George Edmunds – Treatment and Recovery

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Talking Treatment and Recovery; George Edmunds V.P. of Operations Just Believe Recovery Center.

Their Mission is to provide each person that enters our program with the highest level of personalized treatment. They consistently show love and compassion while using direct, respectful, honest communication. Since 2014, Just Believe Recovery has accreditation by the Joint Commission accreditation is acknowledged nationwide as a symbol of excellence, which recognizes an organization’s ability to competently maintain certain performance standards. Just Believe Recovery, LLC – Get to know Cynthia Bellino by calling (800) 723-7376.

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SoberMap – Immediately Access 12 Step Meetings

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Learn More @ SoberMap – Iphone Free Download – Android Free Download. –  SoberMap App Immediately Access 12 Step meetings in your vicinity, talking about  SoberMap with CEO and Founder John P. 

After many years in Recovery, my friends and I would always find it a challenge to make meetings whether we were leaving visiting a relative, on vacation, leaving a customer office, at a conference and especially when we were on travel. We would go back to the hotel search for a local meeting and try to figure out what meeting we could go to. On many occasions, the meeting wasn’t at the location anymore or the I couldn’t make the time set for the meeting at the location.. 9 out of 10 times we just didn’t make a meeting. One day I was using Yelp on travel and the idea of having a SoberMap App for Recovery hit me. With smartphone so advanced, the idea of opening an App that would immediately give me meetings to choose from whether we were leaving a business meeting, a relative’s house, a sporting event etc… it would be great and there was no app to do it.

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Recovering Addicts Gather At Festival To Put A Face On Recovery

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By Marcella Kester – For Times Leader – WILKES-BARRE — Kirby Park was full of sobriety Saturday, as hundreds of recovering addicts flocked to the park for the Love of Recovery Festival.

The event featured musicians from Florida-based radio and production group Rockers In Recovery, as well as various speakers, vendors and more.

As Dr. Nicholas Colangelo walked around the park, he was greeted by dozens of attendees, each happily updating him with where they are at in their rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol. The Clearbrook Treatment Centers CEO said he was happy to play a part in staging the event for the first time.

“There’s a lot of people dying (from addiction),” Colangelo noted, “but there are also a lot of people getting better, too.”

Rockers In Recovery, founded by John Hollis in 2008, travels the country to participate in recovery-themed festivals through free concerts, podcasts, education and more. Colangelo said he first met Hollis about a decade ago, when he traveled to Florida to attend one of his events. Although Rockers In Recovery is for-profit, it works closely with addiction treatment centers near events they participate in, urging residents and businesses to support their hometown groups to help end addiction.

Hollis wanted to remind the public that people in recovery have a face and come from all walks of life — from doctors and lawyers to teachers and musicians. Read More

Thank You To Everyone Who Supported The Festival

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EMCEE – RICH VOS
11:30AM Speakers
12:00PM – Muddy Shews and Friends
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1:00PM – Miz
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2:00PM – Jam Alker
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3:00PM – RIR Special Guest Rockers;
Band Director – George Massengill on Keys (Chillbillies)

Andy(Babe)Pace on Drums (C&C Music Factory and Gary US Bonds,)
David Uosikkinen on Drums (The Hooters)
Davis Mitchell on Guitar (Chillbillies)
Daniel Holt on Bass (Johnny B. and The Road Dogs)

Thank You Wilkes-Barre Special Event Partners;

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Special Events Partner

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

Amethyst Recovery Center – Get to know Sam Kesaris by calling 954-665-3826

Little Creek Lodge – Get to know Andy Pace by calling (570) 689-2644

Hope and Grace Recovery Center – Get to know Adam Byron by calling 888-836- HGRC

Steps to Recovery – Get to know Ryan Mccarthy by calling (888) 755-7227

Just Believe Recovery – Get to know Cynthia Bellino by calling (800) 723-7376

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Sobriety Unplugged – Get to Know Paul Wilson by calling 945-336-8631

 

 

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Wilkof Project – A Long Way Down (New Release)


Musical Guest; The Wilkof Project, will be sharing about life in recovery and their new release “A Long Way Down.”

The vision of The Wilkof Project was conceived in 2015 by vocalist/lead guitarist Matt Wilkof formerly of Another Black Day. Wilkof disbanded ABD in 2009 due to his destructive lifestyle and unforgiving pressures/pitfalls of the music industry. In 2011, Wilkof overcame his addiction to heroin and now spends his energy on helping those who struggle with this affliction. Through their passionate music and reflective lyrics based upon Wilkof’s personal journey of life, TWP spreads a message of hope to those who are need of a light in a dark world.

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Jam Alker – Junkyard (New Release)


Talking Music and Recovery with Guest Jam Alker, Musician,Singer/Songwriter talking about his new release Junkyard and the upcoming August 12, 2017 Album Release Party being held at Subterranean located at 2011 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647.

On November 11, 2016 Jam Alker was a guest on Rockers In Recovery® -Radio, over the last decade we’ve worked with and interviewed many singer/songwriters. Jam’s ability to create a message of hope through his recovery based music is inspiring. Through the passion for his personal recovery, Jam comes from a place of love, and you truly hear it in his writings and music. We are proud to have Jam a part of Rockers In Recovery®, shinning an ever loving light of hope to a world filled with stigma of addiction. This man is a true recovery soldier, passing on the blessings of his gift of sobriety every day to others. John Hollis, Co-Founder at Rockers In Recovery® – Media.

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Dr. Rachel – Treatment and Recovery

GUEST; Dr. Rachel Needle will be talking about the substance use disorder treatment industry, specifically in South Florida, in response to a recent New York Times Article and Megyn Kelly’s show. This show was brought to you by  New England Recovery and Wellness – Get to know Sam Kesaris by calling 954-665-3826

“It’s important to educate those who might not understand the terms and all the pieces of the puzzle. Many who have been reporting on or trying to make changes in the industry don’t seem to grasp the differences.” Dr. Rachel Needle

Dr. Rachel Needle received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received graduated Cum Laude with her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist.

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Paul Wilson – Rockin Recovery

2017 Unite To Fight Addiction - Sobriety Unplugged

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2017 Unite To Fight Addiction Sponsor – Sobriety Unplugged Created By Paul Stephen Wilson to shed a light on addiction recovery based songwriters.  Using this experience as a way to elicit and process emotions and have a whole lot of fun while doing it.

New live, new job, new guitar. I started writing and relearning with a fever pitch passion, but I couldn’t play out sober… unbelievable stage fright. With help of other musicians and my sponsor I worked through it.

I got involved with Rockers In Recovery® and it gave me a way to give back and show other addicts and alcoholics you can have fun in Recovery. I put together a family band with my son and grandson, three generations playing music how cool is that.

With the help of Rockers In Recovery I started Sobriety Unplugged to do smaller Unplugged venues . The music enhances my recovery and my recovery enhances my music.  For more information please contact Sobriety Unplugged.

“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.

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Enhanced Healing Wellness Center of Miami

Dr. Harry Henshaw & Enhanced Healing Wellness Center in Miami

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Dr. Harry Henshaw & Enhanced Healing Wellness Center in Miami , a licensed intensive outpatient counseling program and treatment center for drug alcohol addiction problems. Please get to know Dr. Harry by calling (305) 456-6361.

 “At Enhanced Healing Wellness Center our mission is to provide dedicated, compassionate care to individuals and families affected by substance abuse problems while transforming the stigma around recovery through awareness and connection.

We are devoted to providing therapeutic outpatient counseling services to our local community, the residents of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The counseling programs that we offer are licensed by The Department of Children and Families and include: intensive outpatient, outpatient, outpatient detox and aftercare treatment. Understanding that the causes of addiction are both complex and deeply personal we believe in an individualized approach to treatment, incorporating traditional therapies along with holistic modalities. After a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed addiction professional, a treatment plan is developed that will meet the specific needs of the individual. We emphasize teaching coping mechanisms and building support systems so that individuals who come to us leave with the tools they need to cope with life’s ups and downs.” Dr. Harry Henshaw

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Lyle Fried (The Shores) – 2017 Unite To Fight Addiction

Lyle Fried (The Shores) – 2017 Unite To Fight Addiction

RIR Radio – Lyle Fried Recorded Live; Unite To Fight Addiction

Guest speaker Lyle Fried CEO & Founder at The Shores Treatment & Recovery recorded live at the Rockers In Recovery 2017 Unite To Fight Addiction.

Lyle is a Board-Certified Addictions Professional, an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, an Approved Training Provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a Certified Health Coach. Because of his experience and industry knowledge he continues to be a regular and featured speaker at various industry events.

Lyle started his journey working in treatment by entering a program for his own addiction in the 90s. His first experience in treatment was as a cash-pay client in a high-end residential facility that “graduated” him as soon as his money ran out. About 3 months after being sent to a ¾-way home that was overrun with drugs, he relapsed and felt hopeless. Fortunately, a family friend found him a bed at a center for homeless men with addictions. After graduating a year-long program, Lyle felt compelled to give back and began doing service work. Quickly this turned into a passion to help others that led to study the treatment industry top to bottom. He learned state statutes and regulations, and studied counseling practices from several angles. This eventually led him back to school for a degree in psychology. It became Lyle’s passion to learn how to provide the best care possible and be able to treat people for the duration they needed as an individual, not the duration their bank account mandated.

