Richie Supa, songwriter/guitarist of Aerosmithâ€™s GRAMMY-winning “Pink” and director of creative recovery on behalf of Recovery UnpluggedÂ® Treatment Center, a South Florida-based addiction care organization blazing new trails in the treatment of chemical dependency;Â Jessie Allen, project manager for The Recording AcademyÂ® Florida Chapter representing the MusiCares FoundationÂ® which provides a wide range of assistance for members of the music industry; andÂ Flo Rida, GRAMMYÂ®-nominated rapper, joined forces to to raise awareness and supportÂ MusiCares addiction recovery programs.
Flo Rida performed his hits “I Cry” and “Good Feeling,” and provide an inspirational talk to Recovery Unplugged clients to create awareness surrounding MusiCaresÂ® addiction recovery programs. Flo Rida also discussed his uphill climb as a musician and how he could have benefitted from MusiCares’ resources when he was a struggling musician in his hometown of Carol City. Richie Supa alsoÂ performed the title track from his recent recovery-themed album, Enemy.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community,Â including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.
The MusiCares MAP FundÂ® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor RoomÂ® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Photos by: Natalia Garcia