Phoenix Rising Program expands services for use disorder recovery

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Phoenix Rising Program expands services for use disorder recovery

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 5:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Phoenix, a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering supportive active communities for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder, announced today the expansion of their Phoenix Rising Program in Barre and Hyde Park, Vermont. As of March 13, Strength Training classes are held every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 pm at WellSpace at 23 Summer Street in Barre. CrossFit classes are set to start Saturday, April 13 and held weekly at 11:00am-12:00pm at Green Mountain CrossFit at 576 E Main St., Hyde Park, Vermont.

“If the opposite of addiction is connection rather than simply sobriety, then this is another empowering venue for people to connect with other people, especially others in recovery who will support and encourage them in their journey to better health, in their recovery processes, and in their lives. And it encourages people to connect with themselves and their strength and courage and healing power,” offered Daniel Franklin, Executive Director, North Central Vermont Recovery Center and partner in The Phoenix’s expansion to Hyde Park.

Phoenix Athlete Chelsea LaCroix does a back squat with support from volunteer Tawnya Kristen of Green Mountain United Way while fellow athlete Melissa Story cheers her on in the background. Credit: Shannon Brennan

“We have built a community of people in recovery across the country that are committed to helping individuals overcome substance use disorders by providing a nurturing atmosphere and support through the intrinsic power of physical activities,” said Scott Strode, Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix. “By bringing The Phoenix to Vermont, we are providing an effective program to help build a safe, welcoming, nurturing and healing environment that is full of hope for people who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose to live sober.” 

The Phoenix arrived in Vermont in December of 2018 thanks to the collaboration of community partners Green Mountain United Way, Green Mountain CrossFit and Shannon Brennan, who each recognize the potential impact this program can have on Vermonters in recovery. This expansion is a result of the overwhelmingly positive response to classes held each Saturday at noon at Green Mountain CrossFit – Central in Berlin, Vermont. Each week more than 25 Phoenix athletes fill the gym to find fitness and community.

“I leave each week feeling stronger and more grateful for my recovery! The crew is my family, and we help each other dig deep and reach the parts of ourselves that hold our inner strength. This strength carries me through the workout and overflows into the week, making me more confident and grounded in who I am,” offered a Phoenix athlete after a recent Saturday Phoenix CrossFit event in Berlin.

Founded in 2006, The Phoenix has served over 26,000 people in recovery across the country and currently operates in 18 locations across 13 states. Activities offered by The Phoenix across the country include climbing, hiking, running, CrossFit, yoga, surfing, and cycling. The Phoenix provides these programs free of charge to anyone that is at least 48 hours sober and that agrees to the organization’s code of conduct that ensures all members have a safe and supportive environment.

For more information go to The Phoenix – Vermont facebook page. The only requirement for attending your first Phoenix event is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. First-time attendees are asked to fill out an Enrollment Form, and are then able to attend any event through The Phoenix - Vermont.

About The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a national nonprofit organization that fosters a sober active community for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder that choose to live sober. The Phoenix offers activities to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety and has served over 26,000 people across the country in the last 12 years. For more information, please visit

Source: March 25, 2019 (Barre & Hyde Park, VT) – The Phoenix