Video of Speed Painter Dave Santia at the 2017 UFAM Rally!
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About Tommy Gunz
Tommy Gunz is a self-described “conscious, hip-hop lyricist and performing artist in recovery.” For the past year, he has also been Lyrical Life Coach and more recently became a group facilitator at The Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.As of this past June 16th, he’s been clean for two years.
He was a teen poet growing up in Detroit, who at 19 started recording and performing at underground parties, “freestyling” over beats for fun. During the years from 2004 to 2012, he recorded three CDs which he sold, hand to hand in the streets of Detroit, and in 2015, after beginning his journey from drug addiction to recovery, released his first recovery-based mixtape, “Still Sick and Suffering – Volume 1.” The last song in that collection was a goodbye letter to addiction and chronicles the start of his recovery, which established him a global following via social media.
It was that music that brought Tommy Gunz to Recovery Unplugged, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Austin, Texas, where they say, “music makes the difference.” The Recovery Unplugged® protocol blends an immersion in music with a variety of other therapies, offering addicts and alcoholics a unique program focused on long-lasting recovery.
In Friday group sessions with famed singer/songwriter Richie Supa (Aerosmith, Ozzie Osbourne, P!NK, Willie Nelson and many others) – who is also Recovery Unplugged®’s Director of Creative Recovery – Kraus raps about the week’s discussion themes. “Richie will perform a set of songs, talking throughout about his lyrics and getting reactions and thoughts, and will then play a couple of songs designed for me to jump in on and freestyle,” he says.
Kraus uses various styles of music to create receptive environments, targeted for specific therapeutic breakthroughs. He also creates unique, music catalogues for each new client so they have a personal experience while in treatment, which they then are able to take home with them. Additionally, Kraus hosts and performs at drug and alcohol free events, where addicts in recovery are offered a safe place to enjoy live music with their friends and families.
For recovery songs by Tommy Gunz, (and music from when he was using), go to: Reverb Nation.tommyrtkul8gunz Soundcloud.com/tommygunz/ Facebook.com/rtkul8 Facebook.com/rhymingrecovery.com Snapchat@tommygunz313
About Recovery Unplugged
Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Centers are alcohol and drug rehab in Florida and Texas that offer a rehabilitation approach that is unique and long lasting. The centers combine traditional and cognitive behavioral approaches that use music creation as a catalyst to break down defenses, inspire, and motivate the change necessary for long-term recovery and sobriety. Recovery Unplugged® is committed to providing hope and healing, using music to help individuals suffering from addiction all over the United States.
Contact Information: Alex Gallinari Recovery Unplugged +1 (914) 358-1200 Ext: 317
About RiseThe RISE Community caters to individuals coming from post‐alcohol and drug rehab, out of jail or prison, or those desperately trying to find alcohol-free a way out of addiction. RISE is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Lansing and close to the bus line for job opportunities, education options (GED and college), and health and human services providers. The RISE Community provides a stable environment and a true community to help the addict transition back into society as alcohol-free, productive citizen.
At RISE, you don’t get clean to be miserable… We Insist On Enjoying Life!To learn more about Rise, please visit www.wai-iam.com
From Rehab to Rockwood, Rocker ‘Reckless’ No More
BY SEAN EGAN | At 30, Matt Butler can finally look back with clarity at his time on a destructive path taken by many a musician given to the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle. Four years after spending his salad days as a Lower East Side rocker in the throes of addiction, Butler has emerged stronger, with a set of songs that grapples with his past and tracks his redemption.
“I’ve been writing songs and performing in bands my whole life for the most part, since I was a teenager — and I simultaneously struggled with drugs and alcohol from about the same age, and these were two very concurrent themes in my life,” Butler explained on the phone from his home in Chelsea. “The album was sort of like the after effect of, the result of, a lot of work that I had done processing my experiences of what I had been doing for the past few years of my life when I wrote it, and what my life was like at that moment — living and breathing and surrounded by these really, really intense stories. And most of that album is, for the most part, autobiographical.”
The album in question is Butler’s solo debut, “Reckless Son.” Direct in its message and brimming with pathos, the LP toes the line between rock and roll and folk-tinged, acoustic-based singer/songwriter material. In its plainspoken, poetic vignettes, it most vividly calls to mind Bruce Springsteen (“a big hero of mine,” Butler noted), as Butler tracks the precipitous lows of addiction, as well as his climb back to sobriety.
Released in late 2016, the record and accompanying performances have garnered enough goodwill to land Butler a March residency at the East Village’s Rockwood Music Hall. It’s a long way to come for Butler, who, prior to releasing the record, was working as a copywriter after a string of post-rehab odd jobs, and struggling to decide whether to even pick music back up again. “I was at a crossroads of my life,” he said. “I think if I was going to write or do anything creative, it’s just a thing that I had to do in order to move past it.”
