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A Steady Flow of Blood...

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A Steady Flow of Blood...

Hi Substance For You fans – the fitness guy is back; One Rep Marv! This week I was asked by the big bossman to write about my own experience about using blood flow and strategic exercise to possibly reduce some chronic pain. No studies, no scientific facts, this is just my opinion. Brian, the owner here at Substance For You, definitely threw me a curve ball with that last part of the request, but I’m stepping up to the plate regardless and taking a swing at it. A little about myself is that I'm only 31 years old, yet, I've...

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How Exercise & Weight Training Reduce Cravings and Triggers!

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How Exercise & Weight Training Reduce Cravings and Triggers!

I don’t know about you, but drugs and alcohol were not my #1 problem. But, they were my #1 solution to everything. Good, bad, or indifferent, it was always a good time to get loaded. When that #1 solution was thankfully no longer an option, I was in desperate need of new solutions.That’s what recovery is to me; a new set of solutions to facing life on life’s terms that don’t involve sacrificing my dignity or selling my soul to get loaded. The problem is the act of using drugs makes profound changes in our brains which have been reinforced...

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I Only Exercised Loaded!

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I Only Exercised Loaded!

I only exercised while loaded during the first 7 years of my love affair with the gym.Well, obsession with the gym is more accurate; but yes, I only worked out with heavy weights drunk, high, or both. Now, that sounds pretty crazy in hindsight, even to me, but at the time I didn’t think twice about it. A huge part of my disease came in the form of body shaming (which ultimately led to body dysmorphia), feelings of inadequacy, and feeling weak or downright pathetic. As a kid, I was picked on a lot as I tried to hang with...

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Trevor's Story: What Works for Him, May Work for You!

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Trevor's Story: What Works for Him, May Work for You!

To be honest I don’t think you can cure yourself of depression, any other sort of mental illness, or addiction, without help from others or drugs or both. I didn’t. And in fact I don’t think you can be cured of depression. At the moment (who knows in the future?) these things are a life sentence without a cure; the best we can do is keep it in abeyance for as long as we can, and if we’re very fortunate, that might be for the rest of our lives. But we require eternal vigilance. But there are many things we can...

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The truth is, I’m not angry. I’m scared of myself!

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The truth is, I’m not angry. I’m scared of myself!

I walked into the house and I was angry, I was completely and utterly infuriated! I couldn’t hold back my temper; not at all. I started screaming and yelling at anyone that was there to hear it and I don’t know why? I felt like I was having a blackout moment but I was completely clean and sober. Here we go again, another huge reservation of mine. I’ve always had issues with anger in my life, especially in my addiction. But somehow I just couldn’t shake it when I got clean. I just couldn’t do it. Or was I unwilling...

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