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His Legacy Lives On!

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His Legacy Lives On!

I know the effects that drugs have on individuals and their loved ones firsthand. My oldest brother was an outgoing and smart student, with hopes and dreams for his future. Unfortunately, drugs stole those dreams from him when he began using marijuana at age fifteen. After six years of drug use, rehabilitation, and relapse, his drug use escalated. He fought hard against the pull of heroin in his last months, but on December 23, 2009, my brother was murdered in a drug-related shooting. His dependence on drugs not only ruined his own health, but harmed his family and friends. He...

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Changing the Stigma Around Incarceration for Drugs

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Changing the Stigma Around Incarceration for Drugs

Hello Friend, It is my full intension that my message of experience, strength, and hope reach an addict. So if you know of someone who is using or in recovery please share this message. If you are curious about addiction, please read. Experience. Today I can be totally honest and reflect back to the time I first got high. I was very young but I know now that it was my first high by choice. My Dad had a Honda 350 in the garage and I huffed gas. I was in third grade and from that point on I considered myself an...

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I'm Addicted to Steroids!

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I'm Addicted to Steroids!

Ah the walking oxymoron… Pt. 1. That was me for well over 10 years. I studied Kinesiology in college and even earned my B.S. in Exercise Science while learning how to repair and build the human body. I worked in a top tier physical therapy department; ranked in the top 5% of clinics in the entire nation. I worked out pretty much daily; primarily with intense weight-training but I also competed in triathlons for a period of time. I also watched what I ate and took supplements—more supplements than anyone would think humanly possible—but dammit I was “healthy” because of...

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Marv Recovers, One Rep at a Time!

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Marv Recovers, One Rep at a Time!

My name is Marv, but I go by "One Rep Marv" for the help I give to the recovery community in fitness and recreation.   My clean date is June 22, 2013! I am a 30-year-old male living in sunny Southern California. I identify as a recovering alcoholic-addict; although when left to my own devices I am a self-loathing narcissist, a procrastinating-perfectionist, a self-victimizer, a self-saboteur, a liar, a cheat, a thief, and quite frankly…a total and utter train-wreck. With such a lovely introduction don’t you wish you knew me personally?!? So, the question I get a lot these days is when...

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Never, EVER Stay the Same!

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Never, EVER Stay the Same!

It’s true, I don’t want to be the same as I was. That’s just not who I am today, and that may make some sense, right? If I was the same as I was before my addiction, I would just be a little boy who doesn’t know which way is up or which way is down. It’s true, many say that when you start addiction your life stops at that specific age and type of behavior you were acting, and then when you first get clean again you either stay in the same behavior that you were in when you...

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