Move past it he did, writing catchy and candid tales with himself at the center, full of friends and flames experiencing the manic highs and consequences of substance abuse, a coke dealer with a “Jameson grin,” and plenty of religious and familial imagery. “It was so interesting, the experience of trying to mine [that] for sort of an authentic truth,” the singer commented. “I mean, I was like drunk for 10 years straight, man. So much of it is just impressionistic.” Still, these aren’t, nor did Butler ever intend the album to be, a series of “drunkalogues.”
“It just took a lot of work, a lot of recovery work to get the perspectives that I needed in order to [get through] some of the inauthenticity and some of the self-pity that I had felt, and a lot of the anger,” Butler said of his creative process, and drudging up his darker days for his art. “I needed to get through those things in order to write the album that I felt sort of embodied the true spirit of what I wanted to say, which had much more to do with gratitude and humility.”
That sense of gratitude stems from the support system Butler discovered after reaching out for help with his addiction. By the time he checked into a Caron Treatment Center in April 2013 (caron.org), his father was fully convinced he’d get a call announcing his son’s death, Butler revealed. Over time, through those he encountered during recovery, and healing his relationship with his family (who “never left,” Butler gratefully recalled), he was able to conquer his demons.
“Every time I took a little baby step forward, there was somebody right behind me ready to catch me if I fell,” Butler said. At this point, sobriety has done much to help shore his music career. His extended Caron family still supports him, and he noted that the publishing deal that led to “Reckless Son” sprung from a serendipitous gig played at the Freedom Institute — his outpatient rehab facility at the time. But, that’s kind of how things have worked for Butler; wherever he goes, people react to his music’s openness.
“It’s really, really validating as an artist, as well, to be able to play music that people respond to so tangibly. There’s a lot of laughing and crying at a lot of these shows,” Butler noted. “You release your song and then it’s up to everyone else to have their experience with it. You want to honor that every time you perform it” — something he hopes to do at his upcoming Rockwood gigs.
“This is just this other extension of this second life that I’m having,” Butler summarized. “It really feels that way — like AD and BC. It’s just a whole new life as a musician, and this is just kind of the next phase of it.”
Speaker Profile Unite to Face Addiction Rally 2017
Joe Bellino Jr.
When your life starts to blossom, you have these dreams…
Drugs of Choice
Life’s Weird Moves…
- Six years working for the Catholic Charity, Society of St Vincent de Paul
- Owning my own small market – Broadway Market in Monroe, Michigan since 1998
- Fifteen plus years on the College Board of Trustees at Monroe County Community College
- Being able to be being involved in or giving to so many great charities
- And finally, but not least, being voted into public office the first time
These accomplishments are a real testament to the way I have lived my life the past 32 plus years. I am grateful to my sobriety and I endorse United to Face Addiction Michigan – UFAM. I look forward to presenting at the Rally May 18th!
Unite to Face Addiction Michigan
2nd Annual Rally and Advocacy Day
May 18th, 2017 9:00am until 5:00pm
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The UFAM Mission…Last year, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan brought together people from all walks of the recovery world: treatment centers; recovery allies; people in recovery; addiction professionals; law makers; educators and specialty groups. Speakers included Craig DeRoche, former Michigan Speaker of the House and person in long term recovery; Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalksi, a Senior Advisor at the Stuntman Group and advocate on addiction, who encouraged the crowd to get out and “do something” in order to promote change; and rally organizer Scott Masi from Brighton Center for Recovery.
2017 is Bigger and BetterWith hashtags like #strengthinunity, #togetherwecan and #silentnomore, UFAM is showcasing its collaborative effort this year. Organizations from all over the state, Michigan lawmakers, and private individuals have been instrumental in organizing this year’s rally. UFAM is dedicated to unifying the voices of the millions of Michigan citizens impacted by addiction. As well as give a voice to the many organizations working to change the way addiction is perceived and treated in our state.
2nd Annual Rally and Advocacy Day
May 18th, 2017 9:00am until 5:00pm
Activities for all…
- Legislative Bullpen – meet your State Legislators
- Over 50 Resource Tables
- Holistic Tent with Yoga, Acupuncture, Reiki Therapy and much more!
- Naloxone Training
Some of the many Speakers and Performers…
- Mark Lundholm – Acclaimed Comedian and Motivational Speaker
- Craig DeRoche – National Director Justice Fellowshipember
- John Schinholser – Director of McShin Foundation, Virginia
- Judge Jodi Switalksi – National Advocate Stutman Group
- Michael King – National Organization Facing Addiction
- Matt Butler – Musician, Generation Found Documentary
- Tommy “Gunz” Kraus – Artist, Recovery Unplugged
- Judge Clinton Canady – Ingham County Circuit Court
- RISE Recovery Community, Recovery Performance