July 25, 2008
KERRVILLE, Texas Marc Benno once played with psychedelic rockers
The Doors, but these days he's helping people find sobriety.
The Texas guitarist who played on The Doors' "LA Woman" album and
whose own band featured a young Stevie Ray Vaughan, has opened a
private chemical dependency clinic focused on helping artists and performers.
Benno, who started drinking at age 13 and got sober at age 41, said
drugs and alcohol eliminated some of the opportunities he had as a musician.
"It was the '60s, Woodstock. You felt left out if you didn't drink
and take drugs. There was a lot of peer pressure, and I tried
everything," said Benno.
The 61-year-old began working as a counseling intern several years
ago before deciding to open his own practice in Kerrville.