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02-Oct-2018

The Phoenix Opens First Boston Free Sober Active Community

The Phoenix Opens First Boston Free Sober Active Community Innovative gym model has inspired and assisted more than 26,000 people in recovery nationwide

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2018

BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- The Phoenix, an innovative and free sober active community, this weekend opened its flagship 11,000 sq. ft. Boston multi-purpose fitness facility at 54 Newmarket Square. The nonprofit organization, which has inspired more than 26,000 people across America, is redefining the recovery process through a unique model that helps people recover from substance use disorders and heal from related adverse experiences by leveraging the transformative power of social connection and physical activity.

First launched in Colorado in 2006 by Scott Strode, the program has offered hope to those in recovery with a philosophy of "Rise, Recover, Live" centered on the role of community in providing individuals pursuing a sober life with long-term support, strength and a new identity. By actively removing all stigmas and barriers to participate – including financial – The Phoenix provides critical emotional and physical support, with the goal of helping as many people as possible find a clear path to recovery.

Memberships are free for those seeking recovery, and include daily classes ranging from CrossFit and climbing, to hiking, running, cycling, and yoga. The only requirement to attend is achieving at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety. Every discipline offered is scalable to accommodate beginner to expert levels, and each workout helps individuals become less defined by their substance use disorder and identify more as runners, yogis, climbers, boxers, and contributing members of society.

"There is a lot of conversation about how hard Boston and New England have been hit by the opioid crisis, so we selected it for a new flagship location to change that narrative and start making it one of the best places to be in recovery," said Strode, the Founder and National Executive Director of The Phoenix. "The city has played a significant role in my recovery path since I found sobriety here 21 years ago, and now my goal is to bring hope to those who need it most. Together with our dedicated staff, we are excited to share The Phoenix message and build a positive new community."

The Phoenix comes to Boston at a critical time in the fight against addiction and much needed options for recovery. In Massachusetts alone, there were 657 confirmed opioid‐related overdose deaths in the first half of 2018, which is only a small part of the destructive impact. While this is a daunting statistic, the message at The Phoenix is one of hope and perseverance. The Phoenix assesses its impact and outcomes by administering a three and a six-month evaluation survey to members. Results show that more than 80% of members make significant improvements after just three months of participation and that after six months, 86% of active members remain sober. Two-thirds of those who relapse report that The Phoenix helped them return to sobriety. The Phoenix intends to expand throughout New England, with Lowell being the next location opening in October.

The Phoenix encourages those looking for assistance or simply wanting to learn more to visit the website www.thephoenix.org or follow www.facebook.com/ThePhoenixMassachusetts for local programming. To donate to The Phoenix, which is funded by donations and grants, visit www.thephoenix.org/donation-support.

About The Phoenix
The Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that fosters a free sober active community for individuals recovering from a substance use disorder and those who choose to live a sober life. Since launching programs in Colorado in 2006, more than 26,000 people have walked through their doors nationally. By leveraging the intrinsic power of physical activity and social connection, participants build confidence and find the support they need to live productive and fulfilling lives in recovery. The Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety and instructors are in recovery themselves. With this peer-to-peer model and a culture that is welcoming, safe and supportive, The Phoenix helps individuals rise from the ashes of addiction and pursue lives full of hope. They recently launched a flagship site in Boston with a new 11,000 square foot building at 54 Newmarket Square; for local Massachusetts programming follow them on Facebook . Visit www.thephoenix.org for more information.

For more information, contact Dinah Saglio, Elevate Communications: dsaglio@elevatecom.com 
(401) 742-9180

 

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Last Updated: 02-Oct-2018