For more information please contact The Shores Treatment & Recovery

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Drummer Sam Galindo – Music and Recovery

Drummer Sam Galindo - Music & Recovery;

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Drummer Sam Galindo – Music and Recovery; My recovery started with Broward County Sheriff’s finally bringing me in for my last Main Jail detox May 13, 2015. Consequentially that’s also my clean date now. I had a fairly short stay of about 90 days, but it was not my first. After and offer of 5 years of prison, I reached out to a gentleman by the name of Mike Lieberworth who came in and spoke on my behalf. Long story short, I made it into halfway and into the program, after a little resistance from the disease of course. I have 20 months clean now and in that 20 months I found that no matter what, my idle hands are still the Devil’s playground.

I had to turn back to my first love which is music. What better way to tend to idle hands than putting some drumsticks back in em’!! I play every chance I can and I consider it my form of “Chaotic Meditation”. Anyone who has ever tried to convince me it’s anything other than meditation is quickly made a believer when I explain to them the feeling that playing music gives me. If you love music and you are in recovery, my best advice would be to never let it go. It’s goes hand and hand with my recovery and no one can take that connection away from me as long as I hold it in my heart as I always have.

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Health and Wholeness – Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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The Shores Treatment CenterRockers In Recovery® has been around going on a decade and have seen many recovery treatment centers and recovery resources come and go. We have over the years worked with recovery organization’s we feel really want to help their clients.  You really need to be informed on a decision that can save a life of a loved one or even yourself.

We highly recommend Lyle R. Fried and The Shores Treatment and Recovery Center  and our Recovery Partners to help facilitate the early stages and physical symptoms of withdrawal through the process of early recovery and on to relapse prevention and successful transition back to a stable life.  Lyle and his staff are helping many in the recovery community to see the whole picture of drug and alcohol addiction.

From their beautiful Port St. Lucie, Florida, rehab facility, guests will experience a family atmosphere, individualized therapy and plenty of healthy activities and outings to enjoy while on their journey to health and wholeness. Highlighting the science behind their practices of the whole body approach, and setting clients on the path for good health and well-being is what makes them a nationally recognized Florida rehab center.  They are Joint Commission Accredited and focus on alcohol/drug addiction, while treating the whole person —mind, body, and spirit.

They believe that each client should be provided with the level of care best suited for him/her as an individual for their own personal addiction. There are various views on the different levels of care and the different names for these levels can be confusing to families trying to place a loved one.  They work with the family and loved ones of their clients to help them through the understanding the recovery process.  Addiction affects the whole family. They help the whole family to understand what wellness looks like.

LYLE R. FRIED, CAP, ICADC, CHC CO-FOUNDER AND CEOMeet The Shores CO-FOUNDER AND CEO – LYLE R. FRIED, CAP, ICADC, CHC

Lyle is a Board-Certified Addictions Professional, an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, an Approved Training Provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a Certified Health Coach.

Lyle has served as the Executive Director, Clinical Director & Program Manager of several Residential and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities. Lyle was VP of a 6-county homeless coalition and a founding member of the Mental Health Action Team in Miami-Dade County. He has served as a Consultant & Licensure Specialist to numerous facilities and has served as a Drug Court Panel member. Lyle also served as a Primary Therapist in high-end facilities and is a member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions (AAS), a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the International Substance Abuse & Addiction Coalition (ISAAC)

If you would like to talk to Lyle about your treatment options, go to The Shores Treatment and Recovery  or get to know him by calling  772-332-8711.

RIR Radio Interview – Recovery Education – LYLE R. FRIED, CAP, ICADC, CHCCO 

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Addiction Education & Awareness Concept Through Music Is Working

Main RIR Recovery Radio Partner Sponsorship

It’s Amazing, and we are so proud to see how since 2011 (going on twenty nine of our own productions) the Rockers In Recovery® (RIR) concept of recovery concerts/festivals to carrying a message of Education & Awareness is working.

This same message is now being duplicated by many in the addiction recovery advocacy movement groups like the October, 2015 Washington DC Unite to Face Addiction Rally (with Joe Walsh and other well know musicians) , the 2014 Fed Up Rally, and now the 2016 SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week. It’s happening all over the United States. Since 2014/2015 many treatment programs have even adopted as a modality in the form of RIR Unplugged, with some using the concept as primary treatment.  What an honor and we look forward to seeing many more use our unique form of addiction prevention and education.

Tom Coderre ,Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA

    Tom Coderre

Feb.14, 2015, RIR Music Festival – Quote by Tom Coderre ,Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA ”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 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 education meet and greets, and addiction awareness and prevention concerts/festivals”

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The Rockers In Recovery® musicians whom gave of their time freely to support the recovery lifestyle, (RIR) special guest past and current rockers; Paul Wilson of Sobriety Unplugged, George Massengill on Keys (Chillbillies), Andy(Babe)Pace(Gary US Bonds), Basil Bankston bringing the Vocals (The Platters), Tony Fellows on Lead Guitar (RIR All Star Band Member), Davis Mitchell on Guitar (Chillbillies), Daniel Holt on Bass (Johnny B. and The Road Dogs), Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Tyler of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Past; Lou Esposito (The Capri’s), Simon Kirke (Bad Co.), and Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Michael Des Barres, Marge Raymond (ELO),LaLa Brooks (The Crystals), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Peppy Castro (Blue Magoo’s), David Uosikkinen (The Hooters), Vic Monte (Crush), Ed Walsh (Grateful Road), Michael Mostel(RIR Unplugged), Chris Waddell (RIR Unplugged), Bruce Duncan(RIR Unplugged), Stacey Hampton( RIR Unplugged),Maria Doty(Double Standard),Ceefor Ebrahimi (Ceefor Band), and Tommy Conwell of the Young Rumblers.

Rockers In RecoveryRIR special guest Rockers who have been paid per musical performances include; Lou Esposito(The Capri’s), Jeff Gantz (Johnny Winter), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Kasim Sulton ( Todd Rundgren), Christine Ohlman (SNL Band), and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge).

The festivals and events are payed by Rockers In Recovery Radio and Productions Inc. and the financial backing of Recovery Partners like; Clearbrook Treatment Centers of Pennsylvania ,The Shores Treatment and Recovery of Florida and Atlantic Biotech of New Jersey to name a few who truly want to give back to communities they serve.

Through the Recovery Radio Partners we get to provide free community education and information on help for addiction. Simply put Rockers In Recovery Festivals and Events is where Recovery Education & Rock-N-Roll Come Together.

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What is National Prevention Week?

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National Prevention Week 2015 – RIR All-Star Band – Hope All Day Concert (NJ) – Funded by The Rockers In Recovery Partners &  Co-Founder John Hollis. Far Left Rob Vincent of SAMHSA, Amy,Muddy,Lou,Casey,Andy,Eliot, and Liberty Devitto.

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Maine - Love Of Recovery Music festivalWhat is National Prevention Week?

SAMHSA’s fifth annual National Prevention Week, happening May 15-21, 2016, is dedicated to increasing public awareness and prevention of mental and/or substance use disorders. During National Prevention Week, community organizations across the country host health fairs, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more. This year’s theme—Strong as One, Stronger Togetherrecognizes that one person can make a positive difference in their community, but when we all unite together we can achieve even more.

Who supports National Prevention Week?

In addition to Federal and national partners such as the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the American Public Health Association, the National Parent-Teacher Association, and Tobacco-Free Kids.  SAMHSA is pleased to announce that Torrey DeVitto, who stars as an ER pediatrician in the NBC drama “Chicago Med,” serves as this year’s National Prevention Week Ambassador. Watch her in the National Prevention Week promotional video.

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How can I get involved?

  1. Sign up for and watch the kick-off webcast for National Prevention Week 2016, which will be held in partnership with Morgan State University.
  2. Listen to the National Prevention Week Theme song “Stronger Together,” written by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, singer, and guitarist Lou Esposito.  “See More About Lou Here
  3. Incorporate the song into your prevention efforts this year. Share it on social media using #StrongerTogether, or record your own video version of the song. Be creative!
  4. Join our webinar, Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Changing Perception of Risk, on Thursday May 19, 2016 from 2-3PM Eastern Time, which will explore how attitudes, beliefs, and norms about marijuana influence its use, highlighting examples of how states have increased perception of risk among young people.
  5. Participate in SAMHSA’s #NPW2016 Twitter Chat focusing on the prevention of suicide on Friday, May 20, from 1-2PM Eastern Time, featuring Torrey DeVitto Join Here.
  6. Add the power of your voice to SAMHSA’s “I Choose” photo project. People of all ages are already participating, and their “I Choose” photos will inspire you.
  7.  Get involved, let your voice be heard, and #ChoosePrevention.

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2015 – RIR Music Festival – Lou & Rob Vincent of SAMHSA. The Fest Was Funded by The Rockers In Recovery Partners.

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August 27, 2016 – Rockin’ The Great State of Maine

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312949_1154480AUGUST 27, 2016 (IT’S FREE) “Maine Love Of Recovery Music Festival” – Venue: Clark’s Cove Farm 107 Ridge Rd, Walpole, ME 04573

The Rockers in Recovery® team will be heading to Maine this summer, to share their unique message of hope through music that will benefit the following organizations;

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held each year on August 31 and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

 The Choopers Foundation who will be providing the venue at Clark’s Cove Farm 107 Ridge Rd, Walpole, ME 04573. Choopers Foundation provides financial assistance to harm reduction and recovery community initiatives and focuses on innovative projects and programs that address the needs of the underserved.

