Every year in the fall and spring many half and full marathon races take place in my city, forcing major roads to close down to one lane. Orange cones line the streets, while police officers man corners to prevent cars from potentially driving into runners. Tents with speakers and music blaring surround several mile markers with the intention of keeping the runners momentum going towards that coveted finish line.
Before we go any further, let me express my love and adoration to my friends and all of those recovering out there who have returned from the depths of hell to become law-abiding and contributing members of society and most of all cross finish lines they never thought possible in their darkest days of addiction. I am proud of the accomplishments you have made to better your lives and your health.
Having said that, I believe the current message in the recovery world of trading “bad” addictions for “good” ones, may not be supporting us in our quest to find long-lasting, optimal health in long-term recovery. Hopefully, I will offer some insight to those who have found solace after they put down the bottle or substances and traded the demons for that sought after, endorphin release affectionately known as the “Runner’s High”.