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Hip-Hop Artist and Palm Partners Alumni Cane Talks about Addiction in Music Video

Hip-Hop Artist and Palm Partners Alumni Cane Talks about Addiction in Music Video

Photo of artists Cane in the studio

Author: Justin Mckibben

Recently one of our Palm Partners Alumni who has been pursuing his passion for music posted a powerful music video with a strong message that caught our attention. After hearing how the track he had recorded was speaking intensely and poetically about the issues concerning the opiate epidemic and the shady side of Big Pharma in the prescription drug outbreak across the country, we wanted to know more about the project.

The name behind the deep reaching lyrics is Cane, and he’s a hip-hop artist ‘straight outta Indiana’. The video is titled “Detox” and is a powerful look into the world of prescription drug abuse from someone who has personally had to fight for their life. The video itself does have some mature content, but nothing extremely graphic. It begins with news broadcasters and headlines talking about the epidemic, and the beat itself is something a lot of people might recognize as the “Run This Town” instrumental by Jay Z, but Cane does a good job of making the music his own.

He credits the recording and video production to RJ Write @FlatlineMedia with a post that has been shared by multiple sources. Hopefully it’ll trend and catch even more momentum. We wanted to celebrate this level of heartfelt dedication, so we reached out to Cane to get a glimpse at some of the thoughts behind the music.

Q & A with Cane

Q: So, what is your sobriety date and how long have you been making music?

A: “My clean date is 8-8-14. I’ve been making music for 5 years. My father is a musician also so it’s always been in my life.”

Q: What has life been like since leaving treatment?

A: “Life after leaving treatment has been truly a blessing. When you’re caught up in the grip of addiction you tend to get caught up in the rat race and you feel like you’re going to be stuck in that forever you lose hope of having any normal life. Now that I’m home I’ve went back to school and getting my GED then went and got my CDL and in my semi-truck driver. I have a daughter and I also have another child on the way, all these things seemed impossible when all I could think about was getting one more… and as I grow in this recovery process I’m learning more about myself and learning to love myself and ways that I never have… and it all started when I took that first step and entered the doors of Palm Partners.”

Q: What was the most valuable experience you took from treatment at Palm Partners Recovery Center?

A: “The most value experience I took from Palm partners is that people do truly care and you’re not alone. I was reminded that Humanity is real and it still exists, there are still people out there that genuinely care because when you’re caught up in that street life you tend to lose that reality… and they also gave me a firm foundation to build on as I got out into the world and started to recover.”

Q: In your own words, what has inspired you to write about this in your music?

A: “What had inspired me to write this in my music was looking around at myself and those around me caught in the struggle, and realizing that we all share the same pain and can relate it was at that point that I knew I had to bring a clear message through my music and be a voice for those who feel they aren’t heard and also create awareness to situations that most turn a blind eye to.”

Q: What is the main message you want to send with a song like this?

A: “The main message that I want to get through with this song is that I believe the system (Big Pharma) is more of a business built on creating revenue instead of cures, it seems they are creating momentarily relief of symptoms instead of actually trying to heal their patients. A cured patient is a lost customer, not caring about the side effects their drugs have on the consumer they over medicate to the point that we feel we can’t go through life without these medications. It’s almost as if they’re telling the public, this is your only hope… don’t worry about what’s it’s doing to your health, don’t worry about what is doing to your life because we’ll just prescribe you something to handle that stress as well.

My personal experience has showed me that when my tolerance grew they upped the dose, always having a pharmaceutical answer for everything…when in the end everything they gave me to better my life was actually killing me, physically, mentally and spiritually.”

Q: Who has been most influential in your recovery?

A: “Ronald “Choke” Nelson has been one person who has helped me grow the most in my process of recovery, and my family.”

Q: How has recovery made you more successful in your music or other passions?

A: “Recovery is help me in my music by helping me learn who I truly am as a person, which helps me open up more and be able to express myself freely, opening up a new platform of consciousness and truly seeing life for what it is in all its beauty and Glory which makes me see reality instead of my self-made prison which kept my close minded, judgmental and delusional.