Rockers In Recovery® Radio  is about addiction education and has been dedicated to caring the message of addiction recovery through music, news, interviews, events, and festivals to local communities since 2008. You can now engage @ RIR Radio on your computer or mobile device!

Now, decades into recovery from hard-core drug and alcohol addictions, a handful of members from some of the hottest rock bands of the 1970s and ’80s are joining forces to prove to musicians and music lovers alike a greater truth: Life after sobriety can still be a rocking good time. Maine Love of Recovery Music Festival will be featuring following special guest rockers;

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Band Director – George Massengill on Keys (Chillbillies)
Andy(Babe)Pace on Drums(Gary US Bonds)
Basil Bankston bringing the Vocals (The Platters)
Don Taylor on the Sax  (Lynyrd Skynyrd Band)
Tony Fellows on Lead Guitar (RIR All Star Band Member)
Davis  Mitchell on Guitar (Chillbillies)
Daniel Holt on Bass (Johnny B. and The Road Dogs)
With More Special Guest Rockers To Be Announced’

The Miami-based Rockers in Recovery® are doing it the only way they know how — by example. In benefit concerts across the united states, through an online radio station, live TV streaming and social media, the novel effort aims to convene and support to communities  of music lovers dedicated to the sober lifestyle. Since 2011 RIR has produced 25 concert and festival productions. The productions are free to all, they are all inclusive not exclusive. They want people from the community to engage and have some fun. RIR brings together having fun and addiction education, while supporting community organizations that need help.

Some of the Rockers whom have supported RIR over the years are; Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Tyler of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simon Kirke (Bad Co.), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Michael Des Barres, Billy J. Kramer, LaLa Brooks (The Crystals), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Peppy Castro (Blue Magoo’s), David Uosikkinen (The Hooters) and Tommy Conwell of the Young Rumblers.

Rockers In Recovery’s brainchild South Florida recovery radio veteran John Hollis, the cause is supported by an online radio station (RIR-Radio-station) that broadcasts music, interviews, reviews and news on addiction recovery and other topics to 20,000 to 25,000 listeners a month via a 24-hour, live-streamed Internet signal.

How The RIR Radio Station Works – Through the RIR platforms they have developed over the last 8 years, they reach millions of recovery based followers seeking information everyday around the world. Now through the station they get to enjoy all of the platforms in one place.

You can now engage on your smart TV, Computer, or Mobile Device! – The followers they reach can now engage some recovery fun through music and most importantly, get educated on addiction issues, and find help for themselves or a loved one through the Stations Interface. This is the first of its kind platform that brings Recovery and Rock-N-Roll together Addiction Education.

 

The concept began 8 years ago when RIR Founders Lori Sullivan & John Hollis started interviewing rockers in recovery and landed on a topic important to both of them: recovery. After investing about $100,000 of their own money into getting Rockers in Recovery off the ground in which Hollis & Sullivan paid for the first four festivals out of their own pockets back in 2011 and 2012, Why ? “because of lack of support” from the recovery field.

The great news is years later all festivals and events are now payed by Rockers In Recovery Radio and Productions Inc. and the financial backing of Recovery Partners like Clearbrook Treatment Centers of Pennsylvania ,The Shores Treatment and Recovery of Florida and The Laboratory Solution of New Jersey to name a few. Through the Recovery Partners sponsorship they get to provide free community education and information on help for addiction. Simply put Rockers In Recovery Festivals and Events is where Recovery Education & Rock-N-Roll Come Together.

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RIR® invites you to contact each organization on this page and see who you’re most comfortable with. The list of providers can help with biotech services, sober living, and detox/treatment for an addiction to Alcohol, Cocaine, Heroin, Methadone, Meth, OxyContin, Suboxone, Flakka, Valium,  Xanax and more.

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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 | Admissions Director” by calling 570-823-1171

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

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

We have been around the recovery industry going on a decade, we receive phone calls and emails everyday with people seeking help and we direct them to this page. We have over the years worked with recovery organisations we feel really want to help their clients.  You really need to be informed on a decision that can save a life of a loved one or even yourself.

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America – 160 Overdose Deaths From Legal and Illegal Drugs Every Day

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Dr.-Kenneth-Blum

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Today I have some really exciting news to share with you bringing new hope to the entire Rockers In Recovery Network of friends and associates. For years people of all walks of life have struggled with a unwanted romance with an excessive drive for drugs and sex leading them down a pathway to eventual uncontrollable and sometimes fatal outcome that scientist now call Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). Many of us know the feeling of loosing the power over our destiny when it comes to moderating our desire to get high. In today’s new world we are living in a scary time involving not only every day stresses of life but the terror of being gun downed even in a relaxing setting.

In America alone there are 110 overdose deaths from legal and illegal drugs every day. The heroin death toll has quadrupled in the decade that ended in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By all accounts, it has only grown worse since. The national drug-death total, larger than that from auto accidents, is disproportionately concentrated in the Rust Belt, the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.

Lets take a look at Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS);

The human brain produces a number of “feel good” chemicals–from Serotonin and Dopamine, to Norepinephrine, GABA and Endorphins–all of which work together to produce feelings of well-being.

When levels of these “feel good” chemicals are low or blocked from the brain’s receptors; pain, discomfort and agitation will result. This “Reward Deficiency” is associated with mood instability, anxiety, hypersensitivity and depression.

Individuals who have a family history of alcoholism, other addictions or attention deficit disorder may have been born with an inability to produce or utilize “feel good” chemicals in the same way as people who do not have this genetic variant. Specifically, the Dopamine genes, have been linked to these disorders. People who have these defective genes lack a sufficient number of Dopamine receptors in their brains to produce the “neurochemical brain reward cascade,” creating Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). In non-genetic RDS people exposure to prolonged periods of pain, stress and/or other drugs can also lead to a corruption of the “brain cascade function.” It is often quite difficult to determine, however, which came first–the Chicken or the Egg – the genetic defect or the environment which turns on these genes (Epigenetics). In either case, those suffering from RDS are unable to produce a feeling of well-being and consequently often self-medicate with substances or high risk adrenalin activities that help raise the levels of “feel good” chemicals in their system–if only temporarily.

It helps them feel good and function better with less angst, agitation and emotional pain. These substances often include alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, illicit drugs, junk foods, sugars, carbs or thrill-seeking behaviors such as bungee or base jumping, gambling, sex or the Internet porn/games results in a prolonged absence of Dopamine with depressive and hopelessness conditions will appear.

Unfortunately, if a person is trying to treat this condition with self-medicating with the chemicals and/or activities listed above it will only provide short term temporary relief while unknowingly developing the possibility of long-term consequences

So what if there was a safe side effect free way in which we could actually find relief from daily stress and even combat the ongoing inborn error that sets us up to excessively use and abuse drugs. Yes my friends I struggle with these constant demos just like many of you-trying to stay clean and sober. Just to put this perspective I have been told that 100 million of us living in America alone have gene variations that makes us prone and vulnerable to high addiction risk.
Finally, new hope has just entered the recovery community and it is a liquid called Synaptamine which is now being used in treatments centers around the United States.

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Rockin’ Roll and Recovery Come Together In The Palm Beaches

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Archstone Recovery Center Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches is proud to recognize and support Rockers-in Recovery. Their goal…. to provide education and support about addiction, as well as, drug and alcohol rehab treatment options to different communities across the United States. Rockers in Recovery (RIR) is an organization with the sole mission of providing prevention and education to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and/or alcoholism. Most importantly the message of “Rockers In Recovery” is that addiction prevention and awareness mixed with “HAVING FUN” in recovery is indeed possible!! How they do this, is through several concert and festival fundraisers per year known as “Rockers In Recovery Festival/Concerts”.

Archstone Recovery Center understands that with education comes better choices…education provides power. It is one of the things that first drew us to RIR. They provide fun events that allow people to enjoy themselves while they provide valuable recovery information.

The decision to seek help and commit to treatment is a difficult one for many people. “Can I do it”, Will it last”, “Will my family support me”, “Where should I go for treatment”…….these and many more questions run through the mind. “How do I decide now is the time”….the answer everyone seeks, can only be answered by you….and the more information you possess about credible and ethical treatment facilities you have, the better decision you will make. This is the kind of information that RIR provides.

We also personalize your treatment plan based on whether you’re a man or woman since each sex experiences addiction differently. We also have a youth program for younger patients looking to make a change in their lives. If you’re interested in more information about our beautiful rehabilitation center of the Palm Beaches, browse our website or get to know Sally Gallen Sweeney by calling 561- 588-8323.

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Rockers In Recovery – 2015 Year In Review

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 Where are we without a community? A community is what helps shape who we are and gives us values and helps strengthen our beliefs. Merriam-Webster defines “Community” as: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location.

Rockers In Recovery (RIR) is a community of dedicated people who live to carry a message of hope to addicts and alcoholics and their families who all are suffering. RIR shared common goal of spreading hope and enlightenment across the country has turned out to be something RIR never expected. We are not a treatment program. RIR is an organization with the sole mission to provide prevention and education to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism. We do this through our Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greets and Free Community Music Festivals/Concerts

We also help educate many through our Multiple Media addiction/education informational based websites and Social Media platforms too. It all started in January 2008 doing interviews on RIR Addiction Talk Radio and 8 years later our addiction/education message is presented through the following; live concerts and festivals, community meet & greets, social media posting, RIR & Guest blogging, articles in the RIR magazine, (in print and online), RIR Live Concert and Event Streaming. This makes it easy for our addiction/education message to reach millions of people globally with just a click of a mouse.

