As my day-to-day goes, I’ve settled in to a pretty regular routine when it comes to recovery-related thinking. Outpatient group therapy, individual counseling, A.A. meetings, blogging, and so on. These are activities that don’t require any forethought; I know that I’ll be sharing about my recovery during them, so I am mentally prepared as second-nature.
What I haven’t so much encountered is an unexpected intrusion of recovery-related material into my stream of consciousness. Earlier today, I experienced just this. I was idly browsing my social media photo stream, and was nonplussed when my eyes landed on this while scrolling through:
Obviously some kind of time tracker, but what stopped me short was the caption:
This I was not expecting. Let me back up for a second and explain the context: Louisahhh!!! is a professional vocalist/DJ whose artistic attitudes & values I identify with (thus, I follow her photo sharing stream).
Infectious. These are the kind of tracks that are like sonic drugs, in and of themselves. [WARNING] Video contains images of alcohol consumption, firearms discharging, and poolside partying.
Download: Brodinski feat. Louisahhh!!! – Let The Beat Control Your Body http://dl.soundowl.com/28n5.mp3
Anyway, I was taken aback by this. Not that I am overly informed about this individual’s personal life; I had just never heard any mention of former addict/alcoholic tendencies. It’s no secret that musical stars of the stage have a long, boozy history of flirting with substance use and abuse. With the recent emergence in the popularity & accessibility of dance music and DJing, the once-underground electronic scene (now burgeoning with the loose cash of youngsters desperate to fit in) has also become very party-centric. The word “rave” has always had illicit connotations tied to it (fun fact: my high school senior prom committee was told to change the official theme from “rave” to just “techno” for exactly this reason).
Download: Senor Stereo feat. Louisahhh!!! – I Am The Beat (Treasure Fingers Remix) http://dl.soundowl.com/ana.mp3
So it’s rare in this culture to hear much about performers in active recovery, or industry moguls helping to educate their consumer base about the dangers of designer drugs. When your target demographic is 16-25 years old and (ideally) has plenty of disposable income, it’s not really the smart play to openly discuss the ugly underbelly of what goes on. Kids definitely do not think it’s “cool” for their superstar heroes to announce themselves as committed to sobriety – it’s all about “raging” to extreme excess these days (and this applies to the current generation of teenagers at large, not just rave-goers).
This was a refreshing breath of air, to see that someone who’s life work I so respected is equally as committed to their recovery & sobriety. So many celebrities go through “rehab,” but it never seems to stick (though Robert Downey Jr.’s career is a shining example of transforming rock bottom into diamond tops). When your life is all cash money and lavish attention, the party never stops. It is both inspirational and encouraging when someone in a position of power or stature successfully kicks the habit – especially if the fact takes you by surprise.
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