Drinking and Doing Drugs Considered Occupational Hazards in the Music World

July 1, 2010

STATESBORO, Ga., July 1 /PRNewswire/ — The recent release of Eminem’s new album “Recovery” and his open discussions about his own personal struggles with addiction bring to light the significant challenges those in the music industry face while trying to rehab and recover from alcohol and drug addictions. To address these challenges, treatment facilities, such as Willingway Hospital, and music industry organizations, such as MusiCares®, have joined forces to provide people in the music world with the holistic support they need in the recovery process.

Research indicates that addiction is a problem that affects an estimated 10 percent of the general population. The problem is often larger within the music industry due to several specific challenges. Musicians are often are faced with a number of unique risks that include performing in clubs and bars where alcohol is served; the easy access to and availability of drugs; and the stress, boredom and lack of structure that come with life on the road. These issues, combined with recognized factors such as genetic predisposition and other external causes, can make substance abuse and addiction problems common throughout the music industry — from musicians, to producers, to roadies.

“Musicians, celebrities and other high-profile people definitely have a higher relapse rate — it’s just the nature of the beast,” said Robert W. Mooney, M.D., medical director of Willingway Hospital. “Addiction recovery is hard on anyone. However, the difficulties multiply exponentially for people recovering in the spotlight.”

As is the case with musicians, Mooney explained, successful recovery unfortunately only comes after they “reach the bottom.”

“Letting go of their notoriety and accepting a certain amount of humility often take longer because they’ve been catered to throughout their entire music careers,” he added.

Harold Owens, senior director, MusiCares MAP Fund®, clearly sees drinking and doing drugs as occupational-related hazards in the music world.

“Drinking alcohol and taking drugs perpetuates the mythology of the ‘Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ lifestyle that is frequently associated with the music industry,” said Owens. “You have a few drinks to calm down before you play, a few more when you’re done, and then you’re partying all night. The rock ‘n’ roll environment generally begins in bars and clubs, both places where up-and-coming bands get their start. Drugs and alcohol tend to be accepted and tolerated — almost encouraged — in the music world more than in most other industries. Thankfully, this is changing somewhat.”

MusiCares has become a leading force in the effort to identify, raise awareness of and address the problems of addiction in the music industry. In addition to the confidential addiction recovery resources that are available, MusiCares also provides addiction recovery support through its Safe Harbor Room®, a support haven for those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.

About Willingway Hospital

Willingway Hospital is a privately owned, 40-bed hospital specializing in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. Founded in 1971 by the late John Mooney, Jr., M.D. and his wife, the late Dot Mooney, the hospital is recognized as one of the first treatment facilities in the United States. It is located in Statesboro, Ga., on a serene and wooded 11-acre campus. Willingway offers a full range of services including assessments, medical detoxification, inpatient/residential, intensive outpatient, family counseling, extended treatment for men and women and continuing care. For more information, visit www.willingway.com.

About MusiCares

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy®, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.

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