Education is the key to unlock the door of freedom and Rockers In Recovery is dedicated to addiction recovery education through music, news, interviews, events, and festivals taking place within our communities across the United States.  We also get to help thousands face to face at our concerts, festivals and events and here are some places over 2015 we did just that;

Palm Beach County Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greet 
February 7, 2015 – Royal Palm Beach – 6:00-9:00PM
Host All About Recovery Center
400 Civic Center Way Suite B
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Entertainment by Rockers In Recovery Unplugged
Guest Speakers:
Lori Sullivan – President/Founder of RIR
John Lehman – President of FARR
Allie Severino – Fresh Start Magazine
All Around Wellness Psychiatry and Healthcare
Candice Conway – Academy for Addiction Professionals
Robert Gluck – Marchman Act Attorney
David Jones – Advanced Medical Laboratories

Broward County – Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greet
Pompano Beach February 11, 2015
Host Fellowship Foundation
261 SE 13th Avenue
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Entertainment by Rockers In Recovery Unplugged
Guest Speakers:
Rob Vincent – Samhsa
Rick & Susan Riccardi – Fellowship Foundation
Candice Conway – Academy for Addiction Professionals
Robert Gluck – Marchman Act Attorney
David Jones – Advanced Medical Laboratories

February 14, 2015 – Free 4th Annual RIR Music Festival 
Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Member: Lou Esposito-(The Capris)
RIR ALL-STAR BAND CONTRIBUTORS
Eliot Jacobs- (The Capris)
Greg Deppe- (Bruce Springsteen and Soul Cruisers)
John Gianoulis- (Earl Slick Band and Felix Cavaliere)
Jeff Ganz-Bass- (Johnny Winter and Lou Reed Bands)
Mark Stein -(The Vanilla Fudge)
Jeff Ousley – (Heart)
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)
Speaker Schedule:
MC’s Tom Coderre-White House & Rob Vincent -Samhsa
2015 RIR Festival Speakers
Baseball Great Darryl Strawberry
Rick & Susan Riccardi (Fellowship Living Foundation)
Barbara Theodosiou (Addicts Mom)
Kristen Harper (The Recovery Schools)
John Lehman – (FARR- Florida Association of Recovery Residences)
Brittany Ringersen – (Young People in Recovery)
Michael DeLeon – (Steered Straight, Inc.)
RIR Unplugged – Casey Montana & Friends
Speaker – Tom Coderre, White House

March 14, 2015 Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greet
The Shores Treatment Center
Beth Hernandez – Revive Detox Center Port St. Lucie
John Giordano, CCJS, MAC, CAP
Robert Gluck – Marchman Act Attorney
John Lehman – Florida Association of Recovery Residences
Brenda Swift – Just Believe Radio
Larry Waldman – ChemPath Diagnostics

May 23&24 – Hope Fest 2015 – Rockin’ For National Prevention Week – Rockers In Recovery & Hope All Day Foundation: The event took place at the The Hope All Day Recover Foundation to raise money for them. Hope All Day is located at 600 S. Odessa Avenue, Galloway Township, NJ 08205, if your in the area stop by and meet them.

August 18, 2015 The Pig Pimpin’ Pool Party – Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greet. RIR Unplugged Session by Tony Brasso of Knockdown – It was a “Bring Your Instrument” party and Join in. RIR- Radio Interviewed folks at the Pool Party, we had lots of Food, Fun, and showed many Recovery Rocks!

September 19, 2015 – Free RECOVERY COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP – Early recovery generally involves employment, but without the skills or insights into the world of work, even simple things…like filling out an application or showing up for an interview can paralyze us with fear. Music was by RIR Unplugged – Performance by Dallas Albers of Fighting The Silence who killed it.

October 30, 2015 – November 1, 2015 @ Came to Believe Retreat – FREEDOM DRIVEN weekend created to bring each person in recovery the opportunity to receive a true Spiritual Awakening.

December 9, 2015 –  The Shores Treatment and Recovery – will be held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremonial and Free Community Addiction Educational Meet & Greet. Music was by RIR Unplugged and Performance by Stacey Hampton and Bruce Duncan who just blew away the attendees.

December 20, 2015 Free Community Christmas Party @ Clearbrook Treatment Centers & Rockers In Recovery For An Afternoon of Live Music From “Masons Children’. It was an amazing day filled with Live Music, Food, Fun, and Fellowship.

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.

January 2016 will be 8 Years Of Addiction Education and Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll for RIR and we also have three huge announcements at the Festival Feb.2016 for the future of RIR.

We thank all of our current and past sponsors and a great team at Rockers In Recovery Radio & Productions that makes it all happen. Thank you to all our followers and friends and we hope to see old faces and meet some new ones as we trudge the road to happy destiny in 2016.

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8 Years Of Addiction Education and Prevention Through Rock-N-Roll

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RIR 8Tom Coderre ,Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA -” 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  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 education 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”. (Quote From 2015 Love Of Recovery music festival).

Rockers In RecoveryThank you to all of our friends and supporters for 8 years of love and support of our message of hope.  We are not a treatment center – Since January 2008 – Rockers In Recovery Radio & Productions (Rockers In Recovery – RIR) is an organization with the sole mission to provide prevention and education to anyone who suffers with drug addiction/alcoholism.  In the beginning our thought was (and still is)  “if we can just help one person” it’s worth the labor of love. Well, over the years we have been able to educate and help thousands seeking recovery from addiction.
Education is the key to unlock the door of freedom and Rockers In Recovery is dedicated to addiction recovery through music, news, interviews, events, and festivals taking place within our communities across the United States.  Multiple Media addiction/education informational based websites with lots of Social Media platforms is how we educate. It all started in January 2008 doing interviews on RIR Addiction Talk Radio and 8 years later our addiction/education message is presented through the following; live concerts and festivals, community meet & greets, social media posting, RIR & Guest blogging, articles in the RIR magazine, (in print and online), RIR Live Concert and Event Streaming. This makes it easy for our addiction/education message to reach millions of people globally with just a click of a mouse and thousands face to face at our concerts, festivals and events.

Rockers In Recovery (RIR) is a community of dedicated people who live to carry a message of hope to addicts and alcoholics and their families who all are suffering. Our shared common goal to spread hope and enlightenment across the country has turned out to be something we never expected. RIR is an organization with the sole mission to provide education and help to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism and we do it through our various platforms.

Professionals in the substance abuse field are always looking for ways to improve the therapeutic experience for their clients. Key components of achieving and maintaining recovery are: motivation, optimism, hope, and coping skills (learning how to deal with and express emotions in a healthy way). Many times, clients have a difficult time opening up, expressing, and processing their emotions. Due to having limited time with clients (often 30 days in treatment), clinicians must look for effective ways in bringing about this process as quickly as they can so they can help the client begin the process of healing. RIR does this in a way that will engage the client, capture their attention, entertain them and have such a profound impact on their life; they can carry it with them always.

The Story: RIR Musicians walk in to their festivals capturing the undivided attention of everyone at the festival. After all, this is not just a speaker coming on stage; this is musicians, guitarists and songwriters. Clients are looking forward to hearing their story and will listen intently as our musicians share their personal struggle with substance abuse and their journey to recovery. RIR musicians and friends share their experiences in a way that will make them laugh, contemplate and often times cry. When RIR does concerts/festivals they invite all the local treatment centers and IOP programs, along with sober living houses in the area to come out and experience this first hand.

Twenty One RIR Concerts and Festivals Since 2011. RIR has teamed up on a community grass roots level to help a lot over 5 years, we have gone on to produce twenty one concert and festival productions. RIR was the first recovery origination producing addiction and awareness through Rock-N-Roll at the 2012 ATP – International Tennis Championship to a NYC sold out show at the Cutting Room for the missed placed victims that were devastated from Hurricane Sandy. In addition to a benefit concert, RIR did another community event at a local Connecticut school to benefit a street-level non-profit business. RIR put together what was a benefit for the Special Olympics of South Florida and the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County.

The thinking and actions around the RIR camp are simple; educate, help people in need of help for a loved one or themselves.  RIR teams up with addiction professionals that are present at all of these shows, in order to provide answers to people seeking help. People can go right to the recovery information tent manned all day to help everyone. Each show has band and solo acts along with a list of 10 minute addiction professional speaker in between bands. RIR is educating while have fun in a fun loving environment.

We do many free community awareness and prevention concerts through Rock-N-Roll all over the United States. Some are just to name a few, the D&R Theater Aberdeen Washington, to a standing room only crowd with the same results at the luxury hotel in the heart of Las Vegas, known as the Bellagio. RIR was Rockin’ the 2014 RecoveryWalks at Penns Landing, Philadelphia, Pa. in front of 23,000 people, along with the 4th Annual RIR Music Festival in Feb 2015. RIR also donated the RIR Band & production services to the Hope All Day Festival in New Jersey 2015. This was to help raise funds for the Hope All Day Foundation.

Recovery is not only about helping yourself; it is about who you can help as well. When Hurricane Sandy struck NYC, people didn’t only just help themselves, but also recovery efforts came far and wide from many people – that is the soul of recovery, to help other people and pay it forward.

