contingent upon the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” (A.A. P 85)
NEW A.A. “Here’s what you need to know. The reason people relapse is that they stop going to meetings.”
The original members of A.A. understood that their human resources:
1.      THEIR ABILITY TO REASON: I could lose my job, marriage, career, driver’s license, custody of my children, go to prison, etc., and
2.      THEIR LOVE: For their spouses, partner’s, children, and families – disappeared when cravings for alcohol or drugs hi-jacked their brain and emotions.
I f our powerful human resources, our ability to reason, and the love we have for our families, completely failed us, who came up with the brilliant idea we could turn to powers less than ourselves: potato chip bags, doorknobs, rolls of toilet paper, empty shoe boxes or key chains to get the Power we need to achieve the victory over the obsessive thoughts, compulsive feeling, and physical cravings that ruled our lives?
Perhaps the “change” that’s needed is not “new” change, but “old” change, for example, in OLD A.A. agnostics and atheists were told to use the “group” as their Higher Power; not a chair or door knob.
Namaste,

Supporters of Recovery

RIR Music FestRIR Music Fest is not an us and them thing:

We are so excited about this years free festival not only is it a time for all people who want to celebrate recovery to come together. It’s also a time for old recovery friends to come together to enjoy some great music and some awesome art produced by people who are in recovery or support recovery.

Supporters of recovery help us every day in our recovery wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, moms dads, friends and employers. They also sometimes endure years of insanity living and dealing with an addict. This is a time for the supporters too.

The supporters of the recovery movement in our communities like musicians and artists that want to help because they have lost people or are struggling with someone in their lives that is suffering from the throws of addiction.  RIR Music Fest is not an us and them thing.

People need to know what their resources are and where to go. It is an important time for recovery education, addiction awareness and prevention to reach the masses because our community who suffers through their addictions and supporters of friends/family will know that recovery is  honorable and can have a positive result.

Rockers In Recovery’s focus is to help provide direct and indirect support to everyone who needs help with addiction and mental health issues. Through RIR and our supporters we can all continue to grow stronger, and better serve all those struggling with addictions, while supporting educational preventative measures and community awareness.

This event will be the anniversary of our very first concert back in February 15, of 2011. It is also the 20th concert RIR will producing for the recovery community.. We have been bringing an awesome Addiction Awareness & Prevention Message all over the U.S. to our attendees and look forward to producing many more.

We look forward to seeing everyone February 14, 2015 at CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Music starts at 12:00 PM

Much Love To All,

Lori Sullivan and John Hollis -Founders
877-799-8773

FLYER FOR – February 14, 2015 – RIR MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL

MAKE IT A RECOVERY VACATION – FLORIDA IN FEBRUARY – PLEASE SUPPORT RIR By Saving and Printing. Pass them around LETS PACK THE PLACE

Rockers In Recovery Music Festival

 

It Takes A Sponsor To Get Things Done

Rockers In Recovery Music FestivalBy Carol Harblin, Months prior to the 2015 February Rockers In Recovery festival, there is much work put into the celebration.  Not only will this year’s festival be celebrating love of recovery, but also RIR is full of gratitude for this year’s sponsors for the festival.

Just as recovering addicts require a sponsor to help them through their recovery journey, festivals, radio shows, and venues each need sponsors from steadfast community supporters.

The Academy for Addiction Professionals is an educational facility that promotes online and offline learning to people who wish to have refresher classes and to those who desire to be in the recovery addiction field.

“We value Rockers In Recovery as an organization and what it represents – that people can have fun at events and concerts without resorting to drugs and alcohol,” said Crystal Shlifer, Director of Business Development at Academy for Addiction Professionals.

From RIR Friend Jake Fleming,

“And as I predicted earlier, Philly got a classic rock a** kickin’ from the “Rockers In Recovery” All Star band. I want to thank Rob Vincent, John Hollis, Lori Sullivan, and the RIR All Stars for coming to Philadelphia and celebrating with us. It was great to finally meet you all “The struggle continues, but victory is certain!”

From RIR Friend Fred Martin,

“Rockers In Recovery and The RIR All-Star Band helped make the Pro-Act Recovery Walk a huge success this year with 22,000 people in attendance. It was directly through RIR’s branding and PR that we rocked the city of Philadelphia . Thank You RIR for all you did. People are still talking about how great the RIR All-Star Band was.”
From RIR Friend Beverly Haberle,
“Rockers In Recovery and The Rockers In Recovery All-Star Band well excited our expectations, the band was great and Pro-Act was very happy to have RIR with us.”From RIR Friend Marita O’Connell,”Rockers In Recovery made the 14th Pro-Act Recovery Walks the best walk we ever had. Thank You RIR”
From Our Friend Erin Riffe,

“RIR came to Aberdeen WA. and produced the best event we have ever had with our organization. They not only filled the seats. They also branded and marketed the organization to the point we are having them back in 2015”.  Thank You RIR you all Rock

Each of the sponsors agree that by giving back to the community it is important, because it serves the recovery community. In addition it is creating awareness to the public by association and example.

