A fantastic throwback!
Originally Recorded on 9-16-2022

On this special episode, Prison Yoga Project’s Executive Director Bill Brown hosts Chris Spallina, the Program Manager and Meditation instructor for The Phoenix in New Jersey. Chris is a person in sustained recovery since May 24, 2018. Chris found The Phoenix while in treatment and transitioned from a member/volunteer to a full-time team member.

The Phoenix, a unique recovery community that helps those affected by substance use disorder learn the skills and disciplines to stay sober via activities and athletic training, is nationwide!

Shared from The Phoenix’s White Paper:

It is estimated that more than 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes in the U.S. each year and over 67,000 die from drug overdose (Esser, et. al, 2020; Hedegaard, Miniño & Warner, 2020). Fueled by the opioid epidemic, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the country (CDC, 2018). Professional treatment helps many individuals abstain from or manage their substance use, particularly those with greater substance use severity (​Kelly, Bergman, Hoeppner, Vilsaint & White, 2018).​ However, the demand for substance use treatment is drastically outpacing the availability, as only 12.2% of the estimated 21.6 million individuals in need of substance use treatment are able to successfully access care (SAMHSA, 2019). Still, recovery without treatment is a common occurrence. In fact, only about one in four of those who have achieved stable recovery used treatment to do so (Kelly, Bergman, Hoeppner, Vilsaint & White, 2018; Sobell, Cunningham & Sobell, 1996). While more than half (58%) of those who have struggled with the use of substances will eventually enter sustained recovery (Kessler, 1994), the means by which they achieve sustained recovery varies greatly. Read More Here

SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357