How One Gym Uses Exercise to Fight Addiction

Nonprofit the Phoenix has a radical idea for those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions—get moving

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It was late 2016, and Whitney Mielke was nearly two years sober. Despite this accomplishment, she still couldn’t dispel the internal voice that told her she wasn’t good enough. Being uncomfortable in her own skin was a familiar sensation. It’s part of what led her to develop an eating disorder and start regularly getting black-out drunk as a teenager. And it’s not like she felt she could share these problems with others. “It was always a big secret,” says Mielke, now 33.