It is important that recovery education and awareness reaches the masses because people who suffer through their addictions will know that recovery is an honorable and positive result. People need to know what their resources are and where to go. Unfortunately there are people who still believe that recovery is shameful, but that is not the case anymore; recovery and coping in effective and functional ways is more respectable and honorable.

Physical, hands-on support is essential to getting things done. It takes a village to run a business. A business is there for the community, so it is essential for the community to step forward and show their gratitude for that business.

Rockers In Recovery Music & Art Festival

Site Of The “Love Of Recovery” Rockers In Recovery Music Festival

 

This event will be the anniversary of our very first concert back in February 15, 2011. It is also the 20th concert RIR have produced for the recovery community bringing an awesome Addiction Awareness & Prevention Message to our attendees.
Rockers In Recovery Addiction Awareness & Prevention Music Festival is a Free Concert, and Art Festival for ALL people in recovery or supporters of the recovery movement. It will be held February 14, 2015 at CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028, (20 Minutes From Fort Lauderdale Airport). The entire festival will be open to the public.

RIR MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP
RIR CONCERT/FESTIVAL MAIN SPONSORSHIP

RIR CONCERT/FESTIVAL BASIC SPONSORSHIP

RIR All-STAR  Band Sponsorship will include a night before meet and greet in each which is  an open meet and greet. Media, Musicians In Recovery or Supporters of Recovery, RIR Followers, Addiction Professionals, Main Sponsors, and the Public can enjoy a 2-hour hang out to get to know RIR and our sponsors.

Lori Sullivan

RIR Corporate Office
954-826-5968
877-799-8773
Pompano Beach, Fl. 33060

This is what it’s all about folks:  

From Alicia T. – Tue, 09/30/14 11:21 am
“I just wanted to thank you guys at RIR for helping me get into rehab last February. I even was allowed to bring my guitar! It was good because it forced me to deal with issues I had buried. I struggled quite a bit but finally the miracle happened for me. The obsession to use has been lifted and I have 78 days clean I love life and my recovery and I am looking forward to a year clean so I can go to hospitals and jails to spread the message of recovery. Without your help I would have overdosed because I felt hopeless to get into rehab. You guys put me in touch with the person who found a place for me when all others turned me down because of my Medicare. I will never forget and will pass it on whenever possible.”

 

RIR Music and Art Festival – February 12 & 13, 2016

“Love Of Recovery”

5th Annual –  Rockers In Recovery Free Music and Art Festival

Addiction Awareness & Prevention Message Through Rock-N-Roll

February 13, 2016

RIR is currently getting ready for the 5th Annual – Love of Recovery Music Festival – February 13, 2016 11AM – 10:30PM – Venue LOCATION: The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028.

This Years Theme – “Unite To Fight Addiction” with a night before (Feb. 12th) Gala Educational Meet & Greet Dinner with top speakers in the addiction recovery field.

Enjoy Music, Recovery Speakers, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors , Food Vendors, Recovery Merchandise, Addiction Education, Evidenced Based Treatment Options , and Veteran Information.We have worked over the last seven years to end the sigma of addiction. We need to let people know we can enter into recovery to live purposeful lives and be of maximum service to all. How we do this is very simple ” Addiction Awareness & Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll”.Thank you to everyone for your years of support. The RIR Team looks forward to seeing everyone at the festival.

Unite To Fight Addiction

MEET THE 2016 UNITE TO FIGHT ADDICTION PARTNERS:

“More bands and very special guest Rockers to be announced”

Rockers In Recovery – RIR holds a flagship all day festival once a year since 2011. It’s called the “Love Of Recovery” Rockers in Recovery Music Festival. This experience combines multiple RIR All-Star Bands that all come together, we invite musicians who are either in recovery or support recovery to help spread the message of hope through their band or solo act music. The most important message that RIR conveys to the crowds of thousands is that having fun is completely doable and possible when you combine treatment and education, because all you need is 100% mutual support of each other. Support is not a one-way street.
Unite To Fight Addiction Free Meet & Greet
February 12,2016 
“Gala Educational Meet & Greet Dinner”
Meet & Greet  Speakers: 
 
Music Performed By RIR Unplugged
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Festival Speakers 
More To Be Announced 
STREAMING LIVE – February 12 & 13 Unite To Fight Addiction – Love of Recovery Music Festival will be streaming live worldwide.. See More About This Epic South Florida Event @ Streaming
BECOME A SPONSOR
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Clearbrook Treatment Centers – “At the RIR Festival we saw thousands of people in unity (family,friends,and the recovery community) dancing, singing, and enjoying their lives. At different parts of the program, some of today’s great musicians told their stories of the perils of their addiction and what their lives are like now”.

