There are no easy answers to solving substance abuse it has become a growing problem here in the United States. Gavin Young and Melody Schofield are CrossFit coaches from Fearless Athletics that teach the Human Strength program. These two both us CrossFit training to help them stay in active recovery. About 40 to 60 percent of people that are being treated for substance abuse will relapse within a year of treatment.


In Philadelphia, CrossFit programs are receiving a lot of attention as a new approach to addiction treatment. Non-profit organizations like Phoenix Multisport are forming nation wide initiatives called Human Strength to build recovery community programs through exercise-based treatments for substance use distorters. Phoenix Multisport uses exercise as tool to “foster a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from a substance use disorder and those who choose to live sober.”

“I discovered CrossFit literally a month out of treatment,” said Schofield. “I was always super passionate about fitness in general.”

Schofield talked about how much CrossFit helped her get through her rough patches. She also talk about the community aspect of CrossFit and how people in recovery are seeking that sense of community and with CrossFit it’s already built in. So she felt it was a great opportunity to help other people in recovery.

The whole idea of this concept I think is genius because I’m an athlete and I know what exercise can do for the mind, body and spirit. It really is a gratifying experience to go through a tough work out like CrossFit. It gives you this for lack of a better term “runners high” makes you feel great.