Recovery is having the power to get your life back by letting go to the aspects of life to a higher power. By relinquishing control to the things we cannot change, we realize there is more fulfillment and empowerment when we ask for help and return it by helping others in ways we can.

Please feel free to contact us, and we look forward to meeting you on the road to happy destiny. The most import part;  what we can’t do alone, we can do together.    Peace & Love, Rockers In Recovery.

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Reward Deficiency Syndrome – RDS

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Addictive_Society“The human brain produces a number of “feel good” chemicals–from Serotonin and Dopamine, to Norepinephrine, GABA and Endorphins–all of which work together to produce feelings of well-being.

When levels of these “feel good” chemicals are low or blocked from the brain’s receptors; pain, discomfort and agitation will result. This “Reward Deficiency” is associated with mood instability, anxiety, hypersensitivity and depression.

Individuals who have a family history of alcoholism, other addictions or attention deficit disorder may have been born with an inability to produce or utilize “feel good” chemicals in the same way as people who do not have this genetic variant. Specifically, the Dopamine genes, have been linked to these disorders. People who have these defective genes lack a sufficient number of Dopamine receptors in their brains to produce the “neurochemical brain reward cascade,” creating Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). In non-genetic RDS people exposure to prolonged periods of pain, stress and/or other drugs can also lead to a corruption of the “brain cascade function.” It is often quite difficult to determine, however, which came first–the Chicken or the Egg – the genetic defect or the environment which turns on these genes (Epigenetics). In either case, those suffering from RDS are unable to produce a feeling of well-being and consequently often self-medicate with substances or high risk adrenalin activities that help raise the levels of “feel good” chemicals in their system–if only temporarily.

It helps them feel good and function better with less angst, agitation and emotional pain. These substances often include alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, illicit drugs, junk foods, sugars, carbs or thrill-seeking behaviors such as bungee or base jumping, gambling, sex or the Internet porn/games results in a prolonged absence of Dopamine with depressive and hopelessness conditions will appear.

Unfortunately, if a person is trying to treat this condition with self-medicating with the chemicals and/or activities listed above it will only provide short term temporary relief while unknowingly developing the possibility of long-term consequences. Learn More Here
 

Dopamine and Addiction

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John Giordano, Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP

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.

Every day 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.

sugar-addiction-2These 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.

stressThere 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, and blunted alertness, shortened attention span, learning deficiencies, memory loss and general bad mood.

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 every day. 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.

If you suspect you may have RDS, it will be important for you to identify healthier ways to feel good naturally. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare providers, review the current literature on RDS, get to know the facts and develop a plan of action that feels right to you.

Remember that although you may have been born with a genetic pre-disposition for certain conditions, you have the power to change your genes’ expression. That is, you have the ability to respond to whatever life circumstances you may be in right now and change them to something better through healthier choices–be it healthier nutrition (nutrigenomics) or healthier thoughts and emotions (epigenetics).

Dopamine and Addiction was written by John Giordano, Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP – John Giordano 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.”

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Bruce Springsteen – Navigate Depression

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By John Hollis, Rockers in Recovery® Co-Founder – When I was 9 years old I was driving in my cousins car , he popped in a tape Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – This is one of the songs that started my 40 year love affair with music .  It also introduced me to air guitar and air drumming, LOL.

I grew up in a house filled with music, my brother Joe is a drummer and I ended up with my 1st set at 12 years old. I didn’t go on to be Max Weinberg  (Minister of the Big Beat) , but what it did for me was teach me true passion, not by playing, but by listening.  As a child and all through life in good times and bad, music has made me feel whole.

In recovery music brings up feelings for me of  peace,  joy, love, and hope, it brings me to tears at times, it can also put a smile on my face, it brings me to compassion, it motivates me, it helps me to be empathetic, most importantly it centers me to the point were at times, I can even feel the presence of my God..

Through music and its awesome noise I live with a purpose today.  Through it I have been given many visions throughout the years, today I’m living a dream.  I’ve tried to run away from the vision a few times, but it always brings me home to the most important message, hope through music.

Bruce Springsteen credits his music with helping him navigate depression and says playing marathon shows until he was exhausted helped chase away the blues.

‘‘I think music was the way that I medicated myself in the beginning. It was the first thing that centered me and chased away the blues,’’  Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run’s Jungleland is without a doubt my favorite song on the album, for me it’s 9 minutes of pure anti-depression music.  The late legendary Big Man, Clarence Clemons sax playing and Bruce’s vocals sear me to the soul with joy. Take a listen to Jungleland – Can You Feel the Music? My answer … Yes I can, and thank you Clarence & Bruce. Download Born To Run

Born to Run Hardcover – September 27, 2016 by Bruce Springsteen (Author)For 50 years, the rock icon has turned his struggle with depression into songs, his unrest into performance. Today, as he wraps up a top-selling tour and publishes a 500-page memoir, he is coming to terms with life out on the wire.

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

Check Out Born To Run  – See more @ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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Unite To Fight Addiction, Love of Recovery Free Music Festival

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“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.

Private Event – All Seeking Great Sober Fun, Music & Addiction Recovery Information Are Welcome

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2016 Lineup –

11:00AM – Brian Vincent Sances – Solo

11:30AM – Brian K Music – Solo

12:00PM – Big Ern and Ferguson

12:30PM – Paul Wilson and Family

1:00PM – Fighting the Silence

2:00PM –Grateful Road

3:00PM – The Double Standard

4:00PM – Rival (Recovery Rapper)

5:00PM – Crush

6:00PM –The Chillbillies & Special Guest Rocker

7:30PM – Stacey Hampton – Solo

8:00PM – McCartney Mania

9:30PM – ½ Hour Recovery Speaker Meeting – Nick C. (40 Years)

10:00PM – Count Down, Recovery Medallions & Closing Ceremonies

Starting at 1PM – 10 Minute Speakers (In Between Bands):

The Addict’s MomBarbara Theodosiou

YPR – Matthew Cohen

Chooper’s GuideTim Cheney

Holistic Addiction Info – John Giordano, Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP

Rockers of the Year Awards – Lori Sullivan – 3 to Be Announced @ Festival 

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IT IS ALL FREE – 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”.

IT IS ALSO A DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING FREE EVENT. Violators will be removed from the festival. Love Of Recovery Music Festival Is A Private Event – All Seeking Great Music & Addiction Recovery Information Are Welcome; RIR and our security Does Reserve The Right To Refuse Entry To Anyone Deemed A Risk To Recovery or Security (and at Anytime during the Event). No Weapons, Coolers or Pets Allowed.  

Things To Bring:

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Lawn Chairs

Thank you to everyone for your years of support. The RIR Team looks forward to seeing everyone at the festival.

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***ALL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS ARE PAID FOR AND PRODUCED BY Rockers In Recovery Radio and Productions Inc. (and our network/marking partners). Which offers different social media platforms to carry the message of hope in an exciting new way. This makes it easy to reach hundreds of thousands of people globally with just a click of a mouse. Through your sponsorship we can provide free community education and information on help for addiction. ***

Unity, Service, and Recovery

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Unity, Service, and RecoveryClearbrook Treatment Centers is proud to be a partner in the recovery community with Rockers-In-Recovery. We strongly support their use of music to broadcast the message of recovery to those that suffer, as well as, the creation of a supportive community for those in recovery.

We believe in the same concept that RIR does, the three legacies of unity, service, and recovery. When we first began speaking with the staff at RIR we dove right in with them on how they were carrying the message of sobriety through music. In November of 2012 we were proud to be amongst a group of treatment professionals sponsoring one of their events. They put on a concert of famous musicians in Pembroke Pines, Florida for thousands of people that share the common bond of sobriety and recovery.

Changing your life from the hopeless condition of addiction to a life that recovery promises is not an easy task. When we are asked to change everything, some of us don’t know what is going to happen to us. We know no other way in life except for the life of addiction. We don’t know how to have fun in life without the use chemicals. This is one of the greatest assets that RIR provides for the community. They show the newcomer the fellowship portion of the program. Why get sober and change your life if there is no fun in it?

At the RIR Festival we saw thousands of people dancing, singing, and enjoying their lives. At different parts of the program, some very famous musicians told their stories of the perils of their addiction and what their lives are like now.

We both believe in educating the public on the topic of alcoholism and drug addiction and providing help to those suffering from this disease. Through a wide media outlet Clearbrook and RIR use multiple channels to educate the public on addiction. We urge everyone that is affected to call and contact us for help and guidance. Through the use of television, radio, and internet, we are able to reach larger audiences than ever before…and offer hope to those still suffering!

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Using Music – Spreading The Message of Sobriety

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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.

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Keith Bayard

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The 12 Step Stigma – Lepers Among Lepers

Lori SullivanPost by Lori Sullivan, Co-Founder Rockers In Recovery;

Many of us in the recovery world are trying to change the stigma regarding people with addiction to the “normal” people in the world who don’t understand, yet we still have the stigma in our own RECOVERY COMMUNITIES!!

Here I am after just celebrating 17 years of recovery and I can say I am amazed…but not in a good way. What I have seen in the last several years within the recovery communities makes me sick. People who have taken away from what the founding members of AA created by putting in their own ideals and just plain watering down what is considered by many a “God inspired” thing.