IT IS ALSO A DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING FREE  EVENT.

Violators will be removed from the festival

Love of Recovery Music Festival Contact

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Second Chances at St. Joes

Second chance opportunity at St. Joes;

A Brief History of  St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers

In June of 1940, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement purchased the property known as Rumsey Cottage in Saranac Lake, NY to establish a friary and a novitiate. The compound of 18 acres and several Tudor style buildings was secured for $12,000.

Following the trends of the times, the Friars instituted their own schools of philosophy and theology, which earned the right from the New York State Board of Regents to confer degrees to prepare candidates for the priesthood. St. Joseph’s School of Philosophy, as the institution became known, continued until St. Pius X Seminary opened at Graymoor in 1960.

In 1970, Fr. J. Leon Kotsko proposed to the General Chapter that the Friars establish a center for the treatment of male alcoholics. Fr. Carmine Giuliano received the assignment of creating the program, and on February 9, 1971 St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center opened in the former Novitiate building, “to serve God by promoting healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency,” and to “prudently use resources to provide treatment and advocacy for those who lack the necessary resources.”

The first class was comprised of six men who arrived for a three-to-five-month period of treatment.

To facilitate the graduate’s gradual return to society, a half-way house was established in Poughkeepsie in 1973, followed by houses in Schenectady and Syracuse. A year later, another such facility opened in Waterbury, CT.

Until 1975, all costs of the program were borne by the Friars, and by gifts from able graduates. The Center’s growing reputation, however, soon lead to referrals from other than just St. Christopher’s Inn and included social services sources from throughout the State.

Following Fr. Carmine, Fr. Emil Tomaskovic arrived in 1981 to assume the role of Executive Director. St. Joseph’s growing reputation for lasting treatment contributed to both Fr. Carmine, and Fr. Emil becoming sought after lecturers at SUNY schools on the subject of alcoholism.

In 1981 the Family Program, the first residential family treatment component in the State, was begun and continues today teaching co-dependent individuals about the disease of addiction. Six years later, a separate building housing up to 16 visitors was constructed to provide families a more therapeutic space to learn and to heal.

To more fully serve the community, Outpatient clinics were established in 1986 in Saranac Lake, Malone, Elizabethtown, Ticonderoga, and Lake Placid. This expansion was followed in 1991 by the construction of a new residential wing to the Glenwood Inpatient site that doubled treatment capacity.

In 1989, Father Emil was called by the Friars to serve as the Minister General of the Friars of the Atonement. Atonement Father Arthur Johnson, CASAC, arrived in the North Country from Los Angeles that October to become the agency’s third CEO. Father Art served as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s until 1999.

St. Joseph’s continuum of care extended further with the opening of Joseph’s House Supportive Living Facility in 1998 in Poughkeepsie.

By 2005, the Fellowship, St. Joseph’s alumni organization, enjoyed a membership in excess of 4,000 men and women.

Mr. Karl Kabza joined St. Joseph’s in 2000 as CEO and served with devotion until 2007 when Bob Ross became the agency’s fourth Chief Executive Officer bringing with him 30 years of addiction treatment experience. St. Joseph’s became an independently governed agency, with full authority succeeding to St. Joseph’s Board, in 2008.In 2009, St. Joseph’s earned recognition as One of the Best Places to Work for in New York State, an honor the agency enjoyed again two years later.

Also in 2009, St. Joseph’s was one of only four addiction treatment facilities in the State to receive funding to construct an addicted veterans Community Residence for service men and women suffering from both addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The very next year, New York State and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services awarded $12,000,000 in capital funding to acquire from the Friars of the Atonement, and renovate, the Glenwood campus’s main, 53,000-square-foot building.

In 2013, St. Joseph’s opened its sixth Outpatient Clinic inthe town of Keesville in recognition of, and to meet the needs of, thetransportation difficulties many clients faced while seeking treatment.

In 2014, the Col. C. David Merkel Veterans’ Residence opened in July to serve our first 25 male veterans and their families. More importantly, a recent outcome study revealed that six months after completing the Inpatient program, a remarkable 93% of graduates maintain sobriety.

