Phish frontman Trey Anastasio praises NY drug court program

Vocalist Trey Anastasio, left, bassist Mike Gordon, center, and drummer Jon Fishman, right, of Phish perform for the first time in five years at the Hampton Coliseum for the first of three concerts by the reunited group Phish in Hampton, Va., Friday. / AP photo

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) -- Trey Anastasio, frontman for the rock band Phish, has returned to a New York drug court to offer encouragement to those afflicted with the same addictions he has battled.

Anastasio spoke for nearly 30 minutes Wednesday in Washington County Felony Drug Court, to which he was sentenced in 2008. Two years earlier, police found heroin and prescription painkillers in his vehicle during a traffic stop near the Vermont border.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports ( ) the musician told a packed courtroom, including five drug court graduates, that the county's drug rehabilitation program put him on the road to nearly a decade of sobriety and likely saved his life.

Anastasio also said he still attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in New York City and serves as a sponsor for those who are trying to get sober.

AP-WF-06-16-16 1425GMT

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