Evo Health and Wellness Launches New Series "Quit the Chaos, Keep the Gig" Addressing Substance Use in Entertainment and Music Industries

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Alternative outpatient addiction and substance use treatment facility taps award-winning artists, television and music producers, managers, influencers and more to create education and performance series

“We've been talking with touring artists, managers, TV producers and entertainment influencers about the challenges of substance use and solutions for the entertainment community. At the end of the day, we all want creativity to thrive.

Evo Health and Wellness (http://www.evohealthandwellness.com), an alternative outpatient addiction and substance use treatment facility in Venice, CA, announced today “Quit the Chaos, Keep the Gig,” its new music & entertainment interview, spotlight and education series. This insightful and eye-opening look at how substance use affects everyone in the industry features online interviews with artists, managers, songwriters, TV executive producers, and more, and “EVOne-on-One” live chats and performance opportunities for indie artists at Evo’s amazing facility. “Quit the Chaos. Keep the Gig.” launched Sunday, June 3, with a Facebook live chat and performance with award-winning singer/songwriter Manda Mosher.

“Over the past few months we’ve been talking with touring artists, managers, TV producers and entertainment influencers about the role substance use plays specifically among the creative community,” said Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT, Founder of Evo. “If you’re struggling with substance use while touring and staying alone in hotel rooms or working on a television show for 72 hours straight, you need options. We understand that the more resources people in the industry have – whether they are personally or professionally affected by substance use – the more successful everyone will be. That’s why we believe our focus on ‘you don’t have to stop to start’ is so effective as a treatment option. At the end of the day, the greatest result we all want is for creativity to be able to thrive.”

Entertainment influencers who are a part of the series include Executive Producer and Founder of Sunset Lane Entertainment Salli Frattini (http://www.sunsetlaneentertainment.com), Artist/Producer KP Hawthorn (http://www.facebook.com/thekirstenproffit), Songwriter/Producer/Advocate/Host Aaron Ableman (http://www.iamaliveandawake.com), Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Alice Wallace (http://www.alicewallacemusic.com), Manager and Music Editor Danny McCloskey (http://www.thealternateroot.com).

The launch of “Quit the Chaos, Keep the Gig,” was June 3, 2018, at the Evo Health and Wellness facility in Venice, CA, and featured a Facebook Live Q&A session between Rassekh and award-winning singer/songwriter Manda Mosher (http://www.mandamosher.com). The standing room only guests were treated to an acoustic performance by Mosher who dedicated the song “Never Really Gone” to anyone struggling with substance use.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6sbIhCLE9TFVz0TxzvTHjB
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXicg0mZZcw
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/never-really-gone-single/882912003

“You Don’t Have to Stop to Start” Approach
The vast majority (close to 90 percent) of people dealing with substance use issues do not get help. Twenty-five percent of those who don’t get treatment say it is because they are not ready to stop using. Though the movement toward moderation has gained traction over the past few decades, abstinence is currently the dominant solution by far. Despite research that shows low success rates for traditional treatment methods, including a goal of abstinence, the vast majority of treatment programs continue to rely on traditional treatment methods. While these methods work for many people, they do not work for everyone. That’s why options are crucial.
“We believe the key to overcoming addiction starts with respect,” said Rassekh. “We don’t ask clients, ‘What can we do to make you stop using?’ Instead we ask, ‘What changes would you like to see in your life?’ Our goal is to help our patients achieve lasting health and wellness. We do that by working with their needs as a whole, complex person.”

Why Evo Works for Entertainment Professionals
●    You don't have to stop to start. In the industry, drugs and alcohol come with the territory. You might be ready for a change, but not interested to commit to a lifetime of sobriety if it is not necessary. At Evo, you set goals that work for you, whether they include complete abstinence or moderation.
●    No judgment or moralizing. Respect is at the core of what we do. We believe you are doing your best, even when it is most challenging.
●    Integration into your life. We know that in entertainment, every opportunity matters. At Evo, you don't have to put your life on pause for treatment. The program is designed for you to make concrete changes into your life with minimal disruption to your career.
●    We take confidentiality seriously. We understand that privacy is extremely important and take all necessary steps to ensure that clients’ information remains protected.

About Evo Health & Wellness
Evo is an outpatient addiction treatment program that respects where you are and where you want to go. Evo sees success as lasting change in the client’s life, including physical health, movement towards personal goals, and their sense of connection and purpose. Evo’s program uniquely integrates psychotherapy, psychiatry, life coaching and somatic therapy. For more information, visit http://www.evohealthandwellness.com or call 310-205-6991.

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