2014 also marks St. Joseph’s 43rd year of continued treatment excellence, an achievement further recognized by Saranac Lake’s Chamber of Commerce which recently designated St. Joseph’s as the community’s Best Business of the Year.

Each year we serve approximately 1,300 men, women, teens,and their families. Continuing in the tradition of the founding Friars, we provide over $300,000 in charity care. We have also grown to become one of the largest employers in the area with a staff of 139, and an annual budget that exceeds $8000, 000.

More importantly, a recent outcome study revealed that six months after completing the Inpatient program, a remarkable 93% of graduates maintain sobriety.

The story of St. Joseph’s is one of vision and progress, of expansion and strategic growth. Most meaningfully, though, the St. Joseph’s of today is a legacy of the founding Friars and of Fr. Carmine’s mission so beautifully expressed in his words, “We are called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”

You may contact the Admissions Department at

Email:  admissions@stjoestreatment.org

Telephone:  (518) 891-3950

Toll Free:  (877) 813-8647

Awareness Through Music

Awareness Through MusicSince 2008 Rockers In Recovery and the Rockers In Recovery All-Star band have provided support for people and their families suffering from all forms of addiction. How we do this, is through several concerts and festivals per year to be known as “Rockers In Recovery Concerts ”. The Rockers In Recovery Band combines cream of the crop musicians, and some serious good time Rock and Roll. We also invite other musicians that are in recovery or support recovery to help carry our message of hope through music. Most importantly the message of “Rockers In Recovery Live Concert Series” is that treatment and education mixed with ”HAVING FUN” in recovery is indeed possible!!

Rockers In Recovery’s focus is also to help provide direct and indirect support to scientists worldwide, to improve recovery rates regardless of age, gender or severity of addiction. Through this involvement RIR will continue to grow stronger, and better serve all those struggling with addictions, while supporting educational preventative measures and community awareness.

Like the conventional pairing of peas and carrots; sex, drugs, and rock n roll seem to collide more often in the same sentence, as well as in the lives of musicians that play the music. Just like celebrity addicts who are in acting, music artists are prone to those same temptations of the party scene. As many of these famous musicians that have succumbed to their substance addictions over the years (Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Kurt Cobain, Brad Nowell, Amy Winehouse), there are as many who escaped the ultimate consequence of death and now enjoy a life in active recovery.

Rockers In Recovery is also dedicated to addiction recovery through music, news, interviews, events, and festivals taking place within the clean and sober community.

Through Rockers In Recovery Radio and Productions Inc. we offer different platforms to carry the message of hope in an exciting new way. RIR Events, RIR Concerts,RIR Festivals, RIR magazine (in print and online), RIR Addiction Talk Radio, RIR TV, and RIR Live Concert and Event Streaming , makes it easy to reach 30 million per month globally with just a click of a mouse.

 

Thank You To The Following 2014 Sponsors For Making This Possible

Klean Treatment Centers:

Our addiction treatment team specializes in all aspects of chemical dependency addiction as well as co-occurring disorders. We also offer a closely and professionally monitored detoxification, using cutting-edge treatment to make detoxification a relatively comfortable and painless experience. Our carefully selected staff is a true multidisciplinary team composed of supportive, caring, experienced professionals including physicians, social workers, substance abuse counselors, and recovery technicians. All members of our staff portray warm, genuine concern and a true dedication to the recovery of our patients. http://kleantreatmentcenters.com/?aacs=RIR

 

 

The Recovery Village:

We provide complete wellness care and specialize in relapse prevention for adults struggling with substance abuse and/or eating disorders. Located minutes from Orlando, Florida at the entrance of the Ocala National Forest, our facility provides a full continuum of services; which include drug andalcohol detox, eating disorder medical stabilization, residential care, individualized and group therapy and post-treatment options. http://www.therecoveryvillage.com/?aacs=RIR

 

Destination Hope:
Destination Hope is an addiction treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that provides substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment to men suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Our unique program treats individuals in a comfortable environment where we have helped hundreds of clients break free from substance abuse. Our exceptional Florida drug rehab, alcohol rehab, and addiction recovery program fosters a healthy, constructive and comfortable environment for clients to grow as they achieve their personal goals on the road to recovery. http://www.drugrehabfl.net/?aacs=RIR

 

Clearbrook Treatment Centers

Since 1972, Clearbrook Treatment Centers, 501(c)(3), a not for profit organization located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has been providing effective treatment programs for adults and adolescents who suffer from alcoholism and/or chemical dependency. Clearbrook’s rehabilitation program, or more commonly known as drug rehab, is based upon the belief that alcoholism and chemical dependency is a primary disease and that the suffering addict and his or her family members deserve immediate help. http://www.clearbrookinc.com/?aacs=RIR

