At JourneyPure we believe recovery is holistic and that all aspects of one’s life will improve once the recovery process begins. We also believe that, as a company, we must model this behavior.
Recently, JourneyPure Chief Marketing Officer Jamie Vance was featured on the cover of the Nashville Scene at Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where he trains with his son, Xander. We asked Jamie about his practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and how including healthy physical outlets in his own recovery process has aided in his sobriety. Here’s what he had to say:
When I began my recovery journey 15 years ago, all I wanted was to stop the pain and shame of what had become my life. Little did I know that what had become a small world of myself, my liquor, and my drugs would expand into a life I had never dreamed possible. I was 24 when I got sober, and, at that time, my brother Adam, owner of Gym 5 got me into fitness. We worked out every day. In conjunction with daily 12-Step meetings and sponsorship, this was a vital part of my early recovery.
Since then, I’ve run marathons and triathlons, taken boxing lessons, whitewater kayaked in Class IV rapids, hiked, you name it. What I realized is there was a person living behind the addiction that really longed for everything life had to offer. I believe that is what my higher power intends for me to have: a life fully lived, trying many things, and expressing gratitude and kindness along the way.
I started training at Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because I wanted to share that adventurous, open spirit with my son. After my wife found Artista, my friend Doug Penny, from Southern California Recovery Centers, researched schools and said that Artista had a great program. Upon training, I realized several correlations with my own personal recovery. Humility and open-mindedness were key, and ego had no place on the mats. It has now been about 8 months and, like my early recovery process, my world continues to expand. I hope to continue this journey alongside that of my personal recovery.