• Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, 2022



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Music and Spirituality in Recovery

Center City, MN

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Singer/songwriter and piano player John McAndrew takes us on a musical and spiritual journey from self-centeredness to humility, using stories and songs. This journey is a long and difficult one in recovery. Recent studies show us that music can reach the parts of the brain that are linked to addiction and can function as an integral part of recovery. This weekend retreat will show how music and music therapy can be used as spiritual tools to enhance our recovery. We will tell stories, write songs and sing together as we talk about God, forgiveness, not being perfect, living each day, the Steps and other events on our personal journeys in recovery.

John McAndrew, LADAC, is a recording artist, recovery music specialist therapist, licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor (LADAC) and the music services coordinator at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, TN, where he provides individual and group therapy. McAndrew's music has been heard around the world and at many national events. While touring, he has performed for and worked with recovery audiences for over 30 years. His CD, "Forgiven" was in Grammy consideration three times in the Roots Gospel category. His music is in several feature films including One Little Red Wagon directed by David Anspaugh. McAndrew helped develop the Music Professionals Program at Cumberland Heights.

Guest Speaker: John McAndrew, LADAC

7 p.m. Friday, June 24 to noon Sunday, June 26


Dan Anderson Renewal Center
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN 55012

Please call the Renewal Center at 1-800-262-4882 for more information and to register.

*COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements
Guests who attend in-person Renewal Center programs on the Center City campus must agree to the following COVID-19 mitigation requirements:

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The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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