Inspired by late Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, the Nowell Family Foundation is said to provide addiction recovery services to the music community through the combined strength of the music industry and those who have been touched by the power of music.
Opioid drugs, a growing epidemic, interact with opioid receptors in your brain to relieve pain. One of the more illicit opioid drugs is Heroin, but the more common prescribed or Doctor administered drugs include Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine as well as Fentanyl, among others.
The Nowell Family Foundation plans to combat the growth of opioid addiction through treatment and awareness. They’re currently raising funds to open Bradley’s House, a six-bed recovery facility that will provide treatment for men in the music industry with opiate addiction, regardless of their financial situation. The goal is to offer a top level of clinical care, including medical detox and the ability to treat the most acute cases, by the end of 2018 through nationwide partnerships.
As we know, Bradley Nowell, who would have been 50-years-old today, died from a heroin overdose at the age of 27 back in May of 1996. Longtime friend of the Nowell family, Todd “Z-Man” Zalkins documented his struggles with opioid addiction as seen on the big screen in his 2017 documentary “The Long Way Back.” In that documentary, it shows Z-Man’s years of partying with Sublime to his present day life, living sober, free of opioids and helping others with addiction, including that of Brad’s son Jakob Nowell.
Papa Jim Nowell says, “We have finally found something we truly believe in doing – and that’s helping others who are struggling with addiction.” Kellie Nowell (Bradley’s sister), who is actively involved as the executive director, is dedicated to the growth of the foundation and to ensuring its stability, allowing it to serve others for many years to come.
The foundation is currently selling a limited edition run of of T-shirts titled Bradley’s House. Your purchase will help make Bradley’s House a reality. $15 of the T-shirt cost is a tax-deductible charitable donation.
Watch: Sublime – “Santeria”