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Still Standing Up (via J Life)

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Sarge is an entertainer, comedian, motivational speaker and probably the one guy you’d really want to be with in a foxhole. He’s a busy guy, but Jlife was able to pin him down for a rare glimpse into his extraordinary life.

Jlife: You just got back from Israel, right? How was your trip? S: It was good. I was all over the country on a comedy tour. I was there for 11 days.

Was that a part of your “Comedy Therapy?”  My comedy therapy is an outgrowth of my 25 years of being sober. It’s a unique unintended consequence of my life really. It kind of just happened as a direct outgrowth of how active I am in the recovery world.  It’s weird because to me it’s such an obvious thing that laughter is the best medicine. You need to laugh and you need to not take yourself so seriously, but it’s never been a primary component of helping people get well.

And times have changed. The average age of the patients is younger and the substances that they are trying to get off of even more difficult to kick. You’re dealing with a whole new generation of people—we’re talking about late teens and early 20s—so there’s sort of the confluence of immediate gratification of technology. Phones, internet, gaming and social media have converged to forge this generation of people who may already be socially inept even without addiction. They are so geared towards communicating with their thumbs as opposed to their hearts. So now you have people that are addicted to these massively addictive poisons—narcotics and opioids—and then the centers take their phones away and try to talk them out of addiction with talk therapy or other modalities. To varying degree they’re useful, but the only thing that really works is in my opinion is spirituality. It has helped me resurrect my life from what it was to what it is. There is a lot of validity to meditation, affirmation and prayer (M.A.P. I call it). It’s like the map back to who you really are.

It’s kind of interesting that the same spiritual components that I used to eradicate stage fright and fear in the artistic and creative process are very much what you need in life. It’s almost like a mirror image of what I needed to do in order to elevate my life from homeless and addicted to a bold courageous performer.

Read the rest of the article at:  http://jlifeoc.com/still-standing-up/

“SARGE Behind Bars”, Sarge’s Very First Recovery Film

Casper, Wyoming (January 17, 2015)-

“SARGE Behind Bars”, Sarge’s very first recovery film is going into post-production with executive producer Rasha Drachovitch, CEO of 44 Blue Productions, the company responsible for 99% of the prisons shows on television, namely the wildly successful “LOCKUP” series featured on MSNBC.

Shot entirely on location in Casper, Wyoming in -12 degree weather. The film was written and directed by Sarge and is meant to be shown to patients in treatment centers and people in recovery residences everywhere to help them ALL find the gift of laughter.   Sarge did a 70 minute group/comedy performance for the “residents” of the Wyoming Re-Entry Recovery Prison in the morning and then spent the afternoon doing interviews with inmates who miraculously chose to share stories from their lives. The completed film will premiere at the “Innovations in Recovery” conference in San Diego ironically on April Fool’s Day.

Sarge Forms Sarge’s Kidz

Boynton Beach, Florida (December 2014)

SARGE FORMS SARGE’S KIDZ

Sarge’s Kidz is a charitable foundation formed to help kids of any race, creed or religion get treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder, a debilitating syndrome that Sarge’s own son Zander was diagnosed with almost 5 years ago.

Sarge established Sarge’s Kidz as a direct result of dealing with his son Zander’s developmental challenges. Sarge and his wife, Ania were deeply concerned when Zander did not make the transition from bottle feeding to regular food. Zander simply would not eat. In addition, he was emotionally disturbed by just about everything.   After an extremely expensive evaluative visit to The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, a subsidiary of Johns-Hopkins, it was determined that Zander would need ongoing therapy for what was described by the fine doctors at Hopkins as a “systemic disregulation” emblematic of “sensory processing disorder”.   Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (originally called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses.

The cost of the treatment was close to $300,000. Even though Zander qualified to be accepted directly into the program, the cost was catastrophically prohibitive largely because their health insurance would not cover treatment for SPD because the diagnosis was not recognized by DSM as a disorder.

