Real Deal Recovery


Going out on the road as a clean and sober musician can be quite daunting. Depending on how well your tour is funded; you may find yourself traveling in some very tight quarters with using collaborators not sympathetic to your commitment to recovery. After 32 years clean and sober, many tours of the United States, Europe, and Japan, I will lay out some strategies that have helped me deal with the pressures of touring while

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I can sum up my recovery in two words: giving and asking. This blog is about asking. You see, the reason I haven’t relapsed — even after experiencing serious adversity and loss a few times over in the last thirty-two years — is that I have always had the willingness to ask for help.   When I got out of treatment in my early twenties, I had the gift of desperation, and was motivated to

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There are many ways to do a 1st step, and this is just one of them. The one I am presenting here is based on my spiritual experience with the step, and is by no means the best or most effective. However, I have found that the people I work with love its simple and focused approach. If you have seen the David Letterman talk show, which is filmed right down the street from my

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 March 15th, 2016