When founder of R2R, Wes Geer, paid a visit to Touchstones in Orange, CA he expressed that it was an establishment that he related to and could envision himself as a teen in a treatment program like ours. The young adolescents really connected with him from the very start...they sensed a genuine man who really cared and not just some famous rockstar. Since the incorporation of Rock to Recovery and Clinton Calton’s amazing passion and talent, the kids at Touchstones have been blessed with the opportunity to express themselves through the art of music. It truly is an experience like no other and watching these kids opening up and enjoying themselves in the R2R sessions is what it’s really all about. On behalf of Touchstones and the Social Model Recovery Systems agency, we are forever grateful for what Rock to Recovery has done for our adolescents in recovery!
Rock to Recovery is a beautiful and essential program in the work of recovery. I worked as a therapist at an outpatient treatment center where they hosted weekly Rock to Recovery group sessions for the clients. The work of recovery is arduous and painful. R2R provides a dose of much-needed joy while also enhancing clients' sense of self-efficacy and sparking their creative appetite. It is an alternative avenue through which clients can access and articulate their emotions via the creation of music and lyrics. Sonny, the facilitator that led the sessions, is one of the best humans I've met and was much beloved by the clients.
After struggling with addiction for years before treatment I had completely lost all will to create. Sonny helped me to sing for the first time in years, not only that, but write, record, and sing with an AMAZING group of people! I had always had awful stage fright and the atmosphere of these experiences helped me to grow and come out of my shell. I’m so proud of the music that I was so lucky to help create, and I’m still creating to this day because I’m no longer afraid of putting myself out there. Much love to sonny & drew
Thank you Sonny for creating a life changing therapy organization. Thank you Brandon for being the most Rad teacher. I was in treatment in Malibu and was struggling with my depression and was not looking forward to the normal group therapy sessions they made us go to. When I went to my first Rock to Recovery session I was blown away by Brandon and the concept if making music as therapy. It was the only therapy that allowed me to be present in the moment and forget my problems while I was playing an instrument or writing a song. Im not much of a musician at all but the way the walk you through everything made it so easy and enjoyable. I would recommend this to All recovering addicts. I still keep my 30day guitar pick they gave me and will do so forever because they plyed a huge roll into my first and last recovery. Im forever grateful for this program! To everyone involved with Rock to Recovery you are RAD!
When I first got into Rehab in 2016 in West LA, Rock2Recovery was coming in weekly to provide some spirit, strength, and hope through music to us as we struggled through the early days of sobriety. Often it was simply being in a room, lowering the shoulders, and getting out of my head for an hour or two that was the major contributor in my desire to move forward as a sober man. My instructor Sonny was fun, engaging, supportive, and most of all loving. Having a Rad rock&roll dude to spend time with and kick ideas off of, make music with, and understand that sobriety “can” be fun was instrumental in my recovery. We made original songs where everyone got involved, even some of us that were struggling for energy and enthusiasm in prior groups. Tired of constant self reflection and process groups, Rock2Recovery opened the door to a willingness that helped save my life. I am forever grateful for my experience in that room and I continue to attend events put on by the company, as there arms extend well beyond the classroom and into the world of philanthropy.
My name is Jason, I am currently a member of the band "Finally Living" I play drums and percussion. The experience with the band has been fantastic.
I am the Executive Director of Balboa Horizon, a residential treatment center and am pleased to share my experience with Rock to Recovery. One of the reasons I agreed to come work for Balboa was the owners willingness to “step outside the box” in their search for innovative and better ways to treat addicts. Rock to Recovery, the brainchild of Wes Geer was one of those ideas they were willing to try.
For 4 years I have been conducting “exit interviews” with clients leaving treatment to see what worked for them, what didn’t and what we could have done to be a better treatment center. We are talking hundreds of men and women, and almost every one of those clients rated rock to recovery as a favorite group. Clients early in the recovery process are often overwhelmed with guilt and shame, can be defiant and negative-plagued by uncontrollable mood swings, deep seated fears, low confidence and poor self-esteem. When they get to rock to recovery, they form and name a band, they write a song, they practice the song and they record the song-and in that process community and connections are being formed and our clients are able to move beyond their comfort zone in a safe atmosphere.