 

Tom Gagliano MSW, Life Coach

His book, The Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take Your Life to a New Level, with Dr. Abraham Twerski, is one-of-a-kind. It explores how we sabotage the happiness in our lives simply because we are so afraid of intimacy. We become our own worst enemy as we subconsciously push away our loved ones. Tom helps people understand why we push others away so we can enhance the intimacy in our lives. His website THE PROBLEM WAS ME is Tom has You Tube Videos on the media page which includes bullying, parenting, family intimacy and substance abuse. http://www.thomasgagliano.com/?aacs=RIR

 

The Shores Treatment and Recovery

The Shores believes in treating the whole individual: mind, body, spirit. We realize emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well being are intertwined. We also believe that a clinically professional approach is crucial, but needs to be provided in a personal way. Each client is an individual and is treated as one. We work with the person and we don’t see our clients as a diagnosis or a billing number. That’s why we include the options of medical acupuncture, neurotrasnmitter replacement therapy, chiropractic care, neurofeedback, massage therapy, spiritual programs, play therapy, art therapy, music therapy, budgeting classes, nutritional and life skills classes and more. We maintain small caseloads for our therapists so that the clients receive the best and most personal care possible. http://theshoresrecovery.com/?aacs=RIR

 

Advanced Medical Laboratories

Welcome to Advanced Medical Laboratories where we are committed to excellence in the field of medical diagnostics and laboratory services. Advanced Medical Laboratories offers exceptional and personal service to each and every client, and we are fortunate to have our laboratory currently servicing individual clients, private physicians, group practices, outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse programs throughout the state of Florida and Louisiana. http://www.advancedmedicallaboratories.com/?aacs=RIR

A Miracle In Itself

RIR,

Just wanted to drop you a line about the show in Aberdeen, Washington last month. Everyone involved with the show was extremely professional and well prepared.

It was obvious that R.I.R. is an organization focused on recovery, who knows exactly how to get the message across to people through it’s concert series.

As a drummer who has done his share of concerts, I can tell you the show went off without a hitch, from the musicians to the sound guys, to security. The type of music for the show reached everybody that was there, as was evidenced by several people taking the steps to get into treatment! A miracle in itself.

I’m looking forward to doing many more concerts with R.I.R.

Sincerely,

John Gianoulis

Recovery Month Walk and Concert

September 20 "RECOVERY WALK and CONCERT"

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Walking Into Recovery Month September 20,2014 One Step At A Time. By Carol Harblin, Rockin’ Reporter;

We have seen beloved characters in movies fall to drug addiction, like Jenny in Forrest Gump. She leaves her lifelong best friend and son in her wake. To see anyone fall to addiction is heartbreaking.

Addiction does not discriminate age, class, or money. In February of 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose at the age of 46 years old. This August of the same year, his co-star from the movie Patch Adams, Robin Willliams died tragically at the hand of major depression and suicide at another young age of 63 years old.

Rockers In Recovery’s (RIR) upcoming concert is September 20, 2014, in The Philly Recovery Walk. It is a combined effort between RIR and Pro-Act Recovery Walk.

There were 20,000 people in attendance in 2013, and this year RIR’s goal is to break that record and have at least 30,000 participants in the Recovery Walk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The concerts are much more than music, it is coming together to gain awareness, education, and unconditional support among everyone. RIR is not just for those who are battling addictions, but for everyone who knows addiction in anyone they love.

2014 National Recovery Month - Recovery Walk and concert

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Recovery Month This year, the Pro-Act Recovery Walk and RIR Concert is at the Great Plaza in Penn’s landing on the waterfront. The walk route will wind through the historic Philadelphia, near Independence Hall.

RIR is about sober fun and music. The organization heavily involves a variety of musical contributors to carry the message of hope and sober fun through music, but RIR is much more than even music. RIR as a whole surpasses guitars and singers, it is a fellowship of all people who are in recovery from chemical dependency as well as family and friend supporters of those walking the program.

Recovery is an extremely difficult journey. Just because someone has 25 or 30 years in recovery doesn’t make them in the clear for life of sobriety. Recovery is work, just like life. It can be grueling and messy, but with the steadfast and unconditional support it is manageable and survivable. Whether someone has depression, an eating disorder, or a drug addiction, it is all manageable with unconditional support and love.

Make this year’s Recovery Walk bigger than last year by showing up to support, walk, and rock among people who want to make a difference while being clean and sober. RIR is a sober fellowship of camaraderie, support and hope. It brings together all walks of like with a similar addiction journey. RIR welcomes ALL people who choose to live a sober and clean lifestyle with the support of similar people who resonate and rock at the same frequency.

