Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD
Tens of thousands of Americans die from substance abuse and suicide each year. Millions more suffer from mental health disorders. Rock to Recovery® – an innovative, therapeutic music program serving more than one hundred addiction treatment and mental health facilities in the USA – steps into the breach to offer participants help and hope. By writing, playing, and recording music as a group, non-musicians are able to build a community of support, find enthusiasm for treatment, and realize that recovery is possible. Veterans, trauma survivors, and those struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues can recover with connection. Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation contains eighteen stories of people who have used Rock to Recovery’s music program to live a better life. You too can use music to heal. “Music Is the Medicine!”
Wesley Geer has been a professional musician for over 25 years. He first gained success as the founding member of Jive Records artists Hed PE and later as touring guitarist with the legendary band Korn. After completing his career as a touring musician, Wes founded Rock to Recovery®, an innovative music program that harnesses the healing energy of music through songwriting, playing as a band, and recording.
Constance Scharff, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of addiction recovery, trauma, and mental health. She currently serves Rock to Recovery® as VP Business Development. Previously, Dr. Scharff was Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for a luxury addiction treatment center based in Malibu, California. She coauthored Ending Addiction for Good, an Amazon #1 bestseller, and has won awards for her poetry and short stories. Dr. Scharff is also the 2019 recipient of St. Lawrence University’s Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award, honoring her service to and advocacy for those suffering from mental illness, trauma, and addiction.