Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"STOP" 2014


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Monday, August 25, 2014

"Andy Devine" 2014


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"Hoyt Axton" 2014


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Alltreatment.com article on recovery art.


Art Therapy Makes Recovery Beautiful

Categorized in Rehab and Recovery
Art Therapy Makes Recovery Beautiful
Visual art therapy has been used to help treat substance abuse for over 60 years. One of the first people to pioneer art therapy in this field was Elinor Ulman, a woman who got her start working in alcohol rehabilitation in the 1950’s. AllTreatment had the pleasure of interviewing Marie Wilson, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, LPC, coordinator for Art Therapy programs at Caldwell College, about the addiction-healing properties of creative expression.

The Benefits of Creating Art

"Artistic expression fulfills both emotional and psychological needs," says Dr. Marie Wilson. Those who are engaged in art therapy have an opportunity to break down mental barriers in a less traumatic way, a cathartic process that can be extremely therapeutic for confronting violent emotions such as anger and denial. Artistic creation can integrate unconscious thought and conscious behavior as well as differentiate between feeling states, therefore lessening confusion.
According to Wilson, one of the most paramount characteristics of visual art therapy is that it assists in shame reduction by transforming feelings of guilt and allowing the patient to approach them on their own terms. Art gives adults permission to “play” in a healthy way, while letting them revisit missed developmental tasks. For people who come from a shakier or dysfunctional family upbringing, it allows them to safely look at the trauma that they have experienced.

Art Therapy for Addiction

Art therapy is a unique combination of the inherent healing qualities given by the creative process and the informed use of psychological principles in the service of compassion. As with practitioners in the other fields of clinical therapy, these professionals use a variety of philosophical perspectives and counseling theories, combining both person- and process-oriented approaches that are most effective when working with an addicted client.
“Addicted clients can begin to explore the use of art as a language for their thoughts and feelings.” - Dr. Marie Wilson
Use of creative modalities in inner child work is largely based on the belief that painful childhood memories associated with shame are preverbal in origin and not easily accessible through words. The creative process provides both emotional safety and containment through use of metaphor and personal symbolism, while facilitating direct expression of emotions and experiences through use of images rather than words. These creative modalities give patients' inner child a voice, and this helps them release pent-up emotions from past experiences that have become hidden in the confines of their memories.

Art becomes the language that the addict’s thoughts and feelings use as a medium. Unresolved emotional issues that have been kept under wraps by their addictions are now beginning to show. These feelings usually begin to surface in the early stages of treatment, and creativity helps them put together their own resources of inner wisdom and knowledge. Making art provides a sense of mastery or control, unlike the whirlwind of chaos that the person feels while in the midst of their addiction.
Oftentimes, addicts were raised in dysfunctional or abusive families and are frequently the children of alcoholics or drug users. These people unfortunately carry a larger burden than most, with a multitude of traumatic experiences that have still not been dealt with in a rational and logical way. These families did not provide the structure, predictability, or nurturing that is necessary for teaching self-regulatory or problem solving skills. Largely, these families tend to be emotionally unresponsive or extremely reactionary, fueled from crisis to crisis. Most adults who grew up in families like these remember feeling flawed or defective from an early age.
Making art provides a sense of mastery or control, unlike the whirlwind of chaos that the person feels while in the midst of their addiction.
Due to the very common nature of their upbringing, art therapy is an extremely useful avenue for addicted people to explore. These individuals don’t often speak about what has troubled them most in their past, and art allows the unspeakable to be spoken.

The Rewards of Being an Art Therapist

We asked Dr. Wilson what her most meaningful experience as a visual art therapist has been. The following was her reply:
“There are many meaningful experiences in my role as an art therapist and art therapy educator. In terms of clinical work, I most enjoy watching what happens when clients involve themselves with art materials. I enjoy seeing the creative, inquisitive inner child in each of them as they give themselves permission to explore, play, and create.
"Clients can explore and create without fear of reprisal. They are allowed to make mistakes and take risks. The simple act of building up and tearing down may be an activity never experienced by a client who was fearful that his every move was either under the scrutiny of critical parents or never tried because mistakes aren’t allowed. Creativity gives adult addicts permission to play without serious regression or significant loss of control, thereby nurturing the child within and providing opportunity to accomplish as adults what they could not as children.”
Art Therapy
By Parker Lanier, a recovering addict who uses expressive art therapy in his recovery.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I am pretty sure this is the only time Tim McGraw and I will be mentioned in the same article.

 Recovery Musicians Authors and Artists

The gift of writing and making art is a special God given ability which is a great source of inspiration. This art form can provide courage, strength and hope while also provoking thoughts in ways that are new to the reader. Many artists in recovery are able convey their journey into words of wisdom, music and/or art that empower and have a positive impact on the reader. We value their talent and are grateful for their hard work and devotion. 

"Science Has No Solution" by Parker L.

 

You can see more of Parker's Recovery Art at his website
Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw's sobriety is a work in progress
In this interview Tim states "When I first started, I was really nervous. You could hear my voice quiver. So I started drinking a bit and that helped. A lot of entertainers have a few drinks before going onstage and don't overdo it. Me, it turned into a bigger habit. But I stopped that. I was getting older, and I was thinking about my kids," he says. He adds that getting sober has been a work in progress three or four years, but he has been completely done for over a year. "I think I'm more comfortable now. I can feel a real connection with the audience that maybe I was masking before."

Tim McGraw singing "Better Than I Use To Be"


"Better Than I Used To Be" Lyrics

I know how to hold a grudge
I can send a bridge up in smoke
And I can't count the people I've let down, the hearts I've broke
You ain't gotta dig too deep
If you wanna find some dirt on me
I'm learning who you've been
Ain't who you've got to be
It's gonna be an uphill climb
Aww honey I won't lie

I ain't no angel
I still got a still few more dances with the devil
I’m cleanin up my act, little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

I’ve pinned a lot of demons to the ground
I’ve got a few old habits left
There’s one or two I might need you to help me get
Standin in the rain so long has left me with a little rust
But put some faith in me
And someday you’ll see
There’s a diamond under all this dust

I ain't no angel
I still got a still few more dances with the devil
I’m cleanin up my act, little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

I ain't no angel
I still got a still few more dances with the devil
But I’m cleanin up my act, little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

 Complete article on art and recovery here

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Early treatment center. Dropkick Murphys at Bellows Farm.

Dropkick Murphy’s at Bellows Farm
While the Dropkick Murphys are a fine group, I’ve always been more interested in the name of the band itself. Members have always told that they took the name from a supposed detox center, owned and operated by a former wrestler by the name of John “Dropkick” Murphy. The Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has salted his columns with mentions of the place for years— generally in reference to the Kennedys—well before the existence of the band of the same name. E.g.:
“And how would you like to be Joe Kennedy? Here’s your uncle, looking more like an escapee from Dropkick Murphy’s every day, and he says he’s going to run again in 1994? ”
- Howie Carr. Boston Herald. October 28, 1991
So while the name of the place is fairly well-known (around Boston anyway) its actual existence has remained somewhat more legendary. Several places mention that its official name was “Bellows Farm” located in Acton, Massachusetts. There is now a road called “Bellows Farm Road” in Acton on or near the original property.


"Cosmic Cowboy" 2014


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Live at Gruene Hall" 2014


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Dolly" 2014


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"The Possum" 2014


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Thursday, August 7, 2014