Help People Find Freedom From Addiction Through Physical Activity
Over 40 million people struggle with a substance use disorder in the United States. For the small percentage of addicts who do receive treatment, 40-60 percent relapse within the first year. Addiction is a highly unique issue—a systemic top-down approach isn't going to make it disappear. More individuals and families need to heal from addiction today than ever before. A recent study published by Altarum reports that the economic crisis of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. exceeded $1 trillion between 2001-2017 and an additional $500 billion is estimated through 2020 if current conditions persist.
The Phoenix can help stem the tide of addiction by leveraging the intrinsic power of physical activity and social connection. The Phoenix releases people to rise and recover from addiction using an innovative model called a "free active sober community." Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, CrossFit, biking, socials and other activities, The Phoenix helps members develop and maintain the emotional strength needed to stay sober, while also building a positive support network to ensure long-term, sustainable recovery. The Phoenix founder, Scott Strode, said, "Every time I stood on top of a mountain or crossed the finish line, I was a little bit more a climber and a little bit less an addict.
"Move a muscle, change a thought" is a common mantra in recovery communities and The Phoenix is proof it really works! For the individuals who join The Phoenix, 75 percent of participants realize lasting sobriety. After three moths, over 80 percent of members improved their confidence, coping skills, self-esteem, sense of purpose and pleasure in life. Since it started in 2006, The Phoenix has helped over 26,000 people heal and rebuild their lives through power of community and exercise. #StrongerThanStigma.