ECHO MALIBU Teen Treatment Center Launches New 'Writers and Artists Series' with A Perfect Circle

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ECHO MALIBU Teen Treatment Center recently launched a new writers and artists series with a guest appearance from Billy Howerdel, guitarist for the alternative band, A Perfect Circle. The series is designed to feature successful and sober writers, actors, musicians, artists and others from the entertainment industry who want to share their stories with youth in treatment for chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral disorders.

ECHO MALIBU Teen Treatment Center recently launched a new writers and artists series with a guest appearance from Billy Howerdel, guitarist for the alternative band, A Perfect Circle. The series is designed to feature successful and sober writers, actors, musicians, artists and others from the entertainment industry who want to share their stories with youth in treatment for chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral disorders.

As a member of A Perfect Circle, Howerdel has enjoyed huge success in an industry notorious for drug addiction and overindulgence. All the while Howerdel has remained sober doing it. The bands first album, Mer De Noms, quickly went platinum and launched Howerdel into the spotlight and his first world tour in 2000. A Perfect Circle’s second platinum album, Thirteenth Step, focused its content on the disease of addiction and the devastating emotional toll that it takes on those who suffer from it. Howerdel also works as a composer for movie soundtracks and video games.

During his time with the adolescents at ECHO MALIBU, http://www.echomalibu.com Howerdel shared stories regarding drug use that he has seen in the music industry and his own process for remaining free of chemical dependency. He openly welcomed each of the youth to ask him questions and offered them personal encouragement regarding their participation in treatment.

According to Dr. Jeff Nalin, co-founder of ECHO MALIBU, the series launch was a tremendous success. “We couldn’t have hoped for a stronger start for our Writers and Artists series. Billy is so warm and open. The youth really connected to him. As someone they look up to he came to the group with tremendous credibility. His encouragement meant a great deal to each of the participants.”

According to Dr. Nalin, the series will feature a special guest each month. “We have an exciting group of very successful individuals from all areas of the entertainment industry lined up for 2006. My hope is that those who share their time and experiences with our youth will find value in the experience and encourage others to participate.” As for Howerdel he states, “ This was an amazing opportunity. I hope I get to come back and I would encourage anyone to spend time with these kids if they get the chance. I think they gave me much more than I gave to them.”

ECHO MALIBU Teen Treatment Center is the premier treatment program for youth struggling with chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral issues. To learn more about the Writers and Artists series or other components of the treatment program visit the web site at http://www.echomalibu.com.

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