Rock to Re­cov­ery un­leashes power of rock ’n’ roll to help pa­tients in re­hab

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While many ad­dic­tion treat­ment cen­ters of­fer ther­a­peu­tic ses­sions in­volv­ing paint­ing or yoga, for­mer Korn gui­tarist Wes­ley Geer’s Rock to Re­cov­ery puts mu­sic to work.

Geer, who went through re­hab him­self in the late 2000s, started the project in 2012 to of­fer mu­sic ther­apy as a new form of ther­a­peu­tic re­lease in treat­ment cen­ters. It has ex­panded from its base in Cal­i­for­nia, where it holds about 400 ses­sions a month, to two treat­ment cen­ters in Nash­ville.

“Mu­sic helps re­mind the opi­oid ad­dict that there is a joy and hap­pi­ness and nat­u­ral high deep in­side them with­out drugs,” Geer told Nash­ville’s NewsChan­nel 5.

Par­tic­i­pants can “rock to re­cov­ery” with­out a mu­si­cal back­ground, and they’ll end the pro­gram with a song cre­ated with a band of their peers and pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians who are also in re­cov­ery. The pro­gram seeks to help pa­tients re­cover emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally.

“Peo­ple in re­cov­ery can start be­com­ing ac­ti­vated, re­con­nect­ing to peo­ple thru the process, as play­ing mu­sic does or­gan­i­cally, what psych meds do, help­ing to stim­u­late sero­tonin, dopamine, en­dor­phins, and oxy­tocin (the ‘love mol­e­cule’) nat­u­rally,” ac­cord­ing to Rock to Re­cov­ery’s Face­book page.

In Nash­ville, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is part­ner­ing with treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties Foun­da­tions Re­cov­ery Net­work and Buf­falo Val­ley.

Rock to Re­cov­ery’s fundrais­ing con­certs have re­ceived sup­port from the likes of Billy Idol and the late Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton of Linkin Park.


Rocker Wes­ley Geer leads a ses­sion to demon­strate the pro­gram at Foun­da­tions Re­cov­ery Net­work.

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