Just yesterday I saw where a newcomer posted on FB how they didn’t understand how a meeting room could deny a person a AA Big Book because she was a relapser and how she needed to pay for it. There were of course the people trying to be funny. One person who responded with “maybe she collects them to sell”…. Really folks? This is a woman that keeps trying to get recovery by coming back time after time only to be told “sorry you’re a relapser so you’ll have to pay for your book”. Really? This is a woman screaming for help…not just asking. Why do I say this? Because it takes REAL courage to come back to some of the rooms of today because of the people in it. It took real courage for this woman to ask for a book. No wonder people who are struggling with addiction either give up and continue to use till they die or they just commit suicide.

6th Annual - Love of Recovery Music FestivalI was a chronic relapser at one point and I don’t forget that “There only by the grace of God could go I”. I had experienced peoples comments like “oh your back…what cha add another minute to your story?” Luckily I just kept trying REGARDLESS OF WHAT SOME PEOPLE SAID and with God’s help and the help of some really good people in the program. Here I am today a Co-founder of an organization that was created to help people and to show them (especially the young people) that recovery is possible regardless of where you come from, and it can be fun, not the doom and gloom that I thought it was when I attended my first AA meeting at the ripe age of 20 years. My first drink was at twelve and my first of many alcohol related blackouts was at age 15. That was 1978 and I remember that meeting clear as a bell today. It was a room filled with all older people passing a microphone around (I was very shy without my liquid courage) so I wanted nothing to do with that. I sat till the end meeting as many shared their experience, strength, and hope. After the meeting some people gave me a Big Book and told me to come back. Very kind people. But I wasn’t ready I was only there to appease my parents so they wouldn’t throw me out of their house. So on I went trying controlled drinking and using on and off for years at times achieving at times 22 months or 2 ½ years before relapsing. Many times when I relapsed I felt like a rubber band that snapped. Never seeing it coming. I didn’t plan it…but it still kept happening. I experienced the jails and institutions. This went on till September 14, 1999. They say some a sicker than others and I was one of them. I was homeless many times over a four year period at one point in my life, and stayed out there because I found that at least I wasn’t being judged by those around me.

Maybe this is why I’m for the underdogs.The people who relapse over and over but still keep trying. That in its self takes real courage. See I was taught that at anytime, anywhere if a hand reaches out…I AM RESPONSIBLE. I always say “where there is breath there is hope”. What can I do to help them not give up? Trust me I’ve been hurt in this belief many times and in many ways. I’ve even fallen short myself because of my hurt and anger. But God always has brought me back to what I believe. The belief is no matter what don’t give up on a fellow human being and I will continue to stand on this belief because I know deep down there is good in most human beings. I have had to learn to separate the addiction (the dark side) and all the sick behaviors that go with it, for the human being filled with the goodness that GOD created. GOD doesn’t make junk.

RIR-All-Star-Band1  Yes, some are sicker than others, and trust me it is both outside and INSIDE the rooms of recovery TODAY. I have seen the sickest of the sick who state they are in “long term recovery” yet judge people who were in recovery and because they relapsed (usually from mental, physical, or spiritual issues or all the above) and the insanity that comes with it. They stand in judgement of that person’s character while they were using, or while in a dry drunk. Or worse yet, the person has found his or hers recovery again (by the Grace of God) and these people continue to kill them with their tongues and their better than thou attitudes, agendas and egos. Even more concerning is some of them are now treatment centers owners and government employees in long term recovery payed to help others with addiction, SCARY. I guess they have forgotten where they came from or they never experienced a really low bottom or maybe their recovery isn’t as solid as one would think. I would think that with long term recovery there would also be some maturity, not the behaviors of grade school or high school students…talking about a person to their clones’ to persuade others to not like this person or that person and if they do then they can’t associate with them OR it would be a conflict of interest! What?? A conflict of whose interest? If that’s what the long term recovery has made them (sickos filled with agendas, ego’s and afraid of the relapser) then it’s no wonder people stay away from the rooms of recovery after they relapse. Especially the ones that had obtained long term recovery and then relapsed. He or she are the ones that just end up killing themselves sometimes quickly sometimes slowly over the sick attitudes and behaviors of some of the people IN RECOVERY!! It’s so sad. I guess that’s why there are those special sponsors that take on the challenge of a chronic relapser.

Then you have the people who put a time frame on a person’s recovery with things like I’m a person in “Long Term Recovery” or “sorry but you can’t share because you don’t have enough time” must be a six months or year before you can share.  No sorry you can’t join this recovery committee you don’t have enough time. Where did that come from? Who am I to put a time limit on when someone can carry a message of hope and what might be THEIR purpose to stay?

RIR Music FestWhere would we be today if the founders of AA (Bill Wilson and Bob Smith) and the founding members had the attitudes of today? I can tell you…there wouldn’t have been anything. Period. Just what they already had, jails, institutions, and inevitably DEATH. If someone wanted help, they got them through the steps as quickly as possible many in a day! Then out the door to help another. They never gave up on the sick and suffering inside and outside the rooms and that included the families. I have never heard of them excluding someone who relapsed. Back then they would pay that person a call to see how they were doing (in person) and see if they could help. They didn’t wait for the person to call them when they were ready. But if the person wasn’t ready they prayed for them, and then wasted no time working with another, because they didn’t want to spoil a future opportunity if it presented itself at later date. Hey they at least planted the seed of HOPE even if it’s a mustard seed.

All I can say is if you don’t have something nice to say then say nothing at all. Something most of us learned as children…words hurt and words can Kill. People who do this in recovery only show me that they might not have had a drink or drug in quite some time, but they truly aren’t practicing the spiritual principles that was freely given to them.

In closing I want to say that I thank all the good people I have met during my recovery journey. You have been instrumental in my personal recovery as well as helping me carry the message of hope (without judgement) in my business. You are all winners in my book because you believe as I do that we all have to work together for the common goal to help others afflicted with the disease of addiction regardless of who they are and where they’ve been. For all the others I leave them to God and pray that they don’t kill someone.

God Bless us all as we trudge this happy road of recovery!

Lori Sullivan

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Love of Recovery, Standing United Against Addiction

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Learn the History of the – “Love Of Recovery” RIR Music & Art Festival

My name is John Hollis Co-Founder of Rockers in Recovery which was started in 2008 along with my partner Lori Sullivan. We had our first free music festival February 12, 2011, with many bands from the local area that had sober members or members that just wanted to support the RIR recovery mission. Which in time the message became to be known as addiction awareness and prevention through rock-n-roll. The following is how the vision became a reality.

I will never forget the date: it was December 10, 2010, when I woke up in the middle of the night (like I usually do) and was eating a bowl of ice cream and the thought came to me (God inspired) “LETS HAVE A CONCERT”. Now mind you we had no clue where to start and how to do one, but we knew it was something we had to do. The next day we started by calling a local lighting and production company in our local area “Everlast Productions” to help us put together our very first concert which end-up being a $25,000.00 production. We had no idea where and how we were to fund it but we were determined to move forward on faith and a prayer.

First we went to the private recovery industry as well as business owners in the community to ask for their support to help us put on the first “Love of Recovery” RIR Music & Art Festival”. It was simply going to be a festival to carry a message of hope to addicts and alcoholics and their families who were suffering or for those in recovery to enjoy the message that recovery is possible and can be fun and we were going to do it through music.
Now as I started out to tell everyone about my new found vision, (and as visions go) not everyone was excited as I was. LOL. So here I am calling treatment center after treatment center to hear “WHAT” that’s crazy it will never work or they wanted know how it was going to benefit them by such questions/statements like “How Does That Put Heads in Our beds”. The local community business owners just straight up said “NO Way” we’re not interested. Only a couple businesses got honest with me and said “listen I love what you’re doing but we don’t want our names associated with that type of event.

1187276_587183914658820_1215443395_nNow during this time I was doing my 2 times daily radio show on a local AM station in south Florida. It was during my evening show on December 16, 2010, during one of my commercial breaks, that my phone rang and I answered it. It my Aunt with bad news. She told me that my Dad had passed away. I was floored, and I still had 15 minutes of a live show to finish with my guest and good friend Robert Gluck.  Still numb as hell from her news, I managed continued on and got through the interview with him. It seemed like the longest fifteen minutes ever. All I can say is I thanked God for my sobriety. I had been sober at that time 4 years. When I got home I made the travel arrangements to get New York to be with my family and to help them with whatever was needed of me. Of course it was a very difficult time for all of us (as it always is with the death of a loved one). But you know what? I got through it.. sober.

Then the unexpected miracle happened, my Dad had left me an inheritance of approximately $100,000 dollars between life insurance and other things. I was completely blown away! After I got home it was on December 22nd 2010 that I received the first of my inheritance it was from his a life insurance. The check was for $30,000 dollars! I remember saying “thank you Dad” because that check was going to pay for most of our very first “Love of Recovery” free to all.. RIR Music Festival” along with the support of one treatment center and a detox whom each did small sponsorship’s and Fellowship Living who donated the venue. To me it was my Dad who sponsored the rest.

Our first festival was an unbelievable experience. We steamed the whole festival live on Ustream and broadcasted it live on our AM Station platform. That event drew approximately 1000 people throughout the day with only a little over 6 weeks of promotions! At one point during the show I remember I was standing on the side of the stage during the RIR Unplugged set and tears, uncontrollable tears, ran down my face. It was incredible to see some 200 young people IN RECOVERY, arm and arm in front of the stage swaying back and forth to the music. INCRIDABLE I say, a God moment if ever. I remember saying “thank you God and thank you so much Dad for your gift to me”.

