Addiction is a killer. The Music Industry has been taking action. Join us.

This article is about an important and potentially life saving training we are participating in, provided by iCAAD Events, May 10th – 13th 2018 – The International Recovery Institute’s Recovery Specialist Training, with 4 day Music Support / MusiCares module.

In our industry a recovery specialist is probably better known as a sober companion or coach, someone who is assigned to an artist with addiction or mental health issues (most commonly someone who has recently got sober or returned from rehab) and becomes their personal coach or mentor with regards to their issues, and help them in their recovery. The assignment will last for as long as it’s needed – normally at the start of the tour, promotional activity, recording etc.. but possibly for longer.

This role is becoming more and more widespread as the stigma around mental health and addiction is lifted and the need is recognised - a rapidly growing industry where no formal qualifications are required which means it is a popular area to operate without any substantial knowledge, skillset or even previous experience.

It’s an incredibly important and responsible position which is sometimes, literally, the difference between life and death.

This is why the right training and management is absolutely crucial so we can know who is looking after our people, have faith in them, and also know that they are receiving the necessary management, supervision and support themselves. I'm in a perfect position to understand this, and the need for it - I spent two years as a travelling Recovery Specialist, with my professional and personal experience as my qualifications. They were enough - just. But only just. And I am thankful that I didn't continue and that I turned my attention to Music Support and iCAAD instead. Which is why I am now helping to present these important events. Our previous events and workshops have been very well attended with amazing feedback. This is our biggest one yet.

The International Recovery Institute are one of the world’s leading trainers for Recovery Specialists. Their comprehensive training includes crucial areas such as:

  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis Issues/Substance Abuse
  • Industry Standards
  • History of Peer/Recovery Specialist
  • Multi-Cultural Issues
  • Family Systems
  • Plans and Goals for Clients
  • Crisis Management
  • Continuum of Care Planning
  • Implementing a Recovery Plan

The 4th day Music Industry module is co-written by Harold Owens, Senior Director of MusiCares® A Charity Of The Recording Academy™ and Nanette Zumwalt of Hired Power, the USA’s longest established professional transition service. This module is a ground-breaking in-depth training into how to be a recovery specialist within the unique environment of the Music Industry.

The module will be examining the specific and unavoidable challenges to recovery, maintenance and continuum of care presented by the music industry, and how to help clients deal with them as an independent Recovery Specialist or as an individual within a company who is responsible for or involved with the well-being of employees / artists.

Expanding on the topics covered in the main module within the specific context of the music industry the training will be exploring that nature of transitional care for vulnerable people within our community and building a support network and structured recovery programme.

OUTCOME: On successful completion of the 3 day advanced training, the 4th Day Music Industry training, and the necessary telephone supervision requirements, trainees will become certified IRI Recovery Specialists. 

Subject to adequately demonstrating that they operate within an environment of accountability and regular accredited supervision, and maintain recognised CPD / CPE’s annually (and submit them appropriately) they will be recognised as having reached the level of competence and ethical grounding necessary to become a service provider signposted by Music Support and MusiCares® A Charity Of The Recording Academy™

The training will also be eligible for CPD/CPE Credits to be used towards annual credentialing and certifications for existing practitioners looking to expand their skillset.

IRI - The International Recovery Institute, is a joint venture between leaders in their fields The ARISE® Network and Hired Power, providing integrated excellent with their industry leading Recovery Specialist Training based on 40 years of research and practice.

The ARISE® Network provides evidence-based, best practice method ARISE® Continuing Care with Intervention services and training. ARISE® gets over 83% of individuals into treatment within three weeks, 96% into treatment within six months and 61% sober after 1 year, with an additional 10% improved.

HIRED POWER is the longest established professional transition service and continues to lead with a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, safety and responsibility. A DYNAMIC group of recovery professionals provide an EMPOWERING range of services in a COMPASSIONATE and HEALING environment that gives people the best opportunity for long term success and happiness. Since 2002 Hired Power has helped several thousand families. 

iCAAD - International Conferences on Addiction and Associated Disorders is the Europe's premiere addictions and mental health conferring company, providing conferences to the professional community in the UK and continental Europe and beyond. Recent conferences and trainings have taken place in Belgium, London, Dorset and Paris with events coming up in Rome, Istanbul, London and Iceland. For more information visit

Who is this for?

Anyone from the music industry who wants provide meaningful support for their artists while also looking after themselves.

Anyone from the music industry with an interest in working in the specialist support services.

Anyone currently working in the Recovery Specialist field who wish to add this training to their accreditations.

Companies looking to appoint a lead in this area.

Anyone interested in finding out more.

For those without direct care experience additional consultation and/or training maybe necessary for certification. 

Our suggested criteria for applicants with no previous experience: 

Over 3 years continuous recovery / abstinence from alcohol / drugs.

Currently active in the counselling/therapeutic/clinical field  

or Proven desire to work in this field eg) previous work / voluntary work 

or student in appropriate subject.   

Music Industry experience is preferred but not compulsory.

Fee for the 4 day module is £1095 which is incredible value for money.

I’d like to offer members of this group a 20% discount on registration using the discount code Linkedin20. Alternatively, we are operating a “buy one get one half price” offer, which equates to a 25% discount.

Please contact me at for more information.

Best Wishes and hope to see some of you on the training to be part of the future wellbeing of our artists and staff. 

Matt Thomas