Helping those with addiction problems through exercise

Addict to Athlete is a free community support group available to anyone touched by addiction. They invite residents, who either are currently battling addiction problems or are in recovery, or have family or friends who are struggling, to join them.

On their website, they claim to have found a new way of life, by exercising and becoming physically fit. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Bear River Health Department coach and therapist Angie White explained how exercise helps someone battling addictions.

“One of the things about running or any part of physical activity is it’s something that is sometimes hard. And when we’re able to get past that hard part of it and do it, and be part of a team and look at ourselves as an athlete, as someone who’s trying to get better at something – it helps with self- esteem…we feel better as a whole. But it gives some a sense of success and also being a part of something,” she said.

White said the group of supporters, peers and friends, get together and try to erase the stigma of addiction and get out into the community and show that they are working to be healthy and give back to the community that they have, perhaps, taken from.

More information is available by calling (435) 792-6427 or at <a href=”http://www.addicttoathlete.org” target=”_blank”>www.addicttoathlete.org</a>

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