Click on the image to access this episode! Alcohol, drugs, and rock and roll; the Rockstar lifestyle seems glamorous. Yet, underneath the dazzle lies the pain of addiction, self-destruction, and decline to which too many talented musicians succumb. Chris Tait shares his experience of life on the road as a professional musician, including the ever-present temptations and peer pressures that contributed to his substance abuse. He explains the strength it has taken him to get – and stay – sober, and how he’s now helping fellow musicians on their journey to recovery through his program, Passenger.
“It was undeniable, but our ability to repaint things is incredible.” Deep down Chris Tait knew his substance use was a problem, but in the midst of the rock and roll lifestyle, it was easier to ignore the obvious than begin the journey toward sobriety.
Chris began experimenting with alcohol as a young teen after moving to a new school. His love for music was a wonderful creative outlet, but also an excuse to spend time alone in his basement rather than focus on making new friends. Alcohol helped alleviate his feelings of isolation and his usage quickly escalated.
A few years later his newfound success as a real live Rockstar proved to be everything Mr. Tait had dreamed of, but with a dark side of pressure and overexposure to drugs and booze.
“It used to be all highs and lows for me. Today I try to find balance in the middle.” Chris has now accomplished what once seemed impossible; he’s living a sober life after years of struggling with addiction and its effects on his self-esteem.
“Be prepared for things because life is life, but also appreciate the joy instead of jumping into a bottle to try and check out.” Chris Tait understands how substance abuse can creep on a person and what it takes to overcome addiction. His story of recovery is an inspiration to musicians and their fans, alike.
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