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Why It Works

It’s been proven time and time again that the best people to help are the people who have been there themselves, and the best way to maintain recovery is within a community of other’s in recovery.

This is one of the basic principles of Music Support. That we have been there and that callers will talk to someone who understands, and has experience of not only the conditions or issues at hand, but also the environment of the music industry where these issues have taken on a unique twist that outsiders struggle to understand.

Below is a short parable that explains this phenomenon.

An addict Fell in a hole and couldn’t get out.

A businessman went by and the addict called out for help. The businessman threw him some money and told him to buy himself a ladder.

But the addict could not buy a ladder in the hole he was in.

A doctor walked by. The addict said “Help! I can’t get out!” The doctor gave him some drugs and said, “Take this. It will relieve the pain.”

The addict said thanks, but when the pills ran out, he was still in the hole.

A well-known psychiatrist rode by and heard the addict’s cries for help. He stopped and asked, “How did you get here? Were you born there? Did your parents put you there? Tell me about yourself, it will alleviate your sense of loneliness.”

So the addict talked with him for an hour, then the psychiatrist had to leave, but he said he’d come back next week. The addict thanked him, but he was still in the hole.

A priest came by. The addict called for help. The Priest gave him a bible and said, “I’ll say a prayer for you.” He got down on his knees and prayed for the addict, then he left. The addict was very grateful, he read the bible, but he was still stuck in the hole.

A recovering addict happened to be passing by. The addict cried out, “Hey, Help me. I’m stuck in this hole!”

Right away the recovering addict jumped down in the hole with him.
The addict said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck here!!”

But the recovering addict said, “Calm Down. It’s okay. I’ve been here before. I know how to get out.”
–Author Unknown