The Ties That Bind Us

If you’re a musician in recovery, I want to tell your story.

 

Whether you have one year or 20, your experience, strength and hope is your spiritual commodity. You share it with those close to you, and sometimes with your fans … but The Ties That Bind Us is a unique opportunity for you to tell the world about your recovery journey: what it was like, what happened and what it’s like now.

 

For almost a quarter-century, I was a print journalist, and since 1999, I’ve been writing about entertainment – most specifically, music. I’m also in recovery myself; with more than 16 years clean, I’m now a storyteller (or, as my fancy title tells me, a “content development manager”) for Cornerstone of Recovery, one of the most respected treatment centers in the nation, located in East Tennessee. Here, I’m telling different sorts of stories … but I can’t ever give up my passion for music.

 

I’m still freelancing as an entertainment writer, but most recently, my partner (web guru Jack Merrifield) and I have launched this blog. It’s sponsored by Cornerstone as our employers, but it’s not about Cornerstone. Instead, it’s a platform to share to the world that rock ‘n’ roll does not always have to accompany drugs, and that the tragic ends of so many icons do not have to be something to which all musicians aspire.

 

It is, in other words, a way to carry the message: that an addict or an alcoholic, any of us, can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live. The message is hope – that’s where you come in. And by telling your story, you get to share the promise of freedom that recovery grants us.

 

Because The Ties That Bind Us is a unique interview series, the subjects themselves get to approve the final draft before it’s published. We want to honor various program traditions involving anonymity, but more importantly, we want those we interview to feel completely comfortable with how their journey is represented in story form.

 

If doing an interview intrigues you, please get in touch with me: 865-684-1628, or stevewildsmith@cornerstoneofrecovery.com. You’ll be giving of yourself, and your story might just inspire someone that you least expect to seek the same path out of the darkness that you and I have found.

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