Nonprofit Sobriety Sounds plans local music space to aid recovery

Later this month, Sobriety Sounds, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make musical instruments accessible to the addiction recovery community, will hold its first fundraiser with the goal of building a musical sanctuary. .

“Music is my favorite method of communication,” said Matthew Hoye.

Hoye, a songwriter, is the founder and president of Sobriety Sounds, formed in March 2021. He credits music as a positive influence in his recovery from addiction.

“At the start of recovery, the transition from a life of active addiction to finding your creativity in sobriety can be very difficult,” Hoye said.

The organization’s mission is to foster a creative refuge for those struggling with addiction.

A proposed layout for Sobriety Sounds

“Imagine a music store with guitars on the wall and drum sets and keyboards on the floor,” Hoye said.

The proposed layout for the space includes music stations consisting of a desk, complimentary notebooks/pens/pencils and a small amplifier. Accessories such as studio headphones, instrument cords, tuners and guitar pedals will also be available to tune out for free.

For people who may not have a background in music but want to learn an instrument, Sobriety Sounds hopes to offer free lessons in guitar, keyboard, audio production and creative writing.

The ultimate goal would be for a recovering person to learn how to cultivate a musical skill and come away with given equipment and enough knowledge to set up a home recording studio.

Example workstation for Sobriety Sounds.

One of the challenges the nonprofit organization may face is ensuring that the recovery community has privileged access to the space.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really no way to monitor people,” Hoye said. “We don’t want to go up to people and ask if they’re recovering. As long as they’re not noticeably under the influence, they can use our space. If someone who isn’t necessarily recovering wants to come in and enjoy our services, we are not going to refuse them.”

Hoye says many services help people get into rehab, but few offer long-term support beyond 12-step meetings or outpatient programs that last six months to a year.

“They’re not effective,” he said. “Addiction is a chronic disease that requires long-term maintenance.”

Support the effort

Boulder Coffee on Alexander Street will host the fundraising event for Sobriety Sounds. The multi-artist acoustic show will take place on August 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Funds from the show will go directly towards the construction of the music facility.

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