Meet Chris Carter of Veterans Overcoming Obstacles and Hear How CrossFit Has Become Part of A Healthy Sober Lifestyle….

Meet Chris Carter of Veterans Overcoming Obstacles in Pueblo, Colorado.  Chris shares about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in his recovery.  He also shares about how he works with veterans of the armed forces to help them in their recovery.  Chris is a huge proponent of CrossFit and explains why….

ROCovery Fitness, Sky Fit and Mike Stanbrough: Who Ever Said Recovery Isn’t A Blast?

Meet Mike Stanbrough and our friends from ROCovery Fitness in Rochester, New York.   In this video, Mike introduces us to SkyFit, a fun workout on trampolines.  For more information on the fun active sober projects Mike is working on, check out his Instagram page: @thefunfitdude.   For more information on the great stuff happening at ROCovery Fitness, visit: www.rocoveryfitness.org.

 

Rise & Grind: An Innovative Program in Reno, Nevada Designed for Women in Recovery

Grant Denton and Lisa Moore came together to create “Rise and Grind”, an innovative program in Reno, Nevada, designed specifically for women in recovery from substance abuse and inter-related mental health issues.   The majority of women in recovery also suffer from eating disorders, get addicted faster and have a higher relapse rate.  That’s why what Denton and Moore and doing is so important and ground-breaking.  They are equalizing the playing field for women in recovery!!!

Denton, Moore and participants in the Rise & Grind program.

The 90 day Rise and Grind program includes a weekly course on healthy eating and a daily workout at 6 a.m. at American Iron Gym.   The program is intended to build muscle, self-esteem and discipline.   Moore told us the ladies “get clean and sober – and they stop doing drugs, but then they need to learn how to do the nutrition part of it the working out part of it.”   Denton added it’s a 90 day program that is intended to be integrated into a long-term recovery program.   Rise & Grind graduates get a one year free membership to American Iron Gym when they graduate.   For more information visit www.facebook.com/riseandgrindreno.    Denton and Moore are serious players in recovery but also know how to have fun.  Below is video they recreated to celebrate the graduation of a 2018 class.  GREAT WORK!!!!!

Graham McCormack: Celebrating Eighteen Months Sober – How this Mixed Martial Artist Turned His Life Around

In 2012, Graham Mc Cormack of County Cork Ireland was a highly-rated mixed marital arts fighter. Graham fought hard in the cage and played hard outside of it. His success brought along with it a party lifestyle. As his career grew, Graham was offered the opportunity to fight for a championship belt and he did. Graham was unexpectedly knocked out in the first round by his opponent, His hopes and dreams shattered, Graham turned to alcohol and drugs to relieve the pain.

Graham was using alcohol and drugs on a daily basis. He turned for help to a psychiatrist who prescribed a large number of pills that he promised Graham would give him relief. The exact opposite happened: Graham began an out of control downward spiral that almost killed him. Here is how he describes that period in his life which he describes as his “breaking point”.

Graham bloated and fat while in active addiction and then leaned out and sober

“I was engaging in self-harm, every relationship I had was in turmoil, I had many pscyh ward and hospital stays, 3 suicide attempts, my Chrons disease was active, my blood pressure was through the roof and I suffered from massive anxiety and panic attacks. I would just start freaking out when I was out in public and I gained 65 pounds. I looked terrible on the outside and felt even worse on the inside”.

DBT and Mindfulness

Graham began dialectical behavioral therapy otherwise known as DBT. It took about nine months and minor relapses before Graham started to see his hard work pay off. Here’s what Graham has to say:

“It was around 9 months mark of the therapy when it clicked. All of the days of drilling mindfulness and coping mechanisms into me were not wasted. After about 12 months, I finally began to understand me. At 27 years of age, I actually started to get to know myself. I used the coping mechanism of kindness to turn that low self-esteem to a point where I had eradicated my part and began to believe I was a good human being again. I began to care about what I was putting in my body, I began exercising, meditating and slowly but surely, my days of self-destruction became firmly rooted in my past rather than my present or future”.

18 Months Sober and Advice for Others

Graham is celebrating 18 months sober and is once again competing in mixed martial arts and coaching newcomers to the sport. Here’s Graham’s advice to others in the program.

“Relax and BREATHE: Come out of your head and focus your attention on your body, feel the air as you inhale and exhale. Focus your attention on the positive, expend the energy through movement, go workout, go walk in nature, connect to the earth and accept there is something more powerful than your addiction and that’s your connection with the universe.

You have total control over your mind and body, you can control your thoughts, they do NOT control you.

You are not your mistakes, all those time you messed up while using? That does not define you, who you are is who you are this moment, a powerful, strong person, who deserves and will get love from others.

Look ahead with a positive mindset, be optimistic, be goal driven, set them, take action and achieve, you deserve it”.

Words of wisdom from someone who has lived it. If you want to chat with Graham,
message and “friend” him on Facebook, he also has a blog page and on Instagram @grahammaccormackMMA.

You are an inspiration and we here at Spiritual Adrenaline thank you for sharing the gift you received with others all around the world.

Graham during a mixed martial arts match on top of an opponent.

Todd Smith: Addict 2 Athlete: How One Addict Learned to “Stay Invincible”….

While incarcerated at 27 for drug related offenses, Todd Smith suffered a heart attack, organ failure and was rushed to the hospital and given last rights.  Today, Todd is five years sober, inspires others with his work at Addict 2 Athlete and Stay Invincible Cross Fit in Pueblo, Colorado and will soon graduate with honors from college.   Todd’s story is among the most compelling and his journey in recovery has only just begun.


Celebrating 4 Years Smoke Free on Mount Rainer

I recently attempted to summit Mount Rainier in Washington State. I didn’t make it to the 14,500 summit but I did climb to 11,200. I plan to get some experience this winter climbing on ice and will give Rainier another go in 2018. Totally beautiful mountain. Hope you enjoy …

The top video is the edited version, the bottom video is the full version.

CrossFit for addiction recovery

Tim Mustion climbing a ropeTim Mustion of Boca Raton, Florida and the CrossFit gym, CrossFit HYPE shares with us his recovery/exercise experiences. After years of mixing drugs and alcohol with CrossFit, I got sober in September 2015 and worked the Twelve Steps. I soon found out that getting involved in the community, being held accountable, and helping others both inside the CrossFit gym and in AA meetings has strengthened my recovery ten-fold and has allowed me to do things I never thought possible. CrossFit and recovery go hand in hand, healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Exercise and Nutrition for Twelve Steps of Recovery: 40,000 Facebook Likes

Thanks for helping us get to 40,000 Likes! A shout out to all our friends on Facebook for helping us message the importance of exercise and nutrition as part of a Twelve Step approach to Recovery. And thanks to ROCovery sober community center for letting us film with you!

Win By Showing Up

I learned in recovery that what really matters is just showing up.  Whether it be to a meeting or anything that we do, the decision to actively engage in life rather than isolate, makes you a winner.  In this video, I describe why I compete in men’s physique at the ripe old age of 48 ½.  It’s really not about coming in first, but rather increasing my level of discipline, being around healthy minded people I aspire to be more like and having a great time.   In many ways, the reason I attend twelve step meetings is exactly the same.  I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe get inspired to step out of your comfort zone.