Rock to Recovery Uses Music as Medicine: NBC California Live interviews Wes Geer and Eden Sassoon

>> I AM ALLERGIC TO GOLD SO I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO EAT THAT. >> WE ALL USE MUSIC TO HELP US RELAX. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF MUSIC AS MEDICINE? NOW THERE IS A GROUP CALLED ROCK TO RECOVERY THAT WANTS TO HELP PUT YOUR LIFE IN HARM ANY AND USE THE POWER OF MUSIC TO HELP YOU HEAL. >> THE FOUNDER OF ROCK TO RECOVERY, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BAND, AND FORMERERLY OF THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF REAL HOUSEWIVES, WITH US TODAY. SO I WANT TO START WITH YOU. WHAT WAS THE IDEA BEHIND STARTING ROCK TO RECOVERY? >> I’M A SILVER GUY. I WENT TO REHAB AND THERE WAS NOT MUSIC THERE. I’M IN A GREAT TREATMENT PROGRAM AND THEY WERE USING THINGS LIKE YOGA AND DRAWING AND I THOUGHT WHY NOT HAVE MUSIC? AFTER GETTING SOBER, I GOT THE GIG WITH CORN. I TOURED AROUND THE WORLD WITH THEM. WHEN THAT GIG WAS COMING TO AN END, I WANTED A WAY TO BRING IT BACK. NOW HERE WE ARE DOING FIVE SESSIONS A MONTH AND INTERNATIONALLY WITH WOUNDED WARRIORS. >> SO INCREDIBLE. >> HOW DID MUSIC HELP WITH YOU YOUR RECOVERY? >> I THINK, MUSIC IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, YOU KNOW? IT IS HOW WE VIBRATE. WHEN WE HEAR IT, WE CAN PROCESS THROUGH SO MUCH AND HEAL. AND I’M A SUCKER FOR LOVE. ANYTHING THAT SORT OF JUST BRINGS — >> SUCKER FOR LOVE. >> I LOVE WHAT WE DO. AND HOW WE PAY IT FORWARD TO OTHERS. HOW YOU CAN JUST INSTANTLY SEE A STATE CHANGE OF THE. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS? I CAN BE IN A CERTAIN MOOD AND LISTEN TO A SPECIFIC SONG AND IT COMPLETELY CHANGES MY MOOD. IS THERE ALMOST A SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND TO IT WHERE MUSIC REALLY DOES HELP? >> YEAH, WHAT WE’RE DOING, WE’RE GETTING NONMUSICIANS TO WRITE AND PLAY MUSIC. INSIDE AN HOUR, WE’LL TAKE 15 PEOPLE OR WHATEVER. 15 WOUND WARRIORS THAT HAVE NEVER TOUCHED AN INSTRUMENT OR SANG. TAP INTO THEIR EMOTIONS WITH A TOPIC. TURN IT INTO A SONG AND RECORD IT IN AN HOUR. WHEN WE LISTEN TO MUSIC, IT ENGAGES HALF OUR BRAIN. WHEN WE PLAY IT, IT ENGAGES OUR WHOLE BRAIN AND IT IS THE BRAIN’S NATURAL DURING PHARMACY. WE HAVE OPIATE RECERECEPTORS. IT RELEASES ENDORPHINS, RELEASES SEROTONIN, AND OBJEXY TOASTIN. SO WHEN WE RELEASE IT. FOR PEOPLE IN THESE HORRIBLE STATES WHERE THEY FEEL HORRIBLE AND ISOLATED, WE START FEELING CONNECTED AND GETTING A NATURAL HIGH. >> THAT’S GREAT. YOU FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE. IN THOSE MOMENTS WHEN YOU’RE LISTENING TO MUSIC, AMONGST THE CHAOS. >> SO YOU BRING A GROUP OF PEOPLE TOGETHER, HEALING FROM SOMETHING, AND YOU PLAY WITH OTHER MUSICIANS, AND ONE, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. AND IT BECOMES THIS SORT OF OVERPOWERING LIKE, WOW. THIS CAN HAPPEN. >> INCREDIBLE. >> AND THIS IS FOR EVERYBODY. THIS ISN’T JUST, YOU CAN BE RECOVERING FROM A LOT OF THINGS. >> RIGHT. >> AND WE ARE. >> FIRST YOU START WITH ADDICTION BECAUSE THAT’S MY BACKGROUND. ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH. AS SOON AS IT WAS WORKING, I WAS REALLY MOVED TO WANT TO HELP VETERANS. THINK WHAT THEY DO. LIKE RISKING IT ALL, LOSING LIMBS, PTSD. WE GOT A CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, WHICH IS HUGE, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT. THE MILITARY COMPLEX EMBRACED MUSIC THERAPY AND NOW FLIES US AROUND THE WORLD TO WRITE SONGS WITH VETERANS AND WE ACTUALLY PERFORM THEM. I HAVE A CREW RIGHT NOW IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. I JUST GOT BACK FROM RAMSTEIN. WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING.

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