Joe Walsh Honored

Rainbow Room, NYC

Joe Walsh Honored by Facing Addiction with NCADD
Rainbow Room - NYC - 10/8/2018
Story and Photos - Rebecca Wolf

Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night (October 8) by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their lifetime support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.

In attendance at the event were his famous brother in law, Ringo Starr, and his wife Barbara Bach. Did you know Walsh is married to the sister of Ringo's wife Barbara Bach?  I didn't!

Also in attendance, fellow Eagle, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers fame, Paul Shaffer and Little Steven Van Zandt. 

Walsh, Gill, McDonald and Butch Walker entertained the crowd with some Rock classics and Walsh hits. 

It was a special night of Rock Stars giving back. 
Walsh has been sober for 25 years and told the crowd his story. How alcohol helped him overcome his shyness, awkwardness and stage fright. How he discovered Cocaine in college. 

“My higher power became vodka and cocaine,” Walsh said, until he hit rock bottom. “I burned all the bridges. Nobody wanted to work with me. I was angry. ... I turned into this godless, hateful thing.” That’s when he sought the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. There, “I met some old timers,” he said, his voice cracking at times. “Gradually they showed me that I’m not a unique individual, one-of-a-kind person. I’m just an alcoholic, and for the first time in my life I felt like I was somewhere where I belonged.”

Life's been good!

For over 70 years, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), has been a valuable resource for millions of people struggling with alcohol and other drug problems, and its 74 NCADD Affiliates represent the largest such affiliate network in the addiction field.

Since its history-making launch on the National Mall in 2015, Facing Addiction has become the leading voice among the nearly 45 million people and their families whose lives have been directly impacted by addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Combining these two, far-reaching organizations represents a firm commitment to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated.

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