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Putting Recovery On The Map

03-28-17 | By

Music for Balance: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Music Festivals have become increasingly more popular over the years. Every year millions of people attend 100s of festivals throughout the United States.

Some media likes to cover how many drugs were seized, who was arrested, who died. The articles and videos get tons of views and shares.

Sobriety on the festival grounds.

What they seem to leave out, is a number of people that are going to these music festivals sober. Some of these attendees are going sober because of a dark past with drugs and are now in recovery and remain abstinent from all mood and mind altering substances. Others choose to go sober because they want to live in the moment. They don’t want their memories of the weekend to be a blur. Some people go for both reasons, some go for other reasons, all of them we support.

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd year of the soon to be legendary Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in central Florida.

I met a lot of amazing people in a very diverse crowd.

There were lots of college kids ready to party their hearts out on spring break, probably 60% of the crowd, good for them. Go out and get crazy, have fun, meet people, share stories. There some classic dirty hippies, some businessmen, some artists, some musicians, some writers, some lawyers, some nurses and some cops. The crowd was beautiful.

There were no fights that I witnessed, there were no deaths, there was a lot of love. It was amazing.

I’ve been to my share of music festivals, I’ve seen some amazing bands, danced my heart out to some legendary DJs and have met some amazing people. I’ve learned some awesome things.

Okeechobee festival has an amazing sober support group. These guys go to dozens of festivals through the United States. Soberchobee. They host meetings throughout the day, they support your sobriety.

Music is the drug.

You don’t need to take 10 hits of molly that you washed down with Fireball to dance your heart out to Bassnectar.

Never take acid or mushrooms and wander into a heavy metal set.

Paul McCartney put on the greatest concert of all time and that will ever be at Bonnaroo in 2013.

When it comes to glow-sticks, one is too many and a thousand is never enough.

Never leave a good set early to try and get a good spot for a different act.

Live in the moment.

I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, young and old, who are in recovery from substance use disorders. They all know you don’t need drugs to have a good time, especially at a music festival like Okeechobee.

These people are able to live their lives exactly how they want to.

Music is their drug.

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