Now I see the beauty that life truly is, I can write and create with a sense of Peace and clarity, and with other passions like Family, relationships and life in general is just gave me a sense of gratitude and appreciation which helps generate a loving atmosphere, and in a loving atmosphere all things grow.”

Q: When can we expect more projects like “Detox” from you?

A: “I’m in the process of writing a new track called “It’s Okay” which will be somewhat of a motivational song letting the people know, it’s okay to have flaws, nobody’s perfect… just learn to accept yourself regardless of your past you can have a bright future.

I also already release a song called “My Story” which also gives hope and gives you a glimpse into my world.”

Q: If you could give a message to anyone who might be hurting, what would it be?

A: “Anybody that’s out there listening still caught up in the grip of addiction just know that there is hope. Find that last piece of strength; that last piece of love that you have for yourself and find a way to get somewhere to get some help. You do not have to settle for the limitations of your past, there is a brighter future ahead just step forth and make an effort and slowly but surely things will fall into place, you just have to believe. There is a better life for you out there, you don’t have to stay stuck in the never ending cycle, so please from me to you reach out to someone who cares make that call, Reach Out and save your life”

With gratitude and humility Cane happily touched on a lot of important ideas in his song and during our conversation. It is clear this artist believes in his recovery, and believes in raising awareness and spreading the message to others. We are always proud of the amazing accomplishments and uplifting stories our Palm Partners Alumni share with us about life in recovery. We always encourage our Alumni to reach out and share their own perspectives. Part of proving recovery and life after treatment is possible is living by example and making the most out of our message. Cane is taking that to heart and putting his talents to use to try and make a difference.

You can check out the music video for ‘Detox’ here and you can check out more of Cane’s music here.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free now.

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“Deargusting” Crystal Meth: Alumni Submission

Deargusting Crystal Meth: Alumni Submission

Photo of original Goodbye Letter

Introduction Author: Justin Mckibben

Our Palm Partners Alumni are very diverse and incredible people. They come from all over the country looking for a way out of the suffering addiction and substance abuse has brought them. Every one of them has a story that is unique and emotionally powerful. So many talented and passionate individuals find themselves fighting for their lives after drugs and alcohol have taken so much from them. We are proud to be a part of their stories and help them write new chapters that inspire compassion and hope.

Today a Palm Partners Alumni presented me with a letter. In this letter addressed to his drug of choice, crystal meth, he shares how his addiction progressed and how it impacted the most intimate aspects of his life. This goodbye letter to crystal meth is deep in its simplicity, and adamant in its message.

Here is Jose Ricardo Seole’s goodbye letter. There are minor grammar and spelling revisions, but the message remains clear and true to Jose’s truth.

Deargusting Crystal Meth,

I’m writing this letter for you to acknowledge what you have done with my life the past 6 years.

This is my mission to show you how your power of destruction attributes made my life unmanageable and miserable.

At first you introduce yourself as my best friend and companion, the cure for all my problems, until I realized that you are nothing but a deceiver.

Life in a strike and you trapped me inside of a prison cell, surround me with your lies and manipulation, taking my life from granted.

Because of you, my 16 year relationship of marriage became unbearable.

I isolate myself from my family, friends and people that care for me.

I missed all the important dates, from my marriage anniversary to family member’s and friend’s birthdays.

You took away all the spontaneous smiles that perhaps could make a difference in people’s lives

Because you exchanged my hero’s patterns for holograph images of ghosts.

You took away all the magic moments that were written on the stars for me, promised by God.

Out of this daze, all the good moments we had together were nothing but my state of mind telling me to stay inside of a comfortable zone.

The deep scar you left on me will be always there to remember the pain you caused me…

You did to me…

Let me say this loud and clear;

I’m burying all your lies, your manipulations and your power of seduction 10 feet underground so you can no longer hurt me. In fact, I just left your funeral.

Goodbye forever!

– Jose Ricardo Seole

We are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to share this. We wish all the best of luck and progress to Jose in his new life. Our Palm Partners Alumni continue to grow and share amazing experiences, and these experiences touch our hearts deeply. We thank Jose for his very personal and introspective words, and for allowing us to be part of the process that brought some of this passion forward.

