91.3 (WAPS) Has an Ongoing Commitment

The Summit Serving Community
Posted on 01/02/2020
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Cleveland-based reggae musician David Smeltz says he first started using alcohol and drugs heavily while touring in the mid-1980s.

“A lot of musicians, including myself, were … closet dope fiends and alcoholics,” said Smeltz. He said he used “alcohol, heroin, crack cocaine, all sorts of pills … anything that made me feel good.”

Smeltz has written on his blog that “it wasn’t until alcohol and dope stopped working for me and started working against me that I became uncomfortable enough to think there may possibly be a problem.” He pledged to stay clean in 2001 and now helps others who are in recovery or want to get clean, themes he also takes on in his music.

In 2011, a friend told him about Rock and Recovery, a new program on a local public radio station addressing addiction and recovery through music and positive messages. That led to Smeltz performing at annual fundraisers for the show, which also airs his songs. Read more here >>.

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