For people recovering from addiction, the holidays can be difficult. Some organizations offer safe alternatives for people who choose a sober lifestyle.
Iron Mongers Gym in San Marcos is having a low-key New Years Eve party open to the public.
Gym trainer Mike Delgado said he wanted to provide an alternative to meeting recovery assistance programs, which can last for hours into the night.
“They have marathon meetings and it’s cool if you’re at that level, but when you first start it, just sit in a room for 24 hours listening to people tell you what you can and can’t. doing for the rest of your life can be overwhelming, “Delgado said.” So I just want to deliver something more fun. “
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He is well aware of how difficult the holidays can be for someone recovering because they have had drug problems in the past. Delgado started using drugs at age 10, became addicted at age 13, and sought treatment at age 27.
“Any kind of celebration would be difficult, but especially during the holidays because I’m so used to doing everything under the influence,” he said. “I didn’t know how to do anything sober and the only thing that was offered to me at the time was a meeting… well, I’ve dated enough.” “
Brandon O’Connell trains with Delgado and also leads a sober life.
“I think places like Iron Mongers Gym and other places that open their doors for sober people to get in, it kind of breaks that stigma, I don’t need to go to rehab… to organize my. sober holiday party. in, “he said.” I can come to this gym and meet like-minded people and everyone here might not be sober. But the environment is a sober environment.
Sober evenings, a safe alternative for people in rehab
Raven Martinez is also recovering and training at Iron Mongers Gym.
She said sober events take the pressure off of alcohol or drugs at parties.
“Being in a place like this, a safe space, you don’t have to back down,” she said. “You are already entering a situation where people are understanding and people are more open-minded.”
The gym will offer food, soft drinks, weight training, and karaoke on Fridays from 9 p.m. to midnight.
As health officials advise people not to gather in large groups due to COVID-19, Delgado said the 5,000-square-foot facility has enough space for people to spread out and that he will keep the doors open for air circulation.