Addiction Free Forever

A past member of some top name bands including Sly and the Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Tokens, Dennis Marcellino, tells how he found permanent freedom from alcohol and drug addictions and how others can too.
Dennis Marcellino
author, speaker, musician

Dennis helps people solve their problems and reach their highest potential.

As an EX (not "recovering") alcoholic and drug user for 25 years now (after 18 years of use), he knows what works (and what doesn't).

With 40 years of experience through 21 approaches to lifestyle, problem solving and personal growth (including: many traditional and modern forms of psychology, spirituality, religion and cultural lifestyles; etc.), his uniquely broad and extensive experience is what has yielded new insights and methods.

• Education in science, engineering, psychology, spirituality and theology.

Celebrity status as a former member of some top name bands including Sly and the Family Stone (the #1 band in the world in 1970 and specially honored at the 2006 Grammies), The Tokens (famous for the hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), The Elvin Bishop Group and Rubicon (which Dennis co-founded and which closed the largest paid-ticket event in history).
Author of five books
Recording Artist including an extensive history in music, television and film, as well as 4 CD releases of his own, including a 5 star international bestseller.

As a former member of some top name bands, Dennis makes an entertaining and interesting guest for both radio and TV. His eclectic education includes 210 college semester units in the above named subjects, including a degree in engineering and a certificate in Wholistic Psychotherapy. He has done many successful radio and TV interviews. (Click here for reviews and quotes by hosts and producers). He also makes a good guest because of his passion and unique insights for controversial topics (such as religion, politics and culture). For more bio information click here.

To make this show even more entertaining, Dennis' music can be used to go in and out of segments.The music can be either e-mailed as mp3s or mailed as CDs. It can be heard at

"Dennis, You did a fabulous job today.
Thanks so much. Mancow loved you!!"
Maya Balakrishnan, Producer
Mancow Morning Show
WKQX-FM/Q101, Chicago (and syndicated)

Recovery Talk Network
Mancow In The Morning, WKQX,
.....Chicago and syndicated
Nick At Night, WGN, Chicago
The X-Zone (syndicated)
The Inside Success Show (internet)
Talk America Radio Network
The Good Life Show (Sirius #114)
Bob Dutko Show, WMUZ, Detroit

The Barry Farber Show, New York
The Ken Hamblin Show, Denver
Mecca One, KSJS-FM, San Jose
Relevent Radio, Minneapolis and
KOPB, PBS radio
Wendy Riddle, “Sound Off”, WFNC
Adam Clatsoff, WWNN, Miami
Joe Galuski, WSYR, Syracuse, NY
Liz Johnson, WTLT, North Carolina
Dave Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-FM, Tony Trupiano, Talk Show Host,
Talk America Radio Network
Steve Carr, Talk Show Host for
.....“Destiny”, WYLL, Chicago

...and more

(The above shows that Dennis is comfortable in any format: Mainstream, talk, entertainment, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, New Age, College, etc.)
CNN Headline News
CNN Entertainment Tonight
Good Morning San Diego
Living the Life (CBN)
Good Day Oregon
Good Morning L.A.
A.M. Northwest
Good Day Oregon
EWTN (international network)
American Bandstand
The Merv Griffin Show
The Tracey Ullman Show
ABC special “Cal Jam 2”
Truth Or Consequences
Midnight Special
PBS special
"Let's Rock Tonight"

…and more

Las Vegas Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Seattle Herald
Bay Area Guardian
.....(1/3 million circulation)
Living Light News (largest
.....Christian newspaper in
.....North America)
Purpose Magazine
Christian News Northwest
The Oregonian

...and more…

Concert Venues
The Greek Theatre
.....(Los Angeles)
Cal Jam 2 (largest paid
.....ticket event in history)
The Universal
Nevada showrooms
.....(Sahara, Harrah’s,
.....MGM Grand, etc.)
The Westbury Music Fair
.....(New York)
Stadiums (U.S. and
A number of concerts at
....."6 Flags Over..."
A number of the biggest
.....state fairs (main stage)
Irvine Meadows
Fillmore Auditorium
Norwegian Cruise Lines

…and more

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How to permanently end an alcohol or addiction problem

Dennis Marcellino is a recovered alcoholic and drug user (...used for 18 years, recovered for over 25 years). He shares his insights on this subject and how others can overcome this problem in his new book, Addiction Free Forever (shown on the right).

