Tuesday 01/22/2019 by swittersdc

THANK YOU FOR SHARING: ADDICTION & RECOVERY ON HF POD

This week on HF Pod, we're bringing you something a little different. Two longtime listeners, Jason and Mike, join us to talk about an important topic—their experiences with addiction and recovery, and their experiences in the Phish community. We also play some music. You may have read the GQ article that came out yesterday, which featured Trey and a bunch of other musicians talking about how to thrive creatively without drinking or doing drugs. Also mentioned in this episode are The Phellowship and Trey's drug court speech from 2011.

We realize this topic is heavy and a little uncomfortable. And although this was recorded a couple weeks before the GQ article came out, Trey has been becoming more open about his experiences recently, including on SiriusXM's "Ask Trey" and through the stories on his solo tour.

One of the wonderful things about this community is that there is really a place for everyone. That's why things like The Phellowship are so important. And Jason and Mike both express the opinion that when they go to shows, they realize that some people are drinking or using drugs, and some people are just there for the music, and that they accept everyone as they are. And we all owe it to each other to do the same.

You can listen below, and if you enjoy, please give us a review on Apple Podcasts if you haven't yet! More episodes of the podcast can be found at HFPod.com.

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Comments

, comment by cophishphan
cophishphan Couldn't agree with this comment more - "One of the wonderful things about this community is that there is really a place for everyone. That's why things like The Phellowship are so important. And Jason and Mike both express the opinion that when they go to shows, they realize that some people are drinking or using drugs, and some people are just there for the music, and that they accept everyone as they are. And we all owe it to each other to do the same."

Not my place to judge anyone, to each their own, but it's always good to keep an open mind and if this helps someone who is struggling, great!
, comment by MrStevietRI
MrStevietRI On a belated, (and not entirely unrelated) note, I'd like to apologize to the phish community, as a whole, for my ridiculous and embarrassing .net comments on new year's eve. I was drunk and ignorant, not necessarily in that order. I have loved this band for 28 some-odd years, and continue to do so now. I also love the fans for their commitment, enthusiasm, support, and recognition of this once-in-a- lifetime group. I love sober Trey for his humility and commendable revitalization after a really tough time in his life. I love the thoughtfulness of each band member, in their words over the years as well as their playing. My disrespectful attitude last month came from a dark place, and I realize that trying to marginalize or pigeon-hole these artists is to miss the point of the art itself. The world is a better place with Phish, and with each of the guys individually, bar none. May they continue to defy the odds, and create wonderment forever. Thank you.
, comment by princerox
princerox "We realize this topic is heavy and a little uncomfortable." Heavy yes, uncomfortable no. Recovering from a substance use disorder, achieving abstinence, staying "clean" - whatever you want to call it - is to be celebrated. Nothing heavy about it unless you're in the thick of it and scared to death to live with or without substances.
, comment by paulj
paulj I'm paraphrasing here, but Trey's recent comment about "...walking out on stage and thinking about the person who is trying to stay sober--maybe for the first time--at this show..." has as much resonance with me as anything I've heard from Phish during my 25 years as a serious fan.
, comment by hdorne
hdorne I really appreciate Trey’s candor on this topic. I know it must be hard for him to talk about, because he almost lost everything. But he got it back. His bandmates and family clearly love him very much, and I’m glad he can share his struggle so that others might find the strength to face theirs. Huge thanks to the Phellowship and everyone out there willing to lend a helping hand.
, comment by Nomansjam
Nomansjam Great subject
As someone who is blessed to have an "off-switch" I truly appreciate the candor of Jason/Mike & want to give a shout out to the Hfpod crew for taking this subject on
May we all be blessed!!
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