Addiction Recovery

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.


Cyber Emotional Support Groups in Partnership with ASCAP

Feeling stressed or anxious about the state of the music industry at the moment? Feeling down or simply needing a bit of community and support? Please join us weekly for one of our confidential cyber support groups. These groups are free of charge and occur weekly. Contact the group leader below for more information and dial-in instructions.

Nashville, TN
Thursday: 4pm-5pm PT -Pete Harris, PhD or (615) 279-3663
Pete Harris, PhD has over 19 years working as a licensed psychologist. Combining neuroscience and evidence-based methods, Pete help clients increase awareness, heal from past wounds, and access their innate strengths.

Los Angeles, CA
Friday: 1pm-2pm PT -Paul Ill or (818) 634-8953
Paul Ill is a graduate of Berklee College of Music who is currently completing his MFT Practicum at Northcentral University. He is a former United States Air Force Officer, Combat-eta Disabled Military Veteran who has earned a living in the music industry as a successful musician and songwriter.


Women's Support Group

Nashville, TN
Thursday: 12pm– 1pm CT - Danielle Bowker, LPC/MHSP or (615) 640-6886
Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee with a private practice in the Nashville area. She is able to offer a unique perspective having grown up as a child in and around the music industry and as the wife of a touring Weekend Warrior. Danielle also has over ten years of experience working directly with music professionals. She is a certified EMDR clinician and specializes in trauma-informed care for those in the industry.


Cyber Addiction Recovery Support Groups

A little deeper than a 12-step meeting and note quite as intense as a process group, MusiCares offers a variety of weekly groups for the recovering community. Groups are free of charge and open to any music person interested in attending. Contact one of the group leaders below for more information and dial-in instructions.

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday: 2pm– 3pm PT -David Roberti, CADC II or (310) 993-3184
David Roberti CADC II, Addiction Counselor and Mental Health Coach. He is a graduate of the UCLA Addiction Counseling Program, Musician’s Institute (PIT), and Dick Groves’ Music Program.

Fort Collins, CO
Wednesday: 6pm– 7pm PT -Marty Rein, PhD or (970) 829-7399
Marty has a B.M. in Music Education and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addition Counselor. Marty has also worked professionally as a bassist for four decades in the music industry including touring, recording, managing, and teaching both privately and in the public-school setting.

New Orleans, LA
Thursday: 4pm– 5pm PT -August Boyd, LCSW or (504) 638-8008
August Boyd is a licensed social worker. August completed her undergraduate degrees in creative writing, film, and jazz studies at the University of Southern California. She completed her graduate work at Louisiana State University’s School of Social Work. She has significant experience assisting individuals with substance-use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. August is currently the Clinical Director at Imagine Recovery in New Orleans.

New York, NY
Tuesday: 4pm– 5pm PT -Victoria Mierlak, LCAT
Tori Mierlak, MT-BC, LCAT received her undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music with a focus on voice and music therapy. She went on to receive her master’s in music therapy from NYU as well as completing her advanced training in vocal psychotherapy with Dr. Diane Austin. Tori has worked in the field as a music psychotherapist since 2006 with various populations and has extensive experience as a singer/songwriter.

Austin, TX
Thursday: 2pm– 3pm PT -Anita Jung, LPC
Anita Jung is a licensed psychotherapist who has been working with creatives in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. She is also an internationally acclaimed lecturer and author of musical hypnotherapeutic audio recordings.

To download the full schedule of all free group sessions, click here



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.