Malibu Beach Recovery Centers
1720 Corral Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
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Throughout the decades, rock n’ roll has sometimes been associated with drinking and drugs. Wesley Geer, a well-known guitarist formerly of the rock band Korn, knows from personal experience how the two are often linked.
“I was a musician lost in my addiction, not knowing which way to turn,” he told Guitar World magazine. “But I listened to the people who said, ‘There’s a way out of this hole, and if you do certain things you could have this incredible life.’ I listened and I gave them a chance and I tried this life of recovery.”
In 2012, Geer founded Rock to Recovery, a music therapy program that helps clients in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction experience the healing powers of music. During Rock to Recovery sessions, a professional musician who is also in recovery guides clients in choosing an instrument and creating a song, with lyrics often inspired by their own recovery.
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers is pleased to offer Rock to Recovery as part of our experiential therapy options. In each session, clients get creative, laugh, dance and sing if they wish, work as a group, and express themselves in a way that’s freeing and fun.
For young people especially, listening to music or going to concerts or music festivals is central to their social lives. A key message of Rock to Recovery: individuals in recovery can thoroughly and completely enjoy music without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Another important message is that sobriety won’t take away an individual’s creativity. Many musicians, artists and actors who have struggled with addiction realize that being under the influence hurts their ability to work or perform.
Yet, at the same time, they have relied on drugs and alcohol to relieve anxiety, escape their worries, cope with stage fright or mask the symptoms of depression or other co-occurring mental health conditions. They fear that without drugs and alcohol, they will no longer be themselves.
Rock to Recovery shows individuals in rehab that sobriety doesn’t diminish creativity – instead, it’s the other way around. By thinking and seeing clearly, by breaking free of substances that dull the senses and slow thinking, the creative spark grows stronger.