Garbage shined a spotlight on an ever-present issue affecting all walks of life, headlining a benefit concert toward addiction awareness organizations.
Taking over the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, the band lead the way for an evening focused on tackling the ever-present dangers of substance abuse.
100 percent of proceeds from the evening went to the Face The Music Foundation, an organization that provides financial support and patient scholarships. At the event’s close, more than $35,000 had been raised for the foundation.
The benefit also included Recovery Unplugged, an addiction care organization that implements music alongside medical techniques. The rehabilitation center encourages recovery through “the power of music.”
Face The Music Executive Director Jeff Jacobs stressed the importance of recovery through outreach, providing resource information through social media and fundraisers.
“We believe that by erasing the stigma associated with the third largest cause of accidental death in the United States, it becomes easier for recovery-based resources to be accessible for anyone who needs them,” Jacobs says.
Recovery Unplugged is the only recovery center in the world that provides music-based treatment techniques. The organization believes these methods go further than talk therapy, allowing patients to break down barriers and address problems more effectively.
Charity Bomb and dkmedia also contributed to the event. dkmedia Owner David Kinsler was inspired to join after seeing Recovery Unplugged’s mission, motivating him to join the cause.
“After I had the unique opportunity to tour the Ft. Lauderdale Recovery Unplugged facility and engage with the facilitators and staff in the home office and the treatment center, it was clearly visible that the leadership and medical direction lives and breathes what they preach and stand for,” he says. “It confirmed inside of me that ‘Music truly does, make the difference,’ in helping people transform their lives into sobriety.”