MusiCares operates an Addiction Recovery Program that recognizes those issues unique to musicians in recovery at any stage of their career and whether they are on tour or performing locally."
Free Recovery Groups
MusiCares is aware that inpatient treatment is the first step toward long-term sobriety. The most challenging work of the recovering music person comes when the client leaves treatment and is immersed back into their daily lives. Now clean and sober, they can most often encounter the daily triggers and temptations of individuals, and certain lifestyle behaviors that got them into trouble, leading them to seek help to save their own lives. They are again faced with bandmates or friends who are still using, schedules that are erratic, clubs and venues that are redolent of their former lifestyles, and almost daily cues to use. To assist our clients in recovery, MusiCares offers various types of free recovery support groups in Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Fort Collins, Colo. These groups offer a safe environment in which clients can discuss the challenges of staying clean and sober in the music industry. For more information about any of the groups listed below, please contact one of our MusiCares offices.
Free Group Meetings
Tuesdays: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Kevin Kindlin, M.A., CSAC
8210 Melrose Ave., Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Fort Collins, Colo.
Wednesdays: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rein Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting
724 Whalers Way, #H102, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mondays: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Podesta Wellness, LLC
4322 Canal Street, upstairs, New Orleans, LA 70119
Tuesdays: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
244 East 58th St-5th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
1619 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212
Monday: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Recording Academy
3601 South Congress Ave. G-500
Austin, TX 78704
Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Local 76 Musicians Union, 3209 Eastlake Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
MusiCares Monthly Sober Jam
MusiCares' first Sober Jam took place in Austin, TX, in 2006. When it first began, it had an attendance of 10-20 members who wanted to get together in a safe, sober environment to enjoy and play their music. Many of them had never played sober before getting help. There were many stories of sobriety and songs written about their using days and experiences and then getting sober. It was a much-needed place for all music people who wanted to stay sober and learn how to have fun not drinking and using. It was not long before the Sober Jam mushroomed into an attendance of now up to 200 people. Gibson has graciously partnered in offering space to hold the Jam in their Gibson Showroom. The members love and protect this sacred ground for them to gather and volunteer to help the MusiCares staff make sure the evening is run safely and smoothly. They mingle, they laugh, they have fun and create, telling their stories, SOBER!
We are thrilled to announce that Los Angeles will be starting a second Sober Jam starting March 7, 2018 at the Beverly Hills Gibson Showroom. We are excited to partner with Gibson in making the MusiCares Sober Jam sessions a reality that benefits all sober musicians or music people.
Austin Sober Jam – First Monday night every month from 7-9pm
Los Angeles Sober Jam – Second Wednesday of every month from 7:30-9:30 pm
7561 Sunset Blvd. #103
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Safe Harbor Room
MusiCares has become a leading force in the effort to identify, raise awareness of and address the problems of addiction in our industry. In addition to the financial assistance that is available, MusiCares also provides addiction recovery support through its Safe Harbor Room program, supported by the Bohemian Foundation. MusiCares established its first Safe Harbor Room backstage at the 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast to provide a support system to artists and crew members struggling with addiction issues. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, the Safe Harbor Room offers a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares has expanded the Safe Harbor Room program to include locations and venues throughout the country.