My friends in the Boston Bulldogs Running Club have been with me over the past several years as I've celebrated great milestones, and survived some significant challenges. The Bulldogs provide a model of activity-based community support which is different from anything else I've experienced in recovery, and enriches my life in many ways. Ever since I started running with the Bulldogs in 2016, I have admired our teammates who ran Boston - I can hardly believe my good fortune to be on the marathon team this year myself. I'm proud, honored and excited to wear a Bulldogs singlet, and look forward to showing it off as I turn right on Hereford, then left on Boylston in the 2020 Boston Marathon!
I'm also incredibly fortunate in other ways: I've been in continuous recovery from substance use disorder since 1989. Addiction is a serious chronic illness, and not everybody survives, let alone thrives. The Journal of the American Medical Association notes that relapse rates for substance use disorders are 40-60%, comparable to hypertension (50-70%) and asthma (50-70%). And anecdotally, most of us in recovery know people who have tried many different ways to stay healthy, and nonetheless have relapsed. It is heartbreaking to watch people try to recover, and yet relapse. A chronic illness requires ongoing care. And in my opinion, we need to keep developing new and better models for addressing substance use disorder.
Our program in the Boston Bulldogs provides something special - a wellness model based on spiritual concepts of self-leadership, transparency, and giving back, which supports our physical, mental, and ethical development. Many of us get help in other ways as well; the Bulldogs model is quite compatible with virtually any other approach!
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