Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Rock to Recovery

Music is the Medicine

Laguna Beach, CA


To transform lives via the powerful, healing, consoling experience of music. Through our musical programs, Rock to Recovery gives people hope, where there may be hopelessness, and shows people light where there is darkness.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Wesley Geer

Main Address

375 Aster St.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651 USA


Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Substance Abuse





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Opiates, Addiction, Alcoholism, Mental Disorders, PTSD, TBI,

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Rock to Recovery: Music Sessions

Where we work

Our Results

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Hours of programing delivered

Population(s) served

People who abuse drugs, alcohol, or other substances

Related program

Rock to Recovery: Music Sessions

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We aim to bring light to people in recovery, helping to provide that needed spiritual experience to those struggling w opiates, addiction, alcoholism, mental disorders, PTSD, TBI, etc. Through our musical programs we show people how capable they are to write, express, perform, challenge themselves, and find true inner happiness, increasing measures of wellness like hope, joy, positivity, connectivity, self-esteem & increased motivation.

Our musical program is part of the treatment curriculum of 100+ treatment programs throughout California and we work nationally with the Dept. of Defense's Wounded Warriors programs. Through continued fundraising via out concert events, grant and donor outreach, we can continue to bring our services to people and programs that would not normally have access.

We have a broad market reach through our 5 years of service to the recovery communities. Additionally our staff consists of many pillars of the recovery world and retired 'rockstar' recording artists. Coupled with the deep networks we have in both industry and our Rock to Recovery Award Show and Concert, we are able to continually grow our reach, exposure and revenue. We have also added a Rock to Recovery Radio show, and podcast that is bring more visibility to our Founder and organization as a whole.

As we have made progress in sustained growth, marketing is not a huge need for us. Our services have a great reputation in the industry. So, as we see sustained interest and requests in and for what we do, we can continue to capitalize on the growth, bringing our services to more and more partners. As our donor and fundraising revenues grow, via the growing popularity of our org and concert events, we too will be able to grow our reach into new markets, and new areas of recovery, and other beneficial youth and adult programs we are not yet accessing.

Since the org inception in 12/12/12 by our Founder, Wesley Geer, we have grown to staff 13 program administrators who deliver 500+ sessions monthly, in California, Oregon and Tennessee. We also work with the Air Force Wounded Warrior program through a contract with the Department of Defense. We started concert fundraisers in 2016 and have had four sold out shows honoring people like Mike Ness (singer, Social Distortion) Wayne Kramer (guitarist, MC5 and Founder of Jail Guitar Doors) and Corey Taylor (singer, Slipknot, Stonesour). We've honored Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Moby, Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Married with Children), and John Feldman (Goldfinger). In Austin, we have honored Kathy Valentine (GoGos) and Bob Schneider. Performers have included Chester Bennington, Fred Durst, Steve Stevens, Stone Temple Pilots, Chris Chaney, Franky Perez, Shavo Odadjian, to name a few. Celebrity event supporters have been Drew Carey, Jamie Pressly, Tito Ortiz, Any Dick, Idina Manzel, Jason Wahler, Brandon Novak, Eden Sassoon, etc. The concerts have been sober events and proven very unique and highly valued part of the recovery communities, offering unique experiences for people in recovery and sponsor partners as well. These vents run in the fall, each year. 2016's event raised $20,000. In 2018, we raised more than $80,000. Each year, the show raises a bit more. We also have launched Rock to Recovery Radio as well as a yearly holiday fundraiser dinner party, with similar success, selling out the Fonda Theatre and Avalon Hollywood respectively. Our unique business model of having a for-profit entity as well, gives us the ability to offset 95% of the admin costs, by absorbing them by the for profit entity. This lets approx 95% of our revenue go strictly to program revenue.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?