Singing Out Against Drugs: ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT, Part 1
This is your chance to be a star. Enter the 2011 Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music contest, hosted by the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Teens who submit an original song or music video promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle have a chance to win an invitation to Los Angeles to attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards rehearsal for a backstage experience and other awesome prizes. Visit NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week page for more information about the contest.
SBB recently talked to Super Star (his legal name), who is a member of the ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT. He told us about his real-life experience with drug addiction (and even a few tips about being a rock star). This is a project he started with his twin brother Rock Star (also his legal name) to help others learn from his experience.
What is the ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT?
I started the ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR PROJECT (RSSS) with my twin brother to increase awareness about addiction, celebrate recovery from it, and spread hope to those affected by it. Our mission is to get people talking about how substance use, affects teens and their families, and to involve them in important conversations about drug and alcohol abuse in homes and schools across America.
My brother and I are showing people it is fun and cool to spread the facts about drugs and drug abuse. For middle schools and high schools, we host live Skype sessions and give a presentation called “Got Serenity?” We also released a music CD called Serenity, focused solely on beating addiction. On the CD, we worked with some of our own rock ‘n roll heroes who share our passion about sobriety. We published a book called The First 30 Days to Serenity, and we’ll be taking our Rockin’ Recovery Tour to cities across the United States during the month of September in honor of National Recovery Month.
Why did you create RSSS?
I fought drug addiction for 15 years. When I was 21, I remember getting high and swearing to myself that I would not go back for more drugs when they ran out, but I did. I remember thinking I probably had a problem, but I couldn’t stop. I tried to quit hundreds of times, but even a heroin overdose was not enough to stop me.
My addiction cost me a lot: all of my friends left me and my family lost hope and stopped calling me. It wasn’t until I made the decision for myself that I finally stuck with it. Even after 3 years sober, the trail of devastation caused by my drug use has not been fixed, and I’m still working to get back the trust that I lost during my drug use. Getting sober was not easy, but by staying sober, I realize I can give people hope of overcoming dependence on drugs and alcohol and the despair that can come with it.
Who is your greatest influence?
Paul Stanley from Kiss. He made it to the top of his profession by choosing to stay away from all the substances that destroyed many of his peers. I respect him for encouraging others to stay on the right path, and I am proud that I can now call him my friend.
What advice do you have for aspiring rock stars?
Hold your ground. Believe in yourself, perfect your craft, and remember that the person you see in the mirror is the most valuable thing you have. The beauty that lies within us is what will allow each of us to achieve our dreams, whether it’s becoming a Rock Star or Super Star or something else! Finally, always love, always encourage, and never let despair get in the way!