by Michelle Titian – Originally Published on

With 7 years of sobriety under my belt, I have come to recognize how incredibly grateful I am for my life. As a singer-songwriter, I often reflect back to when I was in active addiction, and how incredibly bound I was by fear. 

Funny enough, they say “the truth shall set you free” and for the first time in my life, I was finally able to “stay stopped” from alcohol when I was fully able to be honest with myself and admit at gut level, I needed help. I surrendered. From that day forward, living in recovery, I have learned so much about myself, my disease, and my purpose on this earth- helping others.

Living in active recovery, I have come to recognize my main purpose, which is to help women who are dying from this disease that I call Alcoholism. Through my experiences, strength, and hope, I get to be a part of watching women who have lost their will to live, come to transform into a life full of gratitude, peace, and serenity. To witness this transformation happen is one of the biggest gifts I have ever been able to experience in my life. 

If you or someone you know is suffering, please reach out for help. Help is here and recovery is possible.

Whatever you do in your recovery, please do not do it alone. Get rid of the faulty belief that asking for help is weak; reaching out for help is one of the wisest and most courageous things we can do. Nothing worthwhile in life can be done alone. All great achievements were the product of a team of individuals supporting each other and recovery is no different. Just imagine the infinite possibilities and the countless number of people you will help. Not to mention what your family and friends will feel. Please ask for help! Our connection to others and the world around us is one of the most vital steps we must take if we are to free ourselves from addiction. Addiction feeds on loneliness and despair so we must starve it by staying connected.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. If you are seeking crisis support services please go to

The Drive Foundation is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to helping people recovering from or currently battling mental illness and addiction issues. Offering assistance to those working through their recovery to regain stability, purpose, and acceptance, we hope to erase stigma through applied programs.

Founded by singer/songwriter Michelle Titian, producer Steve Brown and entertainment manager Michael Loveless. The Drive Foundation promotes the therapeutic benefits of the arts in the recovery process by establishing a series of programs that offer platforms to highlight the work of artists in recovery through promotions, media, and publishing designed to bring opportunities to talented individuals.

If you have any questions or concerns around recovery and recovery based programs please contact The Drive Foundation at or

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Authors: Ace Piva is the Co-founder / Executive Director of Over The Bridge Tammy Francoeur is the Co-Founder/Director of Habitude Addiction and Wellness Programs

The sounds are loud, the lights are bright, and even in seemingly good times, unsupported mental health and bad lifestyle habits can start to take control of our lives. The tired trope of the tortured artist is often an excuse we use to hide behind our unhealthy behaviours and negative coping mechanisms, but eventually, its effects always catch up with us. As time progresses, mental health regresses and isolation becomes more common and more habitual. This concerning change in behaviour can often times become more obvious to everyone but ourselves.

For many musicians, it feels as if the world was hit with COVID-19 almost overnight. Artists from all around the world were forced to postpone or abandon tours and isolate. Physical distancing and staying at home was the right decision, however, isolation has left many musicians and road crew in limbo, and at a higher risk for a mental health crisis.

When we are forced to be alone, our emotions can plummet very quickly, and there are no sounds or bright lights to safeguard our mental and physical health. As self-isolation continues during these unprecedented times, it may be normal to experience feelings of increased anxiety, depression or anger.