How MusiCares Supports The Recovery Community Year-Round
This September, MusiCares is recognizing National Recovery Month by supporting those in recovery through a series of programs about addiction, sobriety, and treatment practices and providers. Supporting the recovery community is an essential component of MusiCares' mission.
While the addiction crisis in America impacts all of us, the music community is particularly vulnerable to addiction issues. A 2018 survey found that musicians were twice as likely to drink alcohol four or more times a week—coming in at a rate of 31 percent—compared to the general U.S. population's 16 percent. The survey also found musicians were five times more likely to have used cocaine in the last month, and almost three times more likely to have used opiates.
Although MusiCares is highlighting recovery work this September, the Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Team at MusiCares works hard every day to help those struggling with addiction. Here's how MusiCares supports the recovery community, year-round.
Monetary Support for Addiction Treatment
Rehab is expensive. While the cost of inpatient treatment programs varies, it typically ranges between $14,000 and $27,000 for a 30-day program. Through MusiCares' financial assistance program, music community members can receive grants to attend 30-day inpatient treatment programs, which allow them to go to rehab at no cost to themselves.
MusiCares can also provide referrals to treatment programs in our provider network that have been vetted by licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors. In addition to inpatient treatment programs, MusiCares also provides financial grants and referrals to outpatient treatment, sober living, coaching, counseling, and psychiatric care. To learn more or apply for assistance, visit musicares.org/
Free Cyber Recovery Groups
Every week, MusiCares hosts seven virtual addiction recovery group meetings. A little deeper than a 12-step meeting, but not quite as intense as a process group, these groups offer a safe environment where participants can discuss the challenges of staying clean and sober in the music industry. Groups are free of charge and open to any music person interested in attending. To find out more, click here.
Safe Harbor Rooms
Working late nights at concerts, festivals and awards shows, music industry professionals are often surrounded by drugs and alcohol in their work environments. As a result, MusiCares established the Safe Harbor Room Program to provide a supportive place at live music events around the country, where artists and crew members with addiction issues can find communal support.
Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, the Safe Harbor Room offers a network to those in recovery while they are participating in music festivals, concerts, the production of televised music shows, and other major music events. Click here to find out where our Safe Harbor Rooms will be.
NARCAN (Naxolene) is a nasal spray used for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose that works by reversing the effects of opioids in the brain. When used correctly, 93.5 percent of people survive their overdose, according to a review of emergency medical services in Massachusetts. MusiCares has partnered with NARCAN providers to host training workshops across the country and provide workshop participants with their own NARCAN should they ever need to use it.
In one survey of U.K. musicians, 45 percent reported problems with alcohol (Forsyth, Lennox & Emslie 2016). Dialogue around addiction and mental health is a crucial part of the recovery process, which is why the Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Team hosts panels, workshops, and other programs year-round to address these topics.
MusiCares has hosted educational workshops about suicide, panel discussions about staying sober while on tour, addiction, and the aging community, and more. To attend a MusiCares program, click here.