I’ve always had a tendency toward creativity. Although not a musician myself, I am one of those people who is constantly listening to music. Whether it’s while working, exercising, or falling asleep, I love and appreciate music. When I got sober, I found a local musician’s meeting. At the meeting, people had the opportunity to get up and sing a song, read a poem, or share in an artistic way about their recovery.
It was a beautiful experience to be present for people sharing their recovery and story in a creative way. People played covers of their favorite songs, original pieces, and sing-a-longs for the community. From the first time I went to the meeting, I felt a sense of belonging. Other twelve-step groups were great and offered a way to connect with stories and other sober individuals. The musician’s meeting offered a more creative look at recovery and the emotions we experience.
I went to the musician’s meeting for a year or so fairly consistently. Some of my greatest memories of early recovery are at that meeting. I was with a newcomer sponsee once at the meeting, and he had just a few days sober. The person who was about to sing a song looked at my sponsee and decided to change his choice in song. He sang Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which was a really beautiful ode to addiction and recovery. There were quite a few people crying.
One day at the meeting, I heard a young woman with an absolutely beautiful voice sing. She continued to sing regularly at the meeting, sometimes singing gospel hymns and sometimes singing modern pop or rock songs. I watched her take her one year cake one her sobriety birthday, where she again sang. She was in recovery from multiple addictions and had moved out to the West Coast from New York to get sober. After completing treatment and sober living, she was now on her own and building a life for herself.
We ended up having a mutual friend and hanging out quite a bit after the meeting. My sponsee struggled to stay sober, but stuck around the rooms. That was quite a few years ago. I was 19 years old. Last year, that young woman and I got married, and my sponsee was my best man. She and I both have been sober since, and my sponsee has been sober for over four years now.
The musician’s meeting has always held a special place in my heart. I no longer live in Southern California where we went to the musician’s meeting, but I remember it fondly. For so many reasons, it was a truly beautiful experience. If you can find a creative meeting near you for your recovery, I highly recommend checking it out. I can’t promise you’ll meet your spouse there and your best friend, but it does offer a new look at recovery and creativity!