The benefits of exercise are well-documented and practically innumerable, and the connection between physical exertion and stress relief through endorphin release is near common knowledge nowadays. As a result, many people understand the unique qualities of fitness that can function as potent ways to combat a wide variety of challenges and difficulties in life.

Perhaps chief amongst these is addiction, which comes in many forms and impacts people in different ways. Of course, the reality is that no silver bullets exist for these struggles. Sustained victory in these battles of self-control require sustained efforts on multiple fronts. One recovery program that seeks to utilize the power of fitness to help in the fight against addiction is called Addict II Athlete.

The website states the following as a functional mission statement:

We are a free community support group available to anyone touched by addiction. Whether you are in recovery yourself or have family or friends who have, or are currently battling addiction, please come join us. Addict II Athlete is run solely on volunteers and donations. …

We are a group of friends, peers and family members who all have one thing in common…addiction. By knowing an addict, having been affected by addiction or being in recovery ourselves. We have come together to help one another with the outcome from all angles of addiction. We have found a new way of life, by exercising and becoming physically fit. This has become a pivot point in our new way of life.

We are here to carry the message of recovery and change the outlook of the word… addict. To show that there is hope for every individual affected by addiction out there. We have adopted the philosophy of Erase and Replace, defined as; erasing our addiction and replacing it with something of greater value (ie. friendship, family, respect and compassion).

Our goal is to spread the message of recovery to the addict and family of the addict who still struggle with addiction and to show that we have discovered a more excellent way to live. We wish to redefine the public’s view on addiction and recovery.

Many in our fellowship have been told there was no hope for them, “Once an addict always an addict,” that we would never change. Unfortunately, this is a common viewpoint. This belief is simply not true, we are living proof that change is possible, all we need is an opportunity and we have found it by moving from an addict to an athlete.

Healthy lifestyles are a sufficient inspirational result of physical fitness movements, so exercise for a greater purpose than that is especially moving, no pun intended.

To learn more about Addict II Athlete, click here.