Local construction worker uses music to help addicts

Beth Fisher

Local construction worker uses music to help addicts

CREATED Mar. 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Tonight, a Las Vegas man takes the stage with his guitar but not a stage most of us have seen and not in front of an audience most of us would expect. But, he's there every month. Matt Dorman makes Las Vegas a better place to live.

Amber Ingram is recovering at Westcare -- her home for six months while she rehabilitates from a life of drugs and alcohol.

Once a month, Amber and the other women and children living at Westcare get to party sober thanks to a construction worker who plays one heck of a guitar.  Matt Dorman says, "When I first saw the women with the children and the miracle of children being able to be with moms in recovery, it stole my heart.'
That was 15 years ago. All this time, Matt Dorman has gathered a group of musicians to come to Westcare once a month to play for these recovering families. Westcare's deputy director Heather Frost explains, "It gives them something to look forward to and it gives them something they would never be exposed to sober. They've never done anything social sober and had a really good time and let themselves have a good time."
At one point the women nicknamed Matt's group the guitar heroes. But Matt says THEY are the real heroes. "It takes a lot of guts to put your life aside to recover. "
Recovering addicts like Amber appreciate what Matt does. "In my mind I thought I could only have fun doing drugs and drinking. Matt has shown us we're worth something, we're worth his time."
Matt is celebrating his15th anniversary performing at Westcare.