Finding sobriety on a mountaintop | Scott Strode | TEDxMileHigh

June 26, 2020



On the road to recovery from his drug & alcohol addiction, Scott Strode found self-confidence and a new identity in sports. “Every time I stood on top of a mountain or crossed a finish line, I was a little more a climber, and a little less an addict,” Scott explains. Is it possible that creating a community of sober athletes might revolutionize recovery?

Scott Strode is a triathlete, mountaineer, and recovering alcoholic. He’s the Founder and National Executive Director of Phoenix Multisport, offering free programs such as climbing, boxing, CrossFit, yoga, and biking to individuals in recovery from substance use disorder and introducing them to a new supportive network of sober friends. Phoenix is based on Scott’s own discovery that a healthy, active lifestyle has a transformative effect on long-term sobriety. Scott has been recognized worldwide for his work with Phoenix.

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  • 15 years not sober.. well there is always tomorrow hey🤣

    Megan Matheson June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Where can i find this community

    Ricky m June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • this guy hit the nail on the head, these little traumas accumulate over time and you may go to despair and start feeling worse and worse so you grab a glass more and more
    I think we should concentrate on opposite of trauma and that's our blessings and things we can be proud of, currently what we have or which we were lucky to experience, like I have a good wife, healthy children, well paid job, I live in a great country, I have been on great soccer match with my friends, I got a kiss from beautiful girl on a party, I experienced birth of my child, I climbed a mountain, ….
    thinking and reminding this stuff is important to beat that trauma inside of each of us

    Michal Varchola June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Although I like some of the sentiments in the video, this isn't my experience. I have tried to get sober many times through exercise, meditation, outdoor activities, etc then after 6 months to a year the shine wears off I begin to feel restless, irritable and discontent and I've always went back to drinking and using. The only way I've found to STAY sober (over 4 years) and be happy with being sober is through a 12 step program. Maybe mountain climbing, crossfit could work for some and God bless 🙏, but just know that AA, NA and other 12 step programs are out there for those of you who suffer. There are so many Zoom meetings online, so now is a great time to get sober no matter where someone lives. I can send you some if you're interested.

    Bradley P June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • 🙌

    Oscar Enrique S G June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Sober guy here too, almost 4 years. Love this video!! Always down to help if anyone wants to check out my new youtube channel also <3 hang in there everyone!

    Samuel Gegen June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Just got out of rehab im exited to do the work

    cisco Avila June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • They way he said workaholic made me think of the norm Macdonald joke😂

    Devin Schwartz June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • God help me

    Eddie Hanley June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Wow great motivation thank you

    recovery first June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Thank you!

    Ash Lo June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • I'm a proud member of this tribe. I love making new people feel welcome. It was because this group that I feel worthy of being loved.

    Sober Chef Eric June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Awesome job Scott, glad to call you a friend

    Sober Chef Eric June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • TODAY MARKS 32 MONTHS SOBER BY THE GRACE OF GOD

    Keith WOLF Hoskin June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Praise God

    Keith WOLF Hoskin June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • 161 days today, thank you for thi video! I have. vid on my channel about my story if you’d like to show support. One day at a time, Have a great one!🐫

    Andrewskiee June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Wow!!! I came here expecting and looking for something different to what i heard. Some words here about being little and an emotional sponge really hit home and has calmed a bit of inner turmoil.

    Steve Grayvggh June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • LOVE this!

    Lela Brown June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • i'm not sober (maybe i should be?) but going to the gym in a kind of power lifting approach got me out of depression and made my drug use much more controlled. i think exercising in a serious way really attract many of the kick seeking addicts and could be a substitute for drugs.

    awdsfg oawodjkeyu June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Nobody ever dreams they’re going to grow up to be an addict

    Cern June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • does any body drink beer while watching these shows

    Cern June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Wowwwww… Amazing stuff, well done keep going 👌

    Big Un June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Good talk! nearing 2 months sober from alcohol here!

    Hannah Bleu Harrington June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • In Pennsylvania ?

    Linda Gens June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • I have a drinking problem and I am watching videos to help me. I want a healthier life. This video has been the most helpful I have seen. I like to exercise and I have always been good at sports. Maybe this is the answer for my problem. Thanks 😊

    Lulu D'Carton June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • why don't you give it a break, if you are traumatized you have no clue what the rest of us are going through, give me a break about your Dad.

    Linda Mlsna June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • so scripted and not real

    Linda Mlsna June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • I am 6 days sober. I love hearing stories of recovery. Almost everyone in my life doesn't understand, but they don't have to. I realize I am not doing it for myself. I am 30 and have next to nothing in my life, but someday I will have a wife and kids, and I am doing this now for them. Good luck to everyone else. You just have to be sober today.

    Mark June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Wow, great personal story. I’m just starting out on my sobriety journey – 11 days…

    a new horizon June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • We need this is So Cal!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Gurl_interrupted_999 June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Day 5 for me. And it's not easy.

    Joshua Edwards June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • What a sweet and intelligent guy

    Likisi Go June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Quite an inspiration!!

    Diane B June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • WOW Scott – just WOW…

    Michael Anthony June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Pretty powerful

    DD Travers June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • Am sober 4 months 🙏🏻 never been so happy ❤️ (if I can do it PROMISE YOU CAN ALSO DO IT) you gotta to what it you have to give it your 💯 all and I promise you you will come out on top!!!

    Salvatore Davi June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply
  • INSPIRATIONAL ❤️🌍 MY GOAL IS TO DO A TED TALK ABOUT MY ADDICTION & MENTAL HEALTH I HAVE 2 VLOGS ON MY CHANNEL!

    THE ELBADAOUI FAMILY June 26, 2020 10:06 am Reply

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