Sensory Processing Disorder can affect anyone. Studies indicate that 5% to 16% of children exhibit symptoms of SPD. Six (6) times as many children have SPD than are diagnosed with autism for which there is no significantly effective treatment.

While everyone with autism suffers from SPD and misinterprets everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement not everyone with SPD is autistic. Therefore, if properly diagnosed there are treatments for SPD that enable the individual to better cope with their condition and live a more fruitful, rich and productive life.

Sarge established Sarge’s Kidz exclusively for charitable and secondary educational purposes.  Specifically, Sarge’s Kidz seeks to bring awareness and education to the general public about children with sensory processing disorders whom are often times misdiagnosed as autistic and assist the families of children suffering from SPD.

In the case of his son Zander, (Sarge’s kid), he just wouldn’t sleep well. He wouldn’t eat solid food and never really had a happy moment in his life. Zander was on the verge of being fed by feeding tube. That was UNTIL Sarge and his wife, Ania took Zander to the STAR Center in Denver, Colorado (STAR stands for Sensory Therapy And Research).

Sarge and his wife were so inspired by the work done at the STAR Center in Denver and Zander’s development, as well as the efforts of The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation that he wanted to help change the world for all of those affected by the disorder. Knowing that there is a great need for research funding and additional facilities across the country, it would be critical and important to provide hope and resources for those diagnosed with SPD and their families and is THE driving force behind establishing Sarge’s Kidz.

Sarge’s Kidz will scholarship children and their families in need to get evaluated and treated by the best doctors and therapists trained in the methodology of Dr. Lucy Miller, the matriarch and creator/inventor of the way SPD is dealt with currently. Furthermore, Sarge’s Kidz will participate in educating the general public and community about children with sensory disorders through the use of social media, electronic and print media, videos, publications, panels, lectures, work-shops and community events and helping to build sensory playgrounds specifically designed for kids diagnosed with SPD.

Sarge has been a spokesman and primary supporter of children with SPD and has been performing at events to benefit the STAR Center since 2009.

Sarge’s Kidz is a non-profit corporation comprised exclusively of volunteer members.

 Contact: ARNOLD WACHSBERGER COO of Sarge’s Kidz
awachsberger@gmail.com

OR:

Jane Owen or Alegra Kastens
Jane Owen Public Relations
408 N Doheny #6
Los Angeles, CA 90048

 

O: 424-279-9424
C: 714-366-0176

Innovations in Recovery

Los Angeles, California (December 17, 2014)

Mendi Baron of Evolve Teen Revovery Centers, with multiple locations in Southern California, has selected Sarge to keynote the “Innovations in Recovery” Conference in San Diego, March 30 thru April 2 at the Hotel Del Coronado Resort. World class interventionist Josh Scott has also been tagged to be part of the keynote festivities. Sarge will do his hilarious stand-up show later that evening for recovery industry professionals and premiere his recovery film “Happy Hour Behind Bars” the very next day.

Chanukah Chutzpah Tour… Kiss My Mezuzah

South Florida (December 2014)

The inaugural year of the “Chanukah Chutzpah Tour…kiss my mezuzah” drew thousands of comedy fans to numerous performing arts centers around Florida. Sarge devotees jammed The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Lake Worth Playhouse and Aventura Arts and Cultural Center for a slew of sold out performances that left them rolling in the aisles and wanting more. He told stories, played the piano performing his mind blowing “request bit” and sang his heart out, even throwing in dead on impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Sinatra in his original rendition of “If I Could Write a Book”. (read more)

Keep an eye on IAMSARGE.com for “Chanukah Chutzpah” dates in 2015 as dates have already been secured at ALL of this years venues, and Sarge is in talks with 4 additional prestigious theaters to add for this coming season. The first night of Chanukah this year will be December 7, so expect performances from Thanksgiving to Christmas of this hilarious 90 minute show featuring surprise guest opening acts and Sarge’s signature orchestra.