Robin Williams once said, “I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone,” and RIR’s mission is to never let anyone feel alone.

Even those who are supporters of those who are recovering from addiction need support. Just because some people look strong and smile often doesn’t mean they are stronger than the person who is crying. The louder someone laughs, the more they may be crying on the inside, just as the quieter someone is the more devastated the person may be feeling. RIR is the organization that brings all that support together where nobody should feel alone and left out.

The RIR events are an experience of a lifetime and is encouraged for everyone to be part of any and all the concerts RIR puts on because it is a time when support and love is limitless and in full abundance. We are all survivors of life and we are all recovering from some addiction or issue. RIR is a chemical-free organization with a brother and sisterhood support.

Where were Philip Seymour Hoffman’s and Robin Williams support? They both appeared to have it all plus the American dream, but truth be told, they were both carrying lifelong battles of addiction and depression. Money and fame doesn’t make a person’s recovery, it is always the unshakable support of loved ones that make the difference.

With addiction running rampant throughout the world, taking countless victims with it, the Recovery Walk in Philadelphia, September 20, 2014 is vital for the education and awareness of addiction to future generations.

Philadelphia Pro-Act Announced over 200 Teams and many more registrations for the September 20 “RECOVERY WALK and CONCERT” Featuring The RIR ALL-STAR BAND. Register Here

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The Recovery Village We provide complete wellness care and specialize in relapse prevention for adults struggling with substance abuse and/or eating disorders. Located minutes from Orlando, Florida at the entrance of the Ocala National Forest, our facility provides a full continuum of services; which include drug andalcohol detox, eating disorder medical stabilization, residential care, individualized and group therapy and post-treatment options.

 

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Klean Treatment Centers  Our addiction treatment team specializes in all aspects of chemical dependency addiction as well as co-occurring disorders. We also offer a closely and professionally monitored detoxification, using cutting-edge treatment to make detoxification a relatively comfortable and painless experience. Our carefully selected staff is a true multidisciplinary team composed of supportive, caring, experienced professionals including physicians, social workers, substance abuse counselors, and recovery technicians. All members of our staff portray warm, genuine concern and a true dedication to the recovery of our patients.

Philly Recovery Walk Meet and Greet

The Association of Recovery Schools By Invitation only-  Philly Recovery Walk  Meet and Greet – Philadelphia, PA – 5PM September 19, 2014 at The Association of Recovery Schools – The Bridge Way School – 4101 Freeland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128

Rockers In Recovery Unplugged Will Be Performing-  “Recovery Unplugged Live, visits schools, sober events, conferences, sober houses, addiction detox centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers all over the United States. Rockers In Recovery Professional (CAP)along with select members of the Rockers In Recovery band come to share their message of hope, and play an unplugged set of songs geared towards recovery.

The Association of Recovery Schools is a registered 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization comprised of recovery high schools as well as associate members and individuals who support the integral growth of the recovery high school movement.

About ARSAt ARS, we prepare and inspire starters and operators of Recovery High Schools to perform at their very best. We believe that while addiction thrives in isolation, recovery is a process of hope and healing that thrives in the positive peer communities of recovery schools.

Connected through principles, disciplines and tools that set the gold standard for educating and supporting students in recovery, we collaborate with a broad and diverse global network to advocate for a continuum of support and a readiness for student transition in and out of Recovery High Schools. We provide deep expertise, resources and data-driven best practices to Recovery High Schools through training, consulting and accreditation services, while serving as advocates for the educational inclusion of youth recovery.

We believe that every student in recovery is of value and worthy of an opportunity to be educated so they can heal, grow and ultimately discover how to live their very best life.   Learn More

 

Addiction and Depression

Death of Robin Williams – As a person in recovery who suffers from both depression and addiction(dual diagnosis)has gone through relapse I’m glad this is being shared. Life is fragile at best. This is the second public figure with long-term recovery in three months to die from issues related to addiction the first being Philip Seymour Hoffman.

There is this huge undertone in the recovery community that says “I’m Clean BLA BLA Years” and these same people will make people struggling with relapse and mental health issues feel less then. Then when a person takes their own life over gossip and recovery community social out casting (and it happens) these same people won’t look at their part, they will just blame it on the person’s active addiction.

How do I know this? I was almost there.

I had several deaths of family members from 2011-2013. I was walking around in depression and undiagnosed diabetes for two years, adding on top of that a lung cancer scare in 2013. I was out of my mind IN RECOVERY. When it all came crashing down with several years into recovery I was close to putting a gun in my mouth “IN RECOVERY”.

