Alice in Chains guitarist, Jerry Cantrell, was given the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award at the 8th Annual Musicares Benefit in Los Angeles. According to WXYZ.com, he was honored for the work he does helping fellow musicians through substance abuse recovery.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. They offer resources to cover a wide range of finical, medical, and personal emergencies. They often help musicians in need of substance abuse treatment, and they also donated instruments to musicians who lost theirs during Hurricane Katrina. Other musicians who have won the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award, which if given to musicians who are dedicated to helping those in need of recovery, are Anthony Keidis, Chris Cornell, Alice Cooper, and Dave Gahan.
Jerry Cantrell has been clean and sober for nine years. He said, "I'm as imperfect as they come. I just don't get high today and wake up the next morning and try to do the same thing."
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