This past festival Mr. Tom Coderre, Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA was our 2015 – 4th Annual Love of Recovery Music Festival MC for the day, we were so honored that he accepted.

15973669244_d11a96b891_zTom Coderre, Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA said to festival attendees,

“I can say at this point, Rockers In Recovery brings the private treatment sector, addiction education, and the addiction advocacy non-profit sectors together in a unique way that no one else at this point is doing anywhere in the United States. When I walked around today to meet the people that are at the Festival, I find that there’s a mix of people. There are in people who have already found recovery, family members seeking help for love ones, recovery supporters, treatment centers with their clients, and people from the community just coming by to see what it was all about. The one thing I have heard over and over is that the people loved the unique message of hope. I believe what makes Rockers In Recovery unique is that the recovery message/model is carried through the universal language of music with some of great rockers of the day, combined that with educational speakers and advocacy groups and programs to give information and help to those seeking it. RIR brings it all together to attract people to recovery through addiction awareness and education at their meet and greets, concerts/festivals”.

To this day that Tom’s statement blows me away and all I can say is, “Wow another God moment” for me. It’s such an honor, who would have thought all these years later that gift from my Dad would go on to do, what it has done.  Many organisations now follow the same model for their events and many treatment programs  years later are starting to use the unplugged model for treatment centers and as a therapeutic tool. Today we give back by, doing what we can to support others with the same visions to learn more about our model. Thank God For The 12 Steps , I use to get resentful when someone would use my God inspired concepts or ideas, then I realized the concept or idea belonged to God’s universe, not me.

Through my Father’s gift to me, we now reach hundreds of thousands of people with the message of hope everyday online along with the thousands threw our annual festivals.  What we can’t do alone we can do together, and together that help came to me from and musicians and bands like David Uosikkinen (The Hooters),  Woody Giessmann , Elizabeth Edwards, Paul Stephen Wilson, McCartney Mania, The Chillbillies, The Grateful Road , Crush Band of South Florida, The Few, Thrown Alive, and others who have been involved over the years and donate their time.

It was also through Dad’s gift we were able to hire musicians like, Lou Esposito (The Capri’s), Jeff Gantz (Johnny Winter), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Kasim Sulton (Blue Oyster Cult and Todd Rundgren), Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Marge Raymond (singer/songwriter/actress), Casey Montana Rogers, Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi), along with his band mates Chris Anderson, Neal Pawley and Muddy Shews to headline our festivals to the community as another way of attraction to support the cause. We spent thousands of dollars, to find it really doesn’t work. People come to have fellowship and fun, we found that more grassroots & local bands where received better then the headlines. It also became over a two year time period an ego and personal agenda fest, dotted with behind the scenes political, business and personal motivation for a few. That made me very sick, it almost killed me and almost destroyed the mission of addiction prevention and education though music. Now the musicians who are meant to be there, God and his universe will direct that. What an amazing sometimes, painful learning journey for me one day at a time.

2016 Love Of Recovery Music Festival

We are looking so forward to the future by planning the next event Feb 12 & 13, 2016 in Pembroke Pines Fl. This will be a 2 day event that is going to be a great time where people can enjoy golf, fellowship, receive continuing education units (CEUs), meet & great dinner and of course the 5th annual “Love of Recovery” RIR Music & Art Festival”. 

In closing all I can say is: thank you to God and thank you to my father Joseph C. Hollis Sr. for all the gifts we have received. It’s through music and its awesome sound that I live with a purpose today. I have been given many visions throughout the years, and have been lucky enough to see some of them become realities. It’s with these realities comes responsibilities as well. There have been times when I’ve tried to run away from them due to my own ego, fear, and pride, but that mission in my heart to help people always brings me home to the most important message, the message of hope. (A God moment).

Unite to Face Addiction Announces Musical Performers

Facing Addiction
Dear Friends,312949_1100720Rockers In Recovery is a Mobilizing Partner with UNITE to Face Addiction.  As you know, we will be gathering on Sunday, October 4, 2015 on the National Mall to UNITE to Face Addiction. Over 450 diverse organizations from around the country will be joining us to launch this campaign to confront America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs. We have some exciting announcements about the event and wanted to share the news with you first!We’re thrilled to announce that Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls will be joining us on October 4 in Washington, D.C. These performers share our passion for understanding the impact of addiction and the power of recovery, and we are so proud to have their support.Also joining us to UNITE to Face Addiction will be health expert and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has just released a PSA in support of our event. Additional performers, celebrity guests, and special speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, so be sure to check our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements.It’s time to end the silence around this crisis and empower the afflicted and affected to take a stand for those who can’t. We hope you will join us in D.C. on October 4, and help us share this exciting news on your own social media platforms!

Thank you for your continued support and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions as we UNITE to Face Addiction.

Greg Williams

UNITE to Face Addiction Director

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“We are not a treatment program”. Rockers In Recovery®

Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions (RIR) – Where are we without a community? A community is what helps shape who we are and gives us values and helps strengthen our beliefs. Merriam-Webster defines “Community” as: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location.

Twenty One Rockers In Recovery® Concerts and Festivals Since 2008 – RIR United Against Addiction “I believe what makes Rockers In Recovery unique is that the RIR recovery message is carried through the universal language of music with some of great rockers of the day.” Tom Coderre, Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA

To this day that Tom’s statement blows me away and all I can say is, “Wow another God moment” for me. It’s such an honor, who would have thought all these years later that gift from my Dad would go on to do, what it has done.  Many organisations now follow the same model for their events and many treatment programs years later are starting to use the unplugged model for treatment centers and as a therapeutic tool. Today we give back by, doing what we can to support others with the same visions to learn more about our model. Thank God For The 12 Steps , I use to get resentful when someone would use my God inspired concepts or ideas, then I realized the concept or idea belonged to God’s universe, not me.

Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions (RIR®) is a community of dedicated people who live to carry a message of hope to addicts and alcoholics and their families who all are suffering. RIR shared common goal of spreading hope and enlightenment across the country has turned out to be something RIR never expected. We are not a treatment program. RIR is an organization with the sole mission to provide prevention and education to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Professionals in the substance abuse field are always looking for ways to improve the therapeutic experience for their clients. Key components of achieving and maintaining recovery are: motivation, optimism, hope, and coping skills (learning how to deal with and express emotions in a healthy way). Many times, clients have a difficult time opening up, expressing, and processing their emotions. Due to having limited time with clients (often 30 days in treatment), clinicians must look for effective ways in bringing about this process as quickly as they can so they can help the client begin the process of healing. RIR does this in a way that will engage the client, capture their attention, entertain them and have such a profound impact on their life; they can carry it with them always.

200305096The Story: RIR Musicians walk in to their festivals capturing the undivided attention of everyone at the festival. After all, this is not just a speaker coming on stage; this is musicians, guitarists and song writers. Clients are looking forward to hearing their story and will listen intently as our musicians share their personal struggle with substance abuse and their journey to recovery. RIR musicians share their experiences in a way that will make them laugh, contemplate and often times cry. When RIR does concerts/festivals they invite all the local treatment centers and IOP programs, along with sober living houses in the area to come out and experience this first hand.

Twenty One RIR Concerts and Festivals Since 2008. RIR has teamed up on a community grass roots level to help a lot over eight years, they have gone on to produce twenty one concert and festival productions. RIR was the first recovery origination producing addiction and awareness through Rock-N-Roll at the 2012 ATP – International Tennis Championship to a NYC sold out show at the Cutting Room for the missed placed victims that were devastated from Hurricane Sandy. In addition to a benefit concert, RIR did another community event at a local Connecticut school to benefit a street-level non-profit business. RIR put together what was a benefit for the Special Olympics of South Florida and the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County.

The thinking and actions around the RIR camp are simple; educate, help the families of sick and suffering loved ones get their questions answered, along with people seeking treatment at the events. RIR teams up with addiction professionals that are present at all of these shows they produce, and people seeking help go right to the recovery information tent manned all day to help everyone. Each show has band and solo acts along with a list of 10 minute addiction professional speaker in between bands. RIR is educating while have fun in a fun loving environment.

RIR has gone on to do many free community awareness and prevention concerts through Rock-N-Roll all over the United States. Some are and just to name a few, the D&R Theater Aberdeen Washington, to a standing room only crowd with the same results at the luxury hotel in the heart of Las Vegas, known as the Bellagio. RIR was Rockin’ the 2014 RecoveryWalks at Penns Landing, Philadelphia, Pa. in front of 23,000 people, along with the recent 4th Annual RIR Music Festival in Feb 2015. RIR also donated the RIR Band& production services to the Hope All Day Festival in New Jersey in May. This was to help raise funds for the Hope All Day Foundation.

Recovery is not only about helping yourself; it is about who you can help as well. When Hurricane Sandy struck NYC, people didn’t only just help themselves, but also recovery efforts came far and wide from many people – that is the soul of recovery, to help other people and pay it forward.

Recovery is having the power to get your life back by letting go to the aspects of life to a higher power. By relinquishing control to the things we cannot change, we realize there is more fulfillment and empowerment when we ask for help and return it by helping others in ways we can.

46502_4890372496595_262327455_nRIR 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 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.

