The Phoenix fosters a safe and supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from addiction and those who choose to live a sober lifestyle.
Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, CrossFit, biking, sober socials and other activities, we help our members develop and maintain the physical and emotional strength they need to stay sober. The Phoenix's sober active community model is unique in that it answers the question of 'What's next?' for those leaving treatment or pursuing a sober lifestyle. Here, individuals can find connection, long term support, strength and a new identity in recovery. Since the founding of our DFW Chapter in 2019, we have served over 10,000 individuals with free recovery activities and over 2,000 events in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Kaufman, Wise and Denton Counties. All on demand, virtual and in person events can be found on our app! thephoenix.org/app
Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex chronic health disorder affecting over 23 million Americans. Over 700,000 Americans died of a substance-related overdose between 1999 and 2017. In the state of Texas, 1 in 10 individuals will suffer from SUD within their lifetime, about 1 in 2000 will suffer a fatal overdose. According to the Opioid & Health Indicators Database, nearly 94% of those suffering from SUD in Texas are not receiving treatment.
The shame and stigma associated with SUD recovery keep many individuals in isolation, which often perpetuates their substance use. This isolation was magnified with the COVID-19 Crisis, limiting access to in-person supports leading to peer disengagement, isolation, and a more sedentary lifestyle. Continued social disconnection and sedentary living will erode recovery efforts while avoiding in-person treatment will place an increased barrier on an already underutilized system of care. Furthermore, the financial hardships due to the loss of employment have made accessing help an additional barrier to availability of health and recovery supports.
The free and readily accessible sober activities provided by The Phoenix fill the acute need of peer to peer supports and promote healthy living practices to encourage those in recovery to not only survive, but thrive. Support from donors like you provides the funding needing to keep programming free for the communities we serve.