Archives for September 2015

Unity, Service, and Recovery

Rockers In Recovery® – Media

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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RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS (Addiction Recovery Resources):

Amethyst Recovery Center – Get to know Michael Demasi by calling (888)550-8306

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Sound Pillow Sleep System

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We Are Not A Treatment Program or Advocacy Group – Since 2008 our sole purpose is to provide prevention and education awareness to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism. We do this through our online media platforms using music, news, events, and festivals taking place within and not limited to the clean and sober community, and along with our CORPORATE and RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS.
 
Rockers In Recovery® (RIR) – Addiction Recovery Based News & Media; Offering Community Outreach Development, Digital Media Branding, Social Media Content Distribution, Live Music Events, Live Stream Productions, Music and Meet and Greet Event Production. Local, Regional, and National Branding and Advertising, and Social Media Content Developing. Sign Up Today For The Newsletter
 
DISCLAIMER – Our WebsiteNewsletterRadio ShowsPostsLivestream ProductionsSocial Media Platforms, and Press Releases are based on opinion. They are not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional. If you have a medical Emergency Call 911 or go to your local hospital.
 
Sincerely,
John Hollis,
Director of Business Development
Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions Inc.

Please Call  –  (800) 892-2603

Rockers In Recovery® – Privately Owned Media and Production Company. Rockers In Recovery® Trademark is Privately Owned, No use of trademark or copyright in anyform is allowed without the consent of John Hollis and Lori Sullivan.

 

DISCLAIMER – Our Website is based on opinion and is not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional.

 

Using Music – Spreading The Message of Sobriety

Rockers In Recovery® – Media

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

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

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

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

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

Peace,

Keith Bayard

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RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS (Addiction Recovery Resources):

Amethyst Recovery Center – Get to know Michael Demasi by calling (888)550-8306

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Sound Pillow Sleep System

SoberMap App – Access 12 Step Meets In Your Area

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We Are Not A Treatment Program or Advocacy Group – Since 2008 our sole purpose is to provide prevention and education awareness to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism. We do this through our online media platforms using music, news, events, and festivals taking place within and not limited to the clean and sober community, and along with our CORPORATE and RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS.
 
Rockers In Recovery® (RIR) – Addiction Recovery Based News & Media; Offering Community Outreach Development, Digital Media Branding, Social Media Content Distribution, Live Music Events, Live Stream Productions, Music and Meet and Greet Event Production. Local, Regional, and National Branding and Advertising, and Social Media Content Developing. Sign Up Today For The Newsletter
 
DISCLAIMER – Our WebsiteNewsletterRadio ShowsPostsLivestream ProductionsSocial Media Platforms, and Press Releases are based on opinion. They are not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional. If you have a medical Emergency Call 911 or go to your local hospital.
 
Sincerely,
John Hollis,
Director of Business Development
Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions Inc.

Please Call  –  (800) 892-2603

Rockers In Recovery® – Privately Owned Media and Production Company. Rockers In Recovery® Trademark is Privately Owned, No use of trademark or copyright in anyform is allowed without the consent of John Hollis and Lori Sullivan.

 

DISCLAIMER – Our Website is based on opinion and is not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional.

 

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 16 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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RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS (Addiction Recovery Resources):

Amethyst Recovery Center – Get to know Michael Demasi by calling (888)550-8306

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Sound Pillow Sleep System

SoberMap App – Access 12 Step Meets In Your Area

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By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Rockers In Recovery® – Media, 9301 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL, 33138 United States. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.

We Are Not A Treatment Program or Advocacy Group – Since 2008 our sole purpose is to provide prevention and education awareness to anyone who suffers with drug addiction and alcoholism. We do this through our online media platforms using music, news, events, and festivals taking place within and not limited to the clean and sober community, and along with our CORPORATE and RECOVERY MEDIA PARTNERS.
 
Rockers In Recovery® (RIR) – Addiction Recovery Based News & Media; Offering Community Outreach Development, Digital Media Branding, Social Media Content Distribution, Live Music Events, Live Stream Productions, Music and Meet and Greet Event Production. Local, Regional, and National Branding and Advertising, and Social Media Content Developing. Sign Up Today For The Newsletter
 
DISCLAIMER – Our WebsiteNewsletterRadio ShowsPostsLivestream ProductionsSocial Media Platforms, and Press Releases are based on opinion. They are not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional. If you have a medical Emergency Call 911 or go to your local hospital.
 
Sincerely,
John Hollis,
Director of Business Development
Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions Inc.

Please Call  –  (800) 892-2603

Rockers In Recovery® – Privately Owned Media and Production Company. Rockers In Recovery® Trademark is Privately Owned, No use of trademark or copyright in anyform is allowed without the consent of John Hollis and Lori Sullivan.

 

DISCLAIMER – Our Website is based on opinion and is not meant to treat or diagnose any health or mental health issue of any kind. If you feel you need help for any health related issues please contact a physician or a mental health professional.