Jose expressed his feelings and emotionally commitment to his recovery. We hope this will show others that it can mean so much to speak up about the pain of addiction. The more we can share this reality, the more we can share messages of victory.

We know there are many Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share. Palm Partners encourages you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free. We want to help.

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Goodbye With Gratitude: Alumni Submission

Goodbye With Gratitude: Alumni SubmissionBy: Justin Mckibben

Every once in a while we have an opportunity to share some of the amazing and emotional testimonies of transformation from our Palm Partners alumni. So many of these men and women have experience such an awesome change in their life and a change in perspective that they cannot wait to share with us their gratitude and share how they learned through us to overcome the many aspects of their adversity.

This week a wonderful woman Doris recently became a Palm Partners Alumni, and wanted to share a letter that she wrote to the Palm Partners staff, and asked that we type it up and publish it for her. She talks about how not knowing what she was walking into ended up helping her recognize the turmoil in herself, and the desire to get better that brought her on this journey. One of the most rewarding parts of this for us is to acknowledge the amazing people that make an impact every day on the lives of people who desperately need hope, helping them find it when all seems lost.

So below is the letter Doris wrote.

Goodbye Letter

When I walked in Detox for the very first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I was scared, beyond broken and completely miserable with life the way I’d been living it. The next 5 days were hard, I kept pushing through it. I never knew just how difficult it would be. A lot of pain, soul-searching and coming to terms with my disease. After 5 days I was placed at Palm Partners. I was taught by Doug and Heidi how to begin to forgive myself through the “Dickens Process,” which was completely awesome! It was so surreal, I never realized just how many people I hurt while on that path. I’m taking with me all of the things that were taught here.

I would like to thank God for leading me in the right direction.

I’d like to thank Todd from admissions, who answered that 3 AM phone call and gave me HOPE, which put me on that airplane 3 days later.

Thanks to all the clients, men and women, that were there every step of the way, lending an ear or a shoulder to cry on.

Thanks to ALL employees that helped me get to this point of my recovery, especially Tristen- he always makes me want to smile- and Paula, my therapist. I appreciate all of your help. And Sandy.

A BIG thanks goes to all the techs. You all deserve a raise because you all put up with 10 kinds of hell every day and night!

Much love goes out to each and every person that was involved in my treatment. I am forever grateful.

THANK YOU!

-Doris Jones

Keep Sharing the Message

We are always happy to share the powerful breakthroughs that our clients get to have while attending treatment, just like we love hearing about the personal connections they make with their therapists. As more men and women like Doris complete the program and move on to change and inspire in their life, we celebrate their success and thank them for the part of the journey we get to be present for.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.

 

La’Catherine Story: Alumni Submission

La'Catherine Story: Alumni Submission

Photo of La’Catherine (Left-Before/Right-After)

Every once in a while one of the many gifted and remarkably passionate people who have become Palm Partners Alumni through completing treatment submit to us a piece of their story in the form of writing, which gives us a unique perspective and intimate insight into the extraordinary transformation they experience in recovery.

Recently one Palm Partners Alumni reached out to us to share a piece of her personal story that is very intense, inclusive and inspiring. She articulates her addiction in an vividly honest way, and we felt compelled to share this gift of experience, strength and hope to inspire others.

Here is her story:  

It all started when a series of unfortunate events unfolded, and I woke up in a detox. The closest needle in sight was a Uni-Ball needle point pen, not a syringe (which I preferred). There were no more drugs to take away the thoughts I was left with; just this pen and paper, so I wrote on July 17, 2012,

“how can I pretend to be alive, when I feel so dead inside.”

This was the ending of the beginning. Not only was I miserable, but I believed to the core of my being that I was a worthless human being, who was never going to make it. Truth be told, I found out it was I, who didn’t want to feel better about myself and my situation.

The day I met Heidi Bilonick was in a women’s group (that I would have rather not been in, but I was in rehab, so…); she was doing check-ins and when it came to me I said,

“I am Catherine and I want to die.”

I had every intention of doing my time in this treatment center, getting out and getting high again. If nothing changes, nothing changes, and I certainly did not want to change; rather I wasn’t even worth changing. The first few days seemed like ages, but days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. As the weeks turned into months, not only was I listening, but I started to hear.