What I witnessed was people taking to Facebook and other forms of social media to tell all their recovery friends of my demise. They held camp on the issues of my life not even knowing the real issues I was facing.

In December of 2013 I was getting help and taking time off to get back on my feet. Long time in recovery business associates with long-term recovery went to social media to tell the world how they believed in the message but not the mess. How they are no longer with the organization. These same people in long-term recovery approached my business partner telling her that if I would sign over my stock to them they would get me help. When she said no, he is already getting help they started contacting sponsors and friends telling them of my demise and how they shouldn’t do business or associate with our organization.

I’m very happy I got the mental health help I needed and have my type 2 diabetes under control. The cancer scare was just that a scare. Dealing with depression,addiction and anxiety is still very painful situation at times. I’ve put one foot in front of the other with the help of family and a handful of recovery friends who stood by my partner and myself. I’m truly blessed that I didn’t follow through with my thoughts of ending my life.

Wake UP, all we have is today. Love and Compassion is our code. You have no clue who may be struggling right now. How you treat them may be the last thing they play in their minds over and over again. It is a very sad day indeed when we still believe beating someone up and calling it tough love will help change their lives. When it could be Physical/Mental Health issues they don’t even know they have.

Life is fragile at best

Rockers in Recovery & SAMHSA has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that their National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could act as the single point of entry to help meet the special needs of veterans and service members in crisis. Callers to SAMHSA’s Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) can press “1” to be connected to the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, NY. Visit for help http://goo.gl/cseHpj

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Amazing People

Liberty DevittoI have been fortunate to be a part of some major events in my musical career. I have traveled the world and have met some amazing people. As a drummer I am set up in the middle of the stage and have the advantage to look out at the audience as they watch the performers.

Some of those most memorable audiences were part of my experience with “Rockers in Recovery”. To witness first hand at what they bring to the world of sobriety is amazing. When someone gets sober and is working on them selves the first question they ask is “okay now what do I do”.

Rockers in Recovery” gives them a sober outlet while respecting their right to “Rock and Roll”

I am thankful for Rockers in Recovery.

God Bless,

Liberty DeVitto
The Slim Kings

Addiction Recovery and Rock Stars

Live In Chicago At The Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival

Crossroads Guitar Festival
Photo by RIR Founder John Hollis

Addiction Recovery  is not an unknown status for some rock stars. The world of rock and roll has certainly seen its fair share of addiction and substance abuse. In fact, drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors are not only common among musicians; sometimes the entertainment industry makes it seem that they are celebrated! However, there are many rock stars that have kicked their habits and are now in recovery from addiction.

The following rock stars may have been drawn into the world of drugs and alcohol, but now use their talent and support from friends, family and fans as methods of relapse prevention.

Addiction Recovery and Rock Stars

1. Elton John  Elton John AIDS Foundation
Sir Elton has been pretty vocal about his past substance abuse, citing cocaine and alcohol as his drugs of choice during the 1970′s and 80′s. Elton claims to have consumed “massive quantities” of drugs and alcohol, and has even said he’s surprised to still be alive. Sir Elton entered recovery and has been sober since 1990, and uses the support of his husband, family and friends as relapse prevention.

2. Eric Clapton   The Breeze
The music legend says kicking heroin and alcohol saved his career, and his life. In past music news from Clapton’s interviews, he says that he would never have survived to make albums like the upcoming release Old Sock and The Breeze if he hadn’t sobered up. “I thought that if I stopped drinking and I stopped using drugs…I would not be able to play anymore. In other words, those were things that were necessary for inspiration,” he says. “But it was a shortcut.

My experience now tells me in a long time of being in recovery, that I can be a good musician with or without that philosophy.” The height of Clapton’s heroin use came in the early ’70s, and he passed out during the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden. He kicked heroin later in that decade, but then turned to alcohol, before finally getting sober once and for all in 1986.

He has since demonstrated a longstanding commitment to recovery, holding benefit concerts for Crossroads, the treatment center he helped to found in Antigua. “It’s a gift I’ve been given and the best way to honor it is to stay clean and sober to be able to do it as well as I can,” he says. “I wouldn’t be here today—I’d probably be dead—if I hadn’t gotten straight.”

3. Lou Reed        Heroin
The late Lou Reed solo artist and former Velvet Underground front man was known for his heavy heroin and cocaine usage. In fact, many of songs are centered on drugs and the addict lifestyle. However, Reed became sober and has spent over 30 years in recovery. Reed cites songwriting, performing and the love and support of his wife and fans as his methods of staying clean and his older songs for caring his message of recovery in his own way.

