Many of you will remember the Recovery Band that played at our Recovery Celebration this past September in Traverse City, and last year in Houghton Lake. On December 9, they will be on a local Internet TV channel in Detroit called the Ralphe Armstrong Show! Mr. Armstrong is an internationally known jazz musician who decided to return to Detroit and help develop talent.
Anyone wishing to view the show can go to YouTube.com and search “Ralphe Armstrong Show.”
Gerald Butler, band leader, flautist extraordinaire, and Peer Specialist/Advocate (pictured above), said this in a recent email explaining about his group:
CHARGE is a group of peers in recovery using the arts as tools in the recovery process. … More often than not, when we first come off the street and into treatment we do have issues with and need attention paid to our behavior: we need to be in controlled settings. But there comes a time where we have pretty much done what is necessary to reign in any behavior problems we may have. It it time for us to stop thinking of our illness and take action for change: much like the child going off to college. It is also time for the system to move from a position of direction to one of support. We must begin to take charge of our lives and recovery, not only through self-exploration, but also by getting out into the community and trying to find where we fit in.