Musical Recovery Program
The healing power of music...
The Journey is a rock musical written by Jim Savage that presents an inspiring message about overcoming challenges and achieving fulfillment in life. Initially created to tell a story about addiction and recovery, Jim used The Journey in his work with teens in substance abuse treatment. As work with The Journey evolved, it has become a substantial body of work that goes beyond addiction, as it shows that life is a spiritual journey that involves a similar process for everyone.
Popular among clients of all age ranges and populations, Jim has been using The Journey with substance abuse clients for over 25 years. Powerful songs that everyone can relate to, coupled with Jim's talent as a singer and guitarist, always provides an experience that is as emotional and educational as it is entertaining when Jim performs for treatment groups.
THE JOURNEY WORKBOOK
As a treatment curriculum, The Journey provides a wealth of material for clients to study through the companion workbook. Clients listen to the songs, complete discussion sections in The Journey Workbook, and process in group.
Each song from The Journey relates to a specific aspect of the addiction-recovery process, including:
• Switching addictions
• Personal Transformation
• Family of origin issues
• Adolescent developmental needs
• Rites of passage
• Addiction and recovery
A closer look at The Journey
JOURNEY WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES
Jim Savage conducts presentations on The Journey in a variety of formats, ranging from keynote presentations to intensive therapeutic workshops.
Keynote Presentation: The Sacred Ritual of Sharing Our Story
The Journey is Jim's own way of sharing his recovery story through music. As a collection of songs he wrote beginning in high school, he uses these to illustrate his own struggles with addiction and finding a new life in recovery.
Jim approaches the act of sharing one's story as a sacred ritual, identifying the vital role this plays in 12-Step recovery. A solution for overcoming addiction was found through the act of one person sharing his or her story with another, making this literally a matter of life and death.
The second point Jim uses The Journey to address is ending the stigma of addiction. The magic of The Journey is in how it demonstrates that from a spiritual perspective we all have the same story—everyone in the audience can relate—regardless of whether they suffer from addiction or not. This provides a powerful message for dispelling the notion of there being something inherently "wrong" with someone who suffers from addiction.
The Journey: A Musical Journey Through the Spiritual Experience of Recovery
This seminar provides an in-depth examination of all the topics addressed through the music and imagery of The Journey. Using metaphorical models such as the Hero's Journey and the Medicine Wheel, the spiritual journey of life is shown to be a cyclical process that involves growth and change, or death and rebirth. Discussion of how the songs relate to addiction and recovery brings The Journey to life, and helps listeners identify where they are in their own journey.
"The sacred ritual of sharing our story."
Jim Savage discusses the use of music in telling the story of addiction and recovery. (click slider above)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE JOURNEY
THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC
When clients listen to songs from The Journey, they make an emotional connection and relate the lyrics to their own experience. The Journey becomes their own story. This is right-brained activity at its best. Combining this with didactic, academic discussions on the various educational topics these songs address shifts the activity over into left-brained work. This integrated strategy achieves a "whole-brain" approach and is what makes The Journey so effective in helping clients internalize the material and become more motivated to apply it in lives.
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THE PROGRESSIVE NATURE OF ADDICTION
Take a peek at how The Journey is used in treatment.
"Windowpane Night" is the song used in The Journey to introduce the topic of addiction. In particular, it illustrates the progressive nature of the disease—what starts out as fun has the potential to become self-destructive.
The first of these two videos captures Jim Savage discussing the song during a group session and includes an acoustic performance of the song. The second video presents the rocking album version of the song and shows why this is such a popular feature with treatment groups that sparks stimulating discussion by simply watching the video and processing the lyrics.
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