Sweating together for a cause
What: A morning of spin classes called Recovery Rides that cost anywhere from $10-$25 to ride in.
That money is donated to our fundraiser to raise money and awareness on addiction awareness,
and solutions. Be part of the solution and ride with us!
Where the Money Goes: The donation money is going to a non-profit organization called Shatterproof.
Shatterproof is a national organization that treats addiction like the chronic disease that it is, offering evidence-based and tangible resources for prevention, treatment and recovery.
When: Saturday, January 26th
Four 45-minute rides to choose from, click the links to sign up
Where: At Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness // 89 Bethlehem Pike Philadelphia PA 19118
Why: Because we believe in compassion and connecting with each other, we also believe that addiction is treatable and preventable and we dream of the day when this epidemic is no more. It’s only up from here.
Addiction is a monster. All of us can agree on that. It has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in our country in the last few years. It has shattered families, relationships and even our society. Addiction is now a public health crisis that “kills more people per year than car crashes, gun violence, and even breast cancer” (CDC). In fact, overdoses are now the number one cause of accidental death in our country. The rising cost of addiction in our country exceeds $700 billion annually in health care costs, criminal justice costs, and costs associated with lost productivity (CDC).
We aren’t just talking about opioid addiction when we say that it’s a tragic disease that seriously wreaks havoc on all who are personally fighting, and all others who are affected. Humans are fallible. We all have our own personal battles, whether or not we are abusing a substance. No one is intended to fight alone. No man is an island, and just like ripples in water, we can never know how far our actions extend. With the rise of social media and a heavily connected society, people often feel the need to congest timelines with their own personal highlight reels, and in turn, we don’t always talk about the internal battles we face. We don’t always make it known that we, or others close to us, could use some guidance in fighting something bigger than ourselves. Addiction has been and still is taboo in many households, religious communities, neighborhoods and social circles. There’s also the notion that “it could never happen to me”, which really plays into this stigma, and in turn, hurts us more as a society.
I personally have felt that it could never happen to me. We grew up in nice neighborhoods. We had a parent who made it incredibly easy for us to talk about any of our struggles. We were given cars and nice clothing, we played sports, and we were loved. Three-and-a-half years ago I lost my 21-year-old brother to an opioid overdose, and my life has never been and will never be the same. It was an insanely quick battle. It’s a story I have heard so many times repeated back to me from parents, siblings, and significant others of someone who has battled an opioid addiction (or worse, overdosed and did not make it). It goes like this, “They were on the same trajectory as every other teenager or young adult their age. Dreams, goals, dating, school. Someone introduced them to prescription drugs socially, or they were prescribed them from an injury. There were signs that it was an addiction. We tried everything…”. This story is far too common. As someone who has listened to so many stories and who has personally seen the havoc addiction can wreak on the lives of others, I am very passionate about combating the addiction crisis as a whole.
It took me three-and-a-half years to have a recovery event at CHCF. I have wanted to do this since the day I lost Daniel. I am so excited to ride in the name of something so important. Cycle Fitness brings people together and encourages connection, feeling good, sweating together and supporting one another. I cannot think of a better way to raise money and awareness to help make this disease preventable and treatable. Thank you for reading! I hope you can make it. If you can’t, read below for other ways to help.
Helping Every Day
Talk about it. If you or someone you know has or is going through an addiction battle, find a space to talk about it with other people who can help. If your comfortable, use your voice and help end the stigma.
Connect with people. No one is impervious. Ask how your loved ones are feeling. Do what you can to be present for the people who matter to you. “A candle doesn’t lose it’s light from lighting another candle”. You have nothing to lose!
Be proactive about your own, and your loved one’s mental health. Often times, addiction begins with untreated or improperly treated mental health disorders.
Donate to the organizations who are doing something. Like this one!
Do your own research and always know that anything can happen to you or your loved ones.
Do something that makes you feel good, daily. Whether it’s exercise or working toward a cause, feeling good is important. Make sure the people you love have an outlet as well.