Recovering Addicts Gather At Festival To Put A Face On Recovery


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


11:30AM Speakers
12:00PM – Muddy Shews and Friends
1:00PM – Miz
2:00PM – Jam Alker
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;

Pics From The Stage Video Wall


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

Production Partners

Clearbrook Treatment Centers  – Get to know Dr. Nick by calling 888-414-4209

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


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



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