WHY WE DO IT!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nearly 21.2 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). More than 1.2 million of them are veterans.
About 2.1 SUD’s are related to prescription opioid pain medications with an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
The smallest number is the scariest. Drug treatment centers in the U.S. have the capacity to treat only 20% of those who need help. For those recovering from substance abuse addictions, bicycling can play a significant role in ensuring success. Recreational bicycling:
- rebuilds fitness levels and helps patients to feel more empowered over their bodies, enhancing self-esteem.
- repairs damaged cells.
- offers productive use of time. Those in recovery can pedal to job interviews, workplaces, grocery stores, movies, friends’ homes, and support meetings while gaining the health benefits of exercise.
- diverts attention from periods of boredom that can often trigger relapses.
- helps treatment centers to measure outcomes and success rates. Many suffering from addiction feel shame. Joining local bike clubs and organizations helps those in recovery to surround themselves with new active, supportive friends instead of old drinking buddies and drug dealers. Treatment centers can more easily monitor a patient's activity after leaving the center.
Bicycling is an activity that family members can use to rekindle bonds, build trust, and create shared experiences and lasting memories.