RIR is currently getting ready for there next event:

AUGUST 27, 2016 (IT’S FREE) –  “Maine Love Of Recovery Music Festival
Venue: Clark’s Cove Farm 107 Ridge Rd, Walpole, ME 04573
THIS EVENT IS TO SUPPORT 
Choopers Foundation
&
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD)

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 recovering 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. This is why they find hope themselves by rockin’ out at RIR Festivals and concerts.

734de4cb2427028cba8b20993b5b97adThe Music: RIR musicians and sometimes a special guest will then perform; singing and playing songs about active addiction and recovery along with mainstream music. In recovery the lyrics to Stairway to Heaven brings on new meaning and a new recovery memory. The lyrics and music combined produce a multitude of emotional reactions, surprising the clients and the concert goers as the experience brings to light emotions they have had a difficult time expressing or perhaps were unaware of.

The Celebrity Musicians whom gave of their time freely to support the recovery lifestyle include; Simon Kirke (Bad Co.), and Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Michael Des Barres, Billy J. Kramer, and LaLa Brooks (The Crystals), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators, Little Steven’s Underground Garage), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Peppy Castro (Blue Magoo’s), Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter Rant Band, Garland Jeffries), Ross the Boss (The Dictators), Joe Hurley (Joe Hurley and The Gents, Keith Richards’ LIFE), Arno Hecht and Larry Etkin (Uptown Horns), Adam Roth (Billy J. Kramer), Dave Uosikkinen(The Hooters,and Tommy Conwell of the Young Ramblers. Each of these energetic musicians brings not only 100% but gives an extra 100% when supporting any causes or events.

The Musicians who have been guests of RIR festivals who have been paid per musical performance include; Lou Esposito(The Capri’s), Jeff Gantz (Johnny Winter), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Kasim Sulton (Blue Oyster Cult and Todd Rundgren), Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band), and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Marge Raymond (singer/songwriter/actress), Dave Uosikkinen(The Hooters) Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi), along with his band mates Chris Anderson, Neal Pawley and Muddy Shews.

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The Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions Part 2

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Insurance Companies Play Doctor Part II: Case Managers

By: John Giordano DHL, MAC

President and Founder of:

National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies

Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department

“The very definition of insanity is placing your health in the hands of an industry – whose mere existence depends solely on not paying healthcare claims.”

This is the second installment of “Insurance Companies Play Doctor.” Among other things in the first segment, I outlined how many people like Avery – a bright young woman with a promising future whose life fell apart after becoming addicted to heroin in college – are trying their best to get off drugs but are being diverted away from treatment due to insurance payment complications and put on methadone or suboxone.

This is a pattern that occurs with increasing frequency everyday. I also delved into the similarity between healthcare industry’s business model and that of casinos and bingo parlors inthat both profit the most when they pay out the least. I also pointed out the insanity of literally placing our health in the hands of an industry whose mere existence depends on not providing you and I with the healthcare we paid for.

As fate would have it, I recently meet a substance abuse case manager who works for one of the major health insurance companies. It was in a social setting that I found Angela (not her real name) to be very well educated, kind and warm. She earned her masters

degree in health. On Sundays, Angela plays guitar and sings in her church’s choir. We were having a wonderful conversation until the inevitable happened; the subject of addiction treatment and health insurance came up. Although we both remained cordial towards each other, the mood changed making the tension became palpable.

Angela started the conversation with a defense of her position. She explained to me how back in the day doctors got rich by over-proscribing addiction treatment and it is her job to make sure her company only pays out for what is “medically necessary” in accordance with The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). I could only think that what she was referring to was years ago when I first got involved with addiction treatment when 30 days meant intense level 1 residential treatment. This is the first stage where a person spends their entire time living at the facility while being treated for their disease by their doctors, therapists and trained staff.

What Angela quoted me were the core principles of assembly line treatment where addiction treatment protocols are no different then that for a broken bone; a one size fits all. Once a patient passes an ASAM benchmark they’re moved on the conveyer belt to the next station on the line never to return; just like setting a broken bone – put a cast on it and in six weeks take it off and everything will be just ducky. While ASAM may sound all neat and tidy to the layman, the reality is that addiction treatment is non-linear – it doesn’t follow a straight path. Anyone who has been involved in addiction and/or mental health treatment – even in the slightest way – knows it follows a curvy path. There are highs and lows, twists and turns; it looks more like a roller coaster then a straight assembly line conveyer belt.

As I tried to explain this to Angela I was quickly shut down. She was having nothing of it and went on to tell me that even today centers are over billing for unnecessary protocols,tests and expenses. My agreement with her position seemed to calm her a bit. The reality is treatment centers are like any other business and you will find some bad apples among the operators. Yet if you talk to a number of treatment centers as I do, many of the owners will tell you that the insurance companies have squeezed them so tightly that they can’t stay in business without using some form of creative billing. I’ve spoken with many practicing doctors and therapists who work everyday in the facilities treating their patients who are afraid to tell the insurance company someone is improving for fear that they’ll mandate a lower level of treatment before the patient is ready.

I decided to take control and shifted the discussion to outcomes. Angela informed me that out-patient treatment – the least expensive, drive-through treatment available – was showing great results; and later admitted there is no imperial data to support that claim. She also reminded me that the treatment centers could challenge her decisions and have the case arbitrated by one of their physicians. Upon hearing their physicians’ role, I asked Angela if she was familiar with the Physicians Health Program. She looked at me like I The Physicians Health Program came into presence in the early 70’s. At the time, many talented doctors were loosing their license to practice because they became addicted to the drugs they were prescribing, illicit drugs and also alcohol. The Physicians Health Program was created by doctors to act as an intermediary between addicted doctors and the medical board. They oversee the treatment of doctors in rehab. It’s a five year program that begins with intense level one, 90 day residential treatment minimum that can last for up to 180 days, sometimes longer. The Physicians Health Program is the most effective addiction treatment protocol available boasting a success rate of over 75%!

Every doctor with a license to practice knows about the Physicians Health Program. Any competent doctor in addiction treatment knows that the longer a patient stays in intense level 1 residential treatment, the greater their chance for a better outcome. This is where the hypocrisy becomes so thick you could cut it with a knife. The healthcare industry has proven that they can hire doctors – the ones Angela referred to as arbitrators – who are aware of effective treatment protocols, and for a few pieces of silver will look the other way and recommend treatment based on company profits that conflicts with the best interests of a vulnerable patient in need of lifesaving treatment; sickening.

What really got to me about my conversation was how warm Angela was until we began talking about addiction. It was as if a switch went off in her head and she became very cold and callus. Angela was unabashed in her description of the adversarial relationship existing between her and treatment centers. She clearly presented her perception of treatment centers being petty thieves whose prime objective is to rob her company vault of all its treasures. Angela delivery left no doubt that she has dehumanized treatment workers – and to a large extent, addicts – in her own mind. Never did it seem to register with her that these are helpless people who paid their premiums and desperately need treatment. I never got the impression that she realized her decisions could be the difference between life and death. Not once did we speak of the consequences of the decisions she made daily. Her views were so skewed towards the insurance company she works for that I really don’t think she could emotionally handle the complete reality of it all.

Most of the conversation was about money and almost nothing about effective Angela and I’d suspect the vast majority of her coworkers are no more qualified to be addiction/mental health case managers than I am to be an aerospace engineer. A well paid billing manager yes, but certainly not a case manager which could imply they’re acting in some way with interests of the patient in mind and have a background in mental health and/or addiction treatment. In fact, they are nothing more than a carefully fabricated image intended to create an illusion of the healthcare industry employs professionals in the field. But the veneer is paper thin. Just one scratch on the surface exposed Angela and her co-workers as being well educated in just about everything except addiction, mental health and their treatment. If I was forced to render a guess I’d say Angela has never even stepped foot in a treatment or detox center much less spent any time with a powerless person in the throes of trying to turn their lives around. I’d also go out on a limb and speculation that nearly all of her co-workers – if not all – are in the same boat.

After my conversation with Angela I couldn’t help but to harken back to the 2008 election cycle when some presidential candidates suggested that government run health care would create ‘death panels’ and put ‘the government between patient and doctor. As clearly shown within, their prediction partially came to fruition in the respect that death panels have indeed become part of the healthcare landscape. Where the candidates’ prophecy fell short in accuracy is the fact that the death panels are run by private sector insurance companies and not the U.S. Government. Healthcare company case managers like Angela are standing squarely between addicts and their doctors and therapists. The insurance industry is literally dictating treatment by way of the purse strings. The treatment facility either abides by the insurance companies’ demands or they don’t get paid – simple as that.

What is best for the patient, clinically appropriate and best practices never enters into the conversation. The curtain has been pulled back and enough fact has been exposed that no one is fooling anyone anymore. The hollowed out, cost-cutting addiction treatment protocols designed by the healthcare industry and implemented by treatment centers is woefully inept. This cost driven model was never designed to be effective, but rather to provide the illusion of treatment. There is a mountain of scientific research complete with real life case studies

that prove addiction treatment can be very effective. The best example of this is the Physicians Heath Program’s 90 to 180 day intense level one residential treatment followed up with long term comprehensive aftercare. As long as the patients remain faceless and the case managers and insurance company doctors can sit protected in their private cubical, addiction treatment will continue down this unsustainable path. The only action that could possibly change the course is a public outcry. 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 healthcare 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!

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:

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