No Finer Tribute

by The Discovering Alcoholic on November 2, 2008

The Bianca Center for Substance Abuse, named after Bianca Halstead of the band Betty Blowtorch, will open in Los Angeles this month offering a sane alternative to the quasi-spa and reality show treatment centers that have become some popular of late. I can think of no finer tribute to a recovering alcoholic than to have a treatment center dedicated in their name, it’s just a shame that this one has to be done posthumously. In 2001 after over a decade of sobriety working in arguably one of the harshest environments for a recovering alcoholic, Bianca Halstead was killed in an accident where the driver was intoxicated.

“I didn’t get sober until a few years after she died,” states Bianca Center Executive Director and Halstead’s nephew, Jaymee Carpenter. “What [still] blows my mind is how she made the sober lifestyle look so ridiculously cool and worth fighting for. She was an example to countless others by not only projecting that image, but by regularly offering help to those seriously seeking sobriety.” ~ MarketWatch

Fellow addicts and alcoholics in recovery including Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Duff McKagen of Velvet Revolver, and Ozzy Osbourne will attend the opening ceremonies on November 10th.

Here’s my tribute and TDA Salute to a memorable artist and alcoholic who is still inspiring great works in recovery. I picked this particular song for another recovery diva, The Junkys Wife, who I know is going through some hard times… take care my friend.

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