* How does one get over an addiction?
* Why willpower is not enough
* Why the 12 Steps aren't enough for many
* You can't expect someone to say "no" to drugs unless they have something better to say "yes" to.
* You can be cured of an addiction to the point where you are no longer in recovery but are recovered with no desire for alcohol or drug use when you do find that something better

(To see the commercial page for this book, click here.)

In Sweeping It Under The Drug (as shown on the right), Dennis shows the cure for other addictions he's conquered, including: gambling, sports, people, hobbies.

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“I’m pleased to have been able to provide an audience for Dennis Marcellino’s remarkable story and music. He had an excellent appearance as a guest on There Is A Solution. His blend of honesty and spirituality, along with his historical perspective of the sixties, offered listeners a unique and positive message of hope and recovery.”
Larry W., Program Host
Recovery Talk Network

"Dennis, You did a fabulous job today. Thanks so much. Mancow loved you!!"
Maya Balakrishnan, 9/14/05
Mancow Morning Show
WKQX-FM/Q101, Chicago (and syndicate)

"Dennis has written a very, very exciting book, which you really do have to read.”
Adam Clatsoff, WWNN, Miami

“Dennis, you’re absolutely charming and very pleasant to talk to. I forget sometimes that you’re a celebrity guest because you’re so easy and approachable.”
Wendy Riddle, “Sound Off”, WFNC

"I interviewed Dennis Marcellino, author of Why Are We Here? on The Inside Success Show and loved every moment. His wit and fun stories made the interview lively and memorable. My audience loved it. I would highly recommend him for any show. It was more than a delight, it was an honor to interview him. He was awesome."
Randy Gilbert , Host of The Inside Success Show

“Dennis has a very interesting... a VERY interesting story to tell!”
Joe Galuski, WSYR, Syracuse, NY

“Great interview! You won me over.”
Liz Johnson, WTLT, liberal co-host of a show hosted by a liberal and a conservative

"You get an awful lot of research, thought, work and wisdom condensed into this one book. It's not a sloppy nor sentimental work but a rigorous and joyous proof of the love, majesty and grace of God. All this for $14.50...that's hard to beat!"
Dave Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-FM, Troy, Alabama

“I highly recommend Why Are We Here? as a must book for anyone’s library.”
Tony Trupiano, Talk Show Host, Talk America Radio Network

“A wonderful book! What I get more than anything out of it is that: for people of faith, ‘there’s a good reason for why you believe. You don’t have to bury your head in the sand. You can deal with any challenge on the tough issues.’ And for people who are not of faith: ‘consider the Bible, because what I’ve found - scientifically, philosophically and experientially - is that the Bible is truth.’ The author marries his science/engineering background with his cultural/musician experiences to say that Christianity has the answers, and that it’s applicable and relevent today. His book shows how to apply Biblical Christianity to our lives. This book is an A to Z about life....a sequential journey starting with the origins issue, all the way through to the end of life and beyond. You should buy 10 copies and give them to your family, friends, people in your church and co-workers!”
Steve Carr, Talk Show Host for “Destiny”, WYLL, Chicago

"You speak in a way that people can understand... bridging the gap between religion and everyday life."
Jeff Cavins, Relevant Radio

"I have REALLY enjoyed this interview. Dennis, I want to say that how you speak and how you define your concept and your understanding of creation and Why We Are Here... it's just incredible! I love listening to you."
Diane, Northville, MI

"Dennis has a wonderful message ... a great gift musically ... but a wonderful message of freedom and redemption."
Terry Meeuwsen, co-host, 700 Club and Living The Life

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"Clearly, you have won your war against drugs as you have been drug free for years. Your success in overcoming addiction is to be commended. It is our wish that every person stricken with an addiction to drugs can overcome it with the success you have had. It is our hope that every other person can understand the devastation that occurs through addiction and makes it a personal goal to stay clear of drugs. It is the dedication of people like you that give all of us hope for the future.”
G. Albert Howenstein, Jr., Exec. Dir., Office Of Criminal Justice Planning, CA Governor's office

"This book 'iced' my cousin, who was heavily into drugs. He took the book's
advice and now he's off of drugs and happy. I'd like to order 10 more copies."
Constance Elliot, U.S. Dept. of Health, Washington D.C.

