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Friday, June 22, 2012

Giving and Receiving Love In Recovery

English: Jerry Cantrell - Alice in Chains - Ro...English: Jerry Cantrell - Alice in Chains - Roskilde Festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When people first decide to get sober they often wake up in a hospital room detoxing from their drug of choice or alcohol. Or they may have a friend that invites them to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Or their family decides to work with an interventionist to convince them of how their life will be different when they are clean and sober and they decide to seek treatment for their addiction.

One of the magical aspects of sobriety is that it includes giving back to your fellow addicts and alcoholics. In Alcoholics Anonymous giving back is woven into the 12th Step.
"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
Most times a 12th Step happens quietly and without a lot of fanfare; however, there are a number of non-profit organizations whose mission statements deal with health and welfare.  One such organization is MusiCares.
"MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community."
For eight years now, MusiCares has hosted a fundraising event to benefit the MAP Fund. This year's event took place on May 31, 2012, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. According to their press release the evening was about friendship, music and recovery.
"Alice In Chains' co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his commitment to the MusiCares MAP Fund and helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Certified interventionist Neil Lasher received MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. A longtime supporter of MusiCares, Lasher helped initiate the first Safe Harbor Room — MusiCares' support system at major industry events for artists and crew members facing addiction issues — in 1997 at the 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The event also included a special presentation commemorating the official launch of the DJ AM Memorial Fund in honor of the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein."
Here you can enjoy a video from the event honoring Jerry Cantrell.

Remember giving and receiving love one day at a time can be what an alcoholic needs.
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