In late 2008, I was having a conversation with Ken Block a friend of mine who I had invited to come to Nashville and share his story of recovery with patients at a treatment center.
I shared with him that I had assessed a number of teens coming into treatment that were mentioning how their Spring Break either introduce them to drugs and alcohol or really launched them into active addiction and dependency. Ken had been in recovery from his addiction for 6 years at that time, and we thought how cool it would be for a group of recovering music artist to be apart of a sober spring break for young people. We thought that maybe if someones first spring break experience was sober, that maybe it would empower them to be sober at future spring breaks. We also wanted to provide the young person that was either using substances or in active addiction to be apart of a sober experience in supporting them making a different decisions.
A few months later, I was able to raise $10,000 and secure a location at Centennial Park in Nashville for the first "Clean Break" on March 15, 2009. That day more than 200 high school students from 80 high schools attended a festival with vendors and a dozen music artist performing supporting sobriety and recovery. Artist included: Ken Block Edwin McCain, Jeffrey Steele and Emerson Hart among other local favorites. In 2010 for the second event in Nashville, TN, we had over 500 students show up at a venue for an all day concert with 20 bands! In 2011, I was encouraged to create a week long event for college students in recovery so they could be in a safe supportive community during Spring Break. In 2012, I partnered with the city of Destin, FL to host Clean Break and we had 50 students from 8 universities attend the event.
Clean Break 2017 will be in Destin, FL as well, and we are expecting 200 students from 25 universities to participate. As a parent myself, I am happy to provide a safe and supportive environment for young people during one of the most dangerous times of the year for college students. Since 2009, more than 1,000 students have attended a Clean Break event at a one day festival or a week at the beach. If you would like to support Clean Break, please click on the Clean Break image below.