The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficult circumstances for those recovering from substance use illnesses. However, thanks to Bent 9 Hot Yoga, some people are using exercise and wellness to cope with our newfound quarantine “way of life.”
Meet Hayden, a very special member of our family at the Next Door Shelter who, after 10 years of substance use illness, recently celebrated 100 days of sobriety after turning to yoga, fitness and healthy eating for comfort.
“I was homeless, I was broke, I was destroyed,” Smith said. “I lived on the streets for ten years, I was in and out of jail, on probation, and in the peek of my addiction. … When I was at rock bottom I found yoga and got completely addicted to it. Drugs and alcohol were the solutions to all my problems in life and now I use yoga and fitness as that purpose.”
“You have nothing to lose if you are already in active addiction,” Hanson said. “Come give it a try. Learn from me, someone who is in recovery and found that hope through yoga.”
Hayden, we love you and we are so proud of all that you have accomplished! We are thankful that your life’s journey brought you to us and made you apart of the Open Doors family. We will continue to support you moving forward!
To read the full article and watch Hayden’s interview with News Channel 3, click here: November 25, 2020 3WWMT Story