Heidi helped me realize so many things. She helped me realize I had to go through my sore, in the literal and metaphysical sense, in order to soar. Like I play on words, she played on my emotions. When I began to feel those uncomfortable feelings I had been running from, there was no needle to stick in my vein to take them away, only Heidi’s shoulder to cry on. She showed me it was okay to feel, the good, the bad, and the ugly. She showed me that as one feeling enters and leaves, so does another and that is okay. This change in perspective has made the world of difference for me today.

I know where I am today is because I consciously made the decision to get better because I am worth it. I could not have done that without the help of Heidi in those first few months. Today I am over 3 years sober, and I am doing things in my life, I only dreamt of doing before. With Heidi’s life coaching and friendship, I have been able to turn dreams into reality; my story into acceptance and fuel to make it to the next level. I mean, seriously, I am accomplishing my dreams and actually happy and content with life.

I may not be where I wish to be, but I am happy with where I am at. Everything will happen in its time. I can and I will do anything I put my mind to; that belief in myself would not have been possible without the belief Heidi had in me, when I was incapable of believing in myself.

The past is etched into my skin, and the future, blank pages all around; I have the opportunity to write, and I am now willing to give myself a chance to be the ink, instead of letting those scars hold my past and future as one. I have Heidi to thank for that. I guess you could say that these unfortunate events turned out to be quite fortunate indeed.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners Alumni out there have so much beauty to share with the world, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.

Goodbye To You Booze: Alumni Submission

Goodbye To You Booze: Alumni Submission

Intro Author: Justin Mckibben

Addiction and alcoholism infects the professional, intellectual, athletic and artistic all equally. No self-identified category or subculture has proven to be immune to the effects of substance abuse and physical dependency, and after a time emotional and mental disorders tend to develop from prolonged exposure to drugs and alcohol.

In recovery from addiction there is no short supply of individuals with amazing talents and passions they find a new hope of pursuing. Many of these people find they are again able to either rediscover the hobbies that made them happy, or even learn about new ones that open up new worlds of possibility for self-expression and self-discovery.

Sharing in these experiences and showing others who are struggling the capacity for transformation can inspire and support those who can relate to their experience.

In honor of the alumni from the Palm Partners treatment program, we like to celebrate the expressions our alumni submit to us. This poem recently given to us shows a person who is aware of how alcohol took a hold on his life, and shows how a program like Palm Partners can change someone. This kind of self-expression is just one example of how growth can come from the things we are relearning how to say.  

For this I have chosen to include the initial beginning of the email because it shows the humility and hope to help someone else that went into this writing. When I first received the email from Kenneth, it read:

Hi Justin,

This is the poem I wrote for my good bye letter to alcohol. Please do what you will with it. Even if one person is inspired, I’ve done my job.

Thank you,

Kenneth Knevals

Good Bye To You Booze

You were in my life for the early years

At the social gatherings you brought many cheers.

It started off, we were just good pals,

And to many around me, even the gals.

As the years went by our bond got stronger,

Through the stress and pain I needed you longer.

My desire for you was not matched by any,

I neglected my wife, my family and many.

Isolation came quick and my life turned phony,

Just you and I now as I began to feel lonely.

This body turned week, as did the look in my eyes,

I reached for you once more near my own demise.

I realized just then as I submit,

Once a friend now foe, I throw my hands up, I quit!

Six weeks go by and better I feel,

My mind, my body, my spirit, it’s real!

Confidence builds, insecure no longer,

The connection with my wife, my family now stronger.

With the learnings I’ve taken in the past many days,

It’s clear to me now, I must change my ways.

As I hear myself now, I AM MY OWN VOICE!!

The spirit in me knows, I do have a choice.

Decisions and actions I make now are clear,

My future you define, I no longer fear.

It’s been a long ride with you in my cup,

I’m putting you down now, it’s time to step up!

So the bond that we had, like a hand in a glove,

That journey is over, IT’S ME THAT I LOVE!!!

We are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to share this, and we wish all the best of luck and progress to Kenneth as he moves forward in his new life, along with all other alumni. Thank you for your words of hope, and for allowing us to be part of the process that brought some of this passion back to life.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.

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