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Rockin' Recovery

By: Super Star

Rockin' Recovery is the blog of Super Star, who chose to stay sober one day at a time after surviving an almost 15-year battle with addiction. He left the crack houses to mingle with Hollywood’s elite, which culminated in the creation of an all-star CD featuring his childhood musical heroes. Artists on the CD include current and former members of Kiss, Heart, The Goo Goo Dolls, Dokken and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He now devotes his life to educating others about the prevention and treatment of addiction.

 

Rockin’ in recovery

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Sep 04, 2012

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve

http://www.reneweveryday.com/assets/1/7/bbe74adcd78d44e1b2f77b524ae077ec1.jpgMore than four years ago I had an idea to write and record a rock ‘n’ roll CD of music that chronicled my life in addiction and what I was experiencing in recovery. It kind of was a no-brainer! I live for rock ‘n’ roll and I was submerged in recovery which made it a perfect match for me. So I sat down and started to write the lyrics and music. This opened up a path of deeper self-discovery and realizations. Dreams that had been buried deep inside of me were now being awakened.

One of the things I’m passionate in talking about is dream catching. It’s become such a critical topic to me because during my addiction any dreams I had were hidden deep within; not even recognizable to me. It wasn’t until I got sober that I started to reconnect with those things that brought me passion. That’s when the ideas started to flow bringing about visions of things I’d like to achieve.

Dream catching is not always the easy road but it is worth it, kind of like recovery. Staying in my active addiction would’ve been the easier path because it was one I was way too familiar with. Taking the steps to recovery was work – it took a willingness and focus and commitment. Basically, it was about becoming responsible for my choices. That’s like dream catching – it’s a lot of work and takes focus and commitment to stay on the path no matter how long the road seems or how challenging it becomes.

I have been met with a lot of resistance from others over the years encouraging me to give up my dreams and to live a “normal life.” So, when did putting dreams and aspirations on hold become “normal”? The way I see life now, having goals and working toward dreams is living. The other path of putting those dreams on hold is dying and that’s the life I was living when in active addiction for too many years; that got me nowhere good.

The path I’ve been walking since entering recovery continues to evolve. What started with the music CD, Serenity, has now morphed into a full-blown spectacle bringing awareness to substance use disorder and a celebration of recovery, rock ‘n’ roll style with the Rockin’ Recovery Tour!

The Rockin’ Recovery Tour, a family-friendly sober rock ‘n’ roll musical event, delivers a message of hope to those affected by addiction and mental health issues and celebrates the gifts of recovery! The performance includes songs about addiction and recovery including songs from the ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT CD,Serenity, and inspiring messages.

Rockin’ Recovery Tour 2012 is kicking off Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif.! Guest musicians will join me to perform for the Recovery Month event Recovery Happens 2012 sponsored by California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR). Last year, our performances were held in the northeast so I’m excited to bring the Rockin’ Recovery Tour 2012 to the west coast.

As I prepare to leave for Sacramento, I am reminded how life comes together as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other doing the next right thing. That’s what I call dreams catching and for me that’s rockin’ it out for recovery!

If you are going to be in the Sacramento area on Sept. 5, come on out and join in the celebration of hope.

Click here for more information.

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