In 2015 I found myself in the stranglehold of my heroin addiction, waking up everyday sick, wondering to myself “who can I rob today?” That was my life for seven years. All the hopes and dreams I had growing up had vanished and what I was left with was the reality my addiction had dealt me, the reality I had dealt myself. My reality was one of a criminal, someone who would stop at nothing to support his addiction. I did not really care who I hurt or what I had to do, I just looked at you as someone standing in the way of me getting my drugs. It got to a point where I truly did not care whether I lived or if I died, it didn’t matter anymore.
From 2011 to now I have lost approximately 30 friends to addiction and suicide. You never think it is going to happen to you, until it does. The best way I could describe it is I could taste death in my mouth, very strange but true. I knew if I did not get help that I would be just another statistic, another person who put their family and friends through unbearable pain just because I did not want to face my fears. I knew I had to take massive action immediately. Once I got help I was able to face my past, my old beliefs about the way I saw life, the world, and my higher power. After a lot of hard work I was able to conquer that side of the problem. I credit my family and God.
Once I left treatment there was still the obvious question: what now Sam? Where do I go? What do I do? Can I even make it? I went out and did the same routine I had learned in treatment and it was great, don’t get me wrong, but something was missing. That something was physical health and fitness. I had fallen in love with fitness in 8th grade training for football, and of course in my addiction I had let everything go.
Rediscovering my love for fitness and overall health led me back into the gym. It was a new challenge and I was up for it. I started Saving Lives Fitness because I know fitness is a big part of a lot of people’s lives, not just ones who have recovered from addictions. And through our supplement brand we can now better serve those who feel the same. Whether you go to the gym six days a week, walk, yoga or play sports, our supplements are here to help you be at your best for your family, job, and most importantly yourself.
The best part is, 10% of our revenue goes directly to fund addiction recovery.
Helping others in recovery is one of my primary purposes in life, and I thank you for being a part of it.
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