Clients in Rock to Recovery, over a very short period of time report a decrease in depression and anxiety, and an increase in positivity. The experience of most is one where confidence is enhanced, self-esteem improves, connection to peers is deepened and clients start having fun-sober. Music, something most of us enjoy has an incredible healing power. Wes Geer and the Rock to Recovery team is making a huge impact on the lives of people recovering from addiction and PTSD. I routinely sit in to listen to the magic, and often end up dancing…………
I have worked in the field of addiction for 18 years. For the last five years at Balboa Horizons we have been very blessed to have had Wes and his team or better yet family of Rock to Recovery musicians working with our clients that suffer from substance abuse, mental illness and/or other related traumas.
What Rock to Recovery achieves is nothing short of miraculous. I have seen rapid change and healing happen in front of my eyes with some of the most traumatized broken individuals, that honestly felt they were never going to get better after seeing professionals for so many years without having any success. In other words, I believe the work that Rock to Recovery does is so vital that it is sometimes the difference between life or death for people with deep emotional wounds. THESE GUYS SAVE LIVES!
As an MFT working in treatment for addiction, I've had the great privilege of participating in Rock to Recovery sessions on a weekly basis at multiple facilities for the past 4 years. In all my therapeutic training I've yet to encounter a more effective and transformative treatment modality than Rock to Recovery. I've witnessed clients with crippling social anxiety step up to the mic, overcome their biggest fears and sing their hearts out. I've seen countless addicts enter the sessions carrying mountains of shame and leave feeling like they just played a sold out show at the Hollywood Bowl. Each week the clients are blown away at the fact that they can write, perform and record an original song in less than 90 minutes. It works wonders for self esteem in early recovery and most importantly it shows these guys that they can still have a lot of fun in sobriety. It's both healing and energizing; and for those more non verbal mental health clientele it opens up a doorway for emotional communication. R2R is all kinds of rad and lives up to every bit of the hype!
I encountered Rock to Recovery when I was invited to sit in on a session at a treatment center where I served as Director of Addiction Research. The impact this program makes on participants is mind-blowing. It helps people find courage, resilience, a sense of teamwork and enjoy a job well done. The creativity unleashed is beautiful. Most important, it inspires people to stay in treatment and supports their recovery. I support this program and its work wholeheartedly.
Rock to Recovery has been providing groups in the substance abuse treatment centers I oversee for the past five years. From the first group, it was evident they were doing something truly special. Their groups are fun and engaging for the clients. They also provide an avenue for them to express themselves in ways they are not always able to with traditional talk-therapies. Creating a song that expresses their feelings is sometimes much less threatening for clients who have difficulty verbalizing their struggles. Music is such a positive creative outlet and many clients have found their experiences in Rock to Recovery to be incredibly healing. They also feel a sense of accomplishment and community at the end of the group when they have worked together to create something positive. Wes, and his entire team, are wonderful examples that you can live a sober life full of passion and fulfillment. Veronica Parker, M.S., LMFT, Clinical Director of Casa Capri and Windward Way Recovery
I am one of the founders of Anchored Tides Recovery. We are an all women's after care program. Rock to Recovery brings so much joy to our women by cultivating their creativity through music. I have seen the facilitators break down barriers with our women and it absolutely warms my heart. I have walked into the group and seen them all participating and singing along. I have heard nothing but positive feed back from our clients!
Rock to Recovery came to a recovery retreat I hosted and did so much to help inspire the group creatively. Seeing our participants write and record a song in an hour was heartwarming and I'm so grateful to Brandon for the gift.
This program helped me to explore my creative passions after feeling so lifeless and dead from my active addiction. I’m so very grateful to of had sonny and Brandon believe in my talents and revive my musical/lyrical confidence. Truly a spiritual experience in itself.
I'm the founder of HomeFront Rising, a nonprofit that helps improve the lives of veterans through the arts. Rock to Recovery's mission is similar, so we're natural allies. The two groups jointly present workshops to veterans and others who live at Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach. The standard of excellence is high in every regard. I'm particularly impressed by how Rock to Recovery's Will Nephew adapts to circumstances and personalities. Our participants are very diverse, and Will makes it work for everyone. The veterans love it and look forward to it!
As a recovering alcoholic of just over 5 years, and a Bad Religion fan for 23 years, I wanted to check out this show to listen to BR bassist Jay Bentley tell his story. My girlfriend, who is also a recovering alcoholic joined me. We enjoyed it so much, not only listening to the show together, but discussing the show together as well, it has become a Sunday night tradition for us. We have even mentioned the show in our local AA meetings here in Kansas. Can’t say enough about this amazing radio show about music and recovery.