4. Keith Richards   Sister Morphine
Keith Richards, lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones, was once so influenced by drugs and alcohol that he’s since become the poster child for addiction and how it relates to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. After incurring various drug charges and suffering several near-overdoses, Richards decided to quit the hard stuff. He furthered his sobriety by giving up alcohol in 2010.  Keith has been Rockin Recovery ever since. Maybe now he’ll be a poster child for addiction recovery.

5. Slash    Slash Talks recovery
The Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist is no stranger to addiction. In recent years, Slash has opened up about his addiction to heroin and how it affected both his personal and private life and how he lives in recovery. The extremely talented musician has described how, at first, heroin was a great comfort to him, but quickly came to consume his every thought and action. Currently, Slash is clean and sober, and cites his wife, sons and other sober musicians as his greatest tools of relapse prevention.

Although these now musicians in recovery nearly destroyed their lives with drugs and alcohol, they managed to break the cycle of addiction and continue to flourish in their careers. The message here is simple: if these guys can kick their habits and find success in recovery, so can you! Most importantly the  is that treatment and education mixed with ”HAVING FUN” in recovery is indeed possible!!

Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame Member Using Music To Heal

I don’t think any one thing carries more memories with it than music. Music has been an ever present friend throughout every stage of my growth. I listened to my parent’s music while riding in the car as a small child. Shortly after, I started to notice the music my older siblings listened to. Next, of course, I started to develop my own taste.

Music and the people who played it, influenced the way I thought, my clothes and the way I did or didn’t cut my hair. When I was lonely, music kept me company. When I was down, music lifted me up. When I was joyous music helped me celebrate. I see Her face when I hear That song. Another brings me back to the political unrest our country experienced. Any one of several take me back to the movement of peace and love. Yet another to the blending of many different instruments into the harmonious flow of orchestrated music. I write about how I feel, but nothing can capture feelings like a good song.

When I got sober a few years back, I didn’t think I would ever have fun again. I realized,however, that sober misery had to be better than the life I was living. Not only have I found happiness in sobriety, I’ve discovered the best way of life I could have ever imagined. I didn’t have to leave music behind either.

There existed a wealth of music about the struggle approaching and life in sobriety by more artist than I could number. Not only that, but there are organizations to promote it. Organizations like Rockers InRecovery. If you aren’t already following Rockers In Recovery on Facebook, please check them out.

Using Music – Spreading The Message of Sobriety; Rockers In Recovery celebrated their 7 year milestone back in January of 2015 and they make music available in a number of ways while spreading the message of sobriety. At times music has been my best and only friend. I believe that God gave us music so we could express what we could never put into words. I know where I’d like to go right now and I know just the music that will help me get there.

Peace,

Keith Bayard

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Re-Discovering Creativity in Recovery

Music HealsBy Holly Romine;

One of the misconceptions artistic addicts and alcoholics have for not giving up their substance of choice is that by abusing alcohol or drugs it makes them more creative. This idea has been perpetuated by an association between drug experimentation, imagination and musical ability. There is an unreasonable fear that when the drugs and alcohol are taken away, the artist will become a boring, uninspired version of themselves.

These wild ideas generated from glimpses of fuzzy- brained withdrawal symptoms experienced whenever an addict or alcoholic managed some time sober just excuse the vicious cycle. While the cloudy thinking that characterizes rehab can hinder creativity for a time, long-term recovery will actually increase artistic ability. The tendency to pick up a guitar or sit down to write may be daunting at first, but like everything valuable, it’s worth a few awkward first steps.

In recovery mental clarity and cognitive ability will improve, and so the ability to effectively express through art will return with energy, strength and most certainly improved skill. The therapeutic nature of music itself is healing and can become a valuable coping mechanism and source of meditation

Another gift of sobriety is discovering the ability to transmit inspiration through music. Typically when using and drinking, our musical expression was a reflection of a self-centered universe. Sobriety promotes engaging with life in ways we wouldn’t normally; venturing outside our comfort zone, confronting who we truly are and finding possibilities we never thought possible before.

The experience of music in recovery can elicit both conscious and unconscious emotions (Inselmann, 2007) (Aldridge & Fachner, 2010) (Mössler, Assmus, Heldal, Fuchs, & Gold, 2012). Through the verbal processing of the musical experience, clients can now identify and put into words emotions they were previously unaware of or unable to express. Music and creativity in recovery can break through walls that restrict their capacity for recovery (Aldridge & Fachner, 2010) (Baker, Gleadhill, & Dingle, 2007) (Bonde & Wilgram, 2001) (McCaffrey, Edwards, & Fannon, 2011) (Sergio Castillo-Pérez, 2010) (Solanki, Zafar, & Rastogi, 2013) (de l’Etoile, 2002).

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