Rock to Recovery was formed on December 12th, 2012 by Wesley Geer (Hed P.E., Korn) after his own drug and alcohol rehabilitation journey. As a long-time musician, music took on a new meaning to Wes when he was new to recovery. After staying sober for two years, Wes was offered the job as Korn’s touring guitar player. After successfully touring the world with the band for the next few years, Wes circled back to bring music into the treatment setting.
In Rock to Recovery, clients work together as a team to form a ‘band’. The goal of each session is to write and record an original song and bond with others through the healing power of music. The best part? No musical experience is necessary! R2R’s staff of professional musicians are all clean and sober, and guide the process of helping you learn instruments and express yourself in a safe and fun environment. And there’s science-backed proof on the success of musical programs like R2R.
Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotions through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel happy. Listening to music also engages almost all areas of the brain, suggesting more widespread effects and potential uses for music, like substance abuse recovery.
Want to hear some of the recent tunes? MP3s of the songs are uploaded anonymously to R2R’s SoundCloud account and can be downloaded and shared by anyone.