"...frank and friendly...sincere and optimistic...not only concerned with ridding
people's lives of drugs, but also with leading them to a higher state of being and
greater fulfillment as individuals...a sympathetic voice which will affect readers
for the better...This book is personal rather than systematically therapeutic or a
'pop' treatment of a current social concern...touches upon the important factors
of human life---the self, relationships, mates, and others."
Corinne Perry Buck, The Small Press Book Review ('feature' review)

"I highly recommend the reading of this book as an understanding guide for all of the 12 step recovery programs. It gave me greater insight into my need for continuous spiritual development in order to maintain quality sobriety and peace of mind."
Gloria Montgomery, Chairperson of ALL/ANON GROUP. Founder of RECOVERY SYSTEMS. Founded many alcohol & chemical dependency rehab centers & hospital clinics in U.S. & Canada. CEDARS SINAI Alcoholism Counselor. 29 years clean & sober. Personal counselor to Shelley Winters, highly mentioned in her book.

"This book is absolutely --WONDERFUL! I could not put it down until I had read all of it. It is one of the most fascinating books I have read in years."
Robert Tyre, Editor, Eclectic Press, Atlanta, Georgia

"Very powerful material. An amazing piece of work by an amazing man."
Scott Fagan, Head of the recovery unit at Brotman Hospital (one of Los Angeles' largest).. Founder and Chairman of BIZRAP (entertainment industry Recovery Assistance Program). UCLA graduate (Drug Rehabilitation Clinic Design), Active leader in AA and CA (Cocaine Anon.)

"I wanted to write and thank you for your book. I work in the prison library so as soon as I finished reading your book I placed it in the library. It has been very popular with the inmates. It is really a good book on substance abuse."
Benjamin, Seagoville, Texas

"I read your book and was very inspired to clean up my act. I'd like to order another copy for myself and one to pass on."
Theresa, Escondido, CA

"Just finished reading your book and wanted you to know how much it helped me. Thank you. May God bless you greatly."
Mary A.

"A carefully reasoned argument against drug use that goes further than telling people to "just say no"--it offers real help for people who want to break free of the bondage of drugs. The book gives vivid insight into the realities of the drug culture that most of us never see."
Dr. John MacArthur Jr., popular author and radio minister, and
Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

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More Bio and Background information

As a former member of some top name bands and as one of the original San Francisco hippies, he has had a lot of experiences with drugs and alcohol use and abuse. He is familiar with the ins and outs of what addiction is all about and how to overcome it and he shares his insights and what has worked for him and others in his new book, Addiction Free Forever. The commercial page for his book can be seen by clicking here.

Dennis was born and raised in San Francisco and then moved to Los Angeles. For the last 17 years, Dennis has resided near Portland, Oregon with his wife Kathy.

Besides being a member of the above named bands, Dennis has recorded and toured as a musician/vocalist with Sha Na Na, Rare Earth, 3 Dog Night, The Electric Flag, Graham Central Station among others. He has also been a special guest star on many television shows including The Tracey Ullman Show, American Bandstand, Midnight Special and Merv Griffin. He scored and performed the music for a number of movies, and sang the lead and played sax on two songs in "Sweet Bird Of Youth", starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon. To see and hear Dennis' music click here.

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Show Segment Idea
(In chronological order)

• Normal growing up in San Francisco in the ‘50s and early ‘60s (born 1948).

• Married and went to college in 1965 at age 17

• Became a musician, then a hippie with a famous music career (Sly & The Family Stone, The Electric Flag, and The Elvin Bishop Group)

• Used drugs (all kinds) and alcohol for 18 years

• Had a number of “bad trips”, including one that landed his first wife in a mental hospital and cost him his marriage.

• Became an alcoholic to cover the pain and agoraphobia from bad experiences from drugs and “free love” (that is, sex outside of marriage).

• Sought help in many forms of psychology, with psychiatrists, in Scientology, (21 different approaches to lifestyle, problem solving and personal growth in all) but nothing worked…including the “willpower/behavior modification” and 12 Step “higher power” approaches.

• Decided on suicide in 1980 (a miracle stopped him)

• Following the Bible did work…and has for 25 years

• He says he’s not a “recovering” alcoholic or drug user …he’s an EX alcoholic and drug user. He says that alcohol and drugs are just too harsh for his level of sensitivity now and therefore not enjoyable.

• He’s been living a life of deep fulfillment and great purpose for 25 years now…which has been manifesting as a writer, speaker, media personality, family man and musician.

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