Benefit Helps Musicians Struggling With Addiction

By Staff Writer

Rock and roll music is often associated with extravagant lifestyles that frequently include the use drugs. However, few people who are attracted by this type of life stop to think about the consequences of their substance abuse.

A recent fundraiser in New York City was held as part of an effort to raise awareness of the addiction problems frequently faced by musicians, according to the Wall Street Journal. The event also collected money fordrug rehab programs that help these individuals.

Dr. John, a musician who was popular in the 1960s and 70s and who performed at the event, told the news source that he had seen thousands of musicians who were addicted to some [one] drug or another throughout the course of his career. He even admitted to once having substance abuse problem himself, though he is now sober.

Regardless of the lifestyle a person chooses, drug abuse does not have to be a part of it. Even for individuals who have become hooked on drugs or alcohol, addiction rehab programs may be able to help them overcome their problems. More than 23 million people seek such treatment each year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.