How Two CrossFit Trainers Combat Addiction

Gavin Young and Melody Schofield got their way to long-term recovery unconventionally.

Most speakers who have spoken to us have primarily talked about rehab, recovery housing, medicated-assistance, or abstinence as their way to ‘get clean’.

In direct contrast, Young and Schofield found fitness.

Schofield has always been involved with high-intensity fitness. She talks about how she was both struggling with addiction while routinely going out for 13-mile runs.

“I was living a double-life,” she said.

It was only about three weeks into her addiction when she fell into Human Strength, an organization branching off of Phoenix Multi-Sport. Phoenix Multi-Sport is a gym that is free to anyone trying to maintain long-term recovery. They have gyms all around the country.

Young was a little different. He admits that he was not athletic at all throughout his life until age 25.

“When I was young, all I was doing was drugs,” he commented.

After his last pitfall, he decided he wanted to change. He stumbled on how to find something to replace the time he once spent with drugs. He talks about his struggles dealing with his addictive personality when he tried to dive into overworking himself within his career, and then serial dating. None of that worked for him. It was CrossFit that was a good fit for him, and he has maintained his sobriety for over 9 years.

Although he has many successes and will suggest fitness to anyone, he warns that this is a supplement and not a treatment for addiction.

“This is not a replacement for AA,” he told the class.

AA refers to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Both Young and Schofield instruct classes every Saturday at 3 in South Philadelphia.


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Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen is a sophomore Journalism major with a Political Science minor at Temple University. She also does the Morning Updates for WHIP, Temple’s student radio station. She is the creator of WHIP’s The District where she and a co-host discuss Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state politics every Tuesday and Thursday night; 7-8 pm. She previously interned for Solomon Jones at 900amWURD for the “Wake Up With WURD” show where she learned about radio production and promotion through social media. She is a member of Temple’s Association of Black Journalists. She has volunteered with Update Now during her first year. She is the executive producer of TUTV’s Temple Talk, Temple’s only entertainment day show. Contact Taylor at

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