WAR Highlight–Adam

My School of Addiction
by AdamMy name is Adam, I am 27 years old and I am the second of five children. I have a beautiful wife and an amazingly smart 4 year old son. Growing up, I was blessed to be a part of a very loving and caring family. We all looked out for one another and I have very fond memories of how life used to be before my addiction took over. In April 2002, I had my first run in with opiates after having my wisdom teeth pulled. Little did I know that this one encounter with pain medication would steal everything from me that I had worked so hard for. While using these drugs, I thought that I was more productive and less socially awkward. I felt as if I had all the confidence in the world and that I could accomplish anything. I used drugs to make bad days good; and good days even better. To be honest, I really didn’t need much of an excuse to use. I would use drugs to make myself numb to anything difficult that I that I was going through at the time. In December 2011, I lost my Grandfather to a long battle with cancer. He was someone that I looked to for strength and guidance. He was the man that everyone loved and whom I strived to be like. After his death, I took it really hard and used it as an excuse to sink deeper and deeper into my addiction.  During that time my wife and I found out that we were expecting another child. This too would prove to be a very trying time for me. We found out that he was not going to make it very long after birth. He had a terminal illness that could not be corrected. My wife and I had to make some very difficult choices in regards to the care that he would receive. I continued to use during this very difficult time and thought this would rid myself of any feelings I was having. This only prolonged those inevitable feelings that would soon come rushing back when the numbness had faded away. Four days after he was born he slipped from this earth and returned to live with our Heavenly Father. All of those feelings that I had pushed to the side came flooding in and I felt like I was once again drowning. I wasn’t emotionally equipped to deal with such overwhelming feelings and therefore reverted to the only way I knew how. Drugs. For the next 18 months I would be in and out of the hospital due to my addiction. During this time I lost my job, house, retirement, and most of all my family. My addiction had made me push those I loved to the side, and they quickly realized that my addiction was more important than they were. My addiction made me feel hopeless and that I was of no worth to anyone. My distorted and irrational thinking made me feel like I could never change. This was who I was and I might as well get comfortable with the monster that I have created. I hated myself so therefore I hated everyone around me. I couldn’t look myself in the mirror anymore because I no longer saw myself looking back. Where did Adam go? What was I doing to myself? How could I have caused so much damage and had so little remorse for the things I had done? Why couldn’t I just stop using and be like everyone hoped I could be? These were all to much for me to bear. I did not want to continue with life because I could never see a light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t think that I was worthy of ever being happy again.

After my last run with opiates I ended up in the ICU. My kidneys, liver, and heart were all shutting down and the medical staff all told me I was lucky to alive. I had suffered major nerve damage in my right hand and leg. I was told that the feeling may never return and that it could possibly get worse. While laying in the hospital I had come to the harsh realization that if I don’t quit, I will die. Even though I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love at the time, I prayed for strength and wisdom to know how to handle my addiction that had completely consumed every part of me. I told him that this was bigger than me and its too much for me to carry right now. I felt the weight lifted almost instantaneously and for once in my life I could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I could feel his love and I could hear my family all cheering me on. A good friend once told me “God has all these wonderful blessings that he wants to give us, but it’s all contingent on us asking for it”

Once I had got out of the hospital, I decided that If I don’t change nothing will change. I continued to pray for help and I feel that my prayers were answered through someone else’s prayers. My oldest sister had been praying for me constantly and looking for a way to help me. While she was at the gym, another lady could see that she was visibly upset and started inquiring about her feelings. She began to tell her about me and told her of the struggle that I had with my addiction. This is when she found out about WAR. The next day my sister and her husband took me to meet Dustin. I learned what WAR was all about and how they had helped addicts like me find a new way of life through exercise, hard work, and discipline. I was skeptical about this concept at first but I feel that it was an answer to my prayers. At this moment in my life I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I started this program the very next day and as I began to meet other addicts, I could see the light in their eyes that they had found through WAR. I have tried traditional rehab programs and I think that they are great for helping you find out why you do the destructive things that you do, but WAR is phenomenal at helping you realize what you are capable of. As an addict, I don’t have an off switch and until I started WAR I didn’t know how to channel that energy into something positive.

Through this new approach to addiction and the lifestyle that it has helped me to create for myself, I have found that my overall well-being has tremendously improved. I have learned that food can be the most powerful form of medicine that I put in my body, or the slowest form of poison. Eating right not only helps me perform better in the gym, but it helps me perform better at life. When you are eating right, you think more clearly, sleep more soundly, and have more energy throughout the day. Those are things that I used to think drugs helped me with. I have also found that I have more patience with everyday life. I have more energy to play with my son and spend time with my wife. I am sore at the end of the day because I worked hard, not sore because I laid around all day. I have more motivation and drive than I ever had while using drugs and my confidence has gone through the roof. I am no longer ashamed of who I was, but proud of the person I am becoming. I don’t beat myself up for being an addict, but rather embrace the fact that I am. I am more in touch with my spiritual side that I ever have been and I look forward to being able to share this new lifestyle that I have learned with those addicts who still wallow in despair.

When I first started the WAR program 8 weeks ago, I was in dire straights. I felt like I was breathing through a straw during most of the exercises. I could barely do 15 push-ups without having to rest, I couldn’t do more than two pull ups, and because of nerve damage in my hand I couldn’t even catch a wall ball. I didn’t know how to do a Low Bar Squat and my posture was horrible. I had a very hard time holding onto a lot of the weights, but through the motivation of the Life Coaches that I work with, I have found the strength to push past my physical limitations and persevere. Since I started 8 weeks ago, my Low Bar and Front Squat has gone from 85 pounds to 175 pounds and seems to increase by twenty pounds every week. My Bench Press has gone from 105 pounds to 170 pounds and that seems to increase by at least ten pounds every week. This is the part that is addicting for me, seeing the progress that you make everyday and the new found high that I feel after a hard workout. Not only do I feel that way after working out, but I get that same sort of high when people compliment me on how healthy I look. These are not instant results but they can be lasting if you work towards them. This is something that drugs have never been able to do for me.

If you are someone like me that struggles with addiction and you have tried traditional rehab facilities, I challenge you to take the approach that I have. I wish I would have found this sooner in my addiction because it has provided me with a new way to live and appreciate life. When you have to work hard for something you appreciate it more than those things that are instantaneous, like drugs or alcohol. WAR will teach you how to live sober and be happy while doing it. It will challenge your body, mind, and spirit to do things that you never dreamed were possible. If I could give suffering addicts a small glimpse of what I feel right now, I know that they would turn their addictions over to this new way of life. Don’t get lost in your addiction, come find yourself in WAR.

Very Respectfully,

Adam Boren

8 replies
  1. Dan Palmer says:

    It’s incredibly inspiring what you’re doing Adam. I can’t believe how much you have grown and changed in the last 8 weeks! Keep going hard man.

  2. Ben Sims says:

    That’s an amazing story Adam!!! I honestly shed tears reading it. We are glad to have you at WAR and are very proud of your progress. Not only are you helping yourself, but your story can help inspire others to be better. Thanks for sharing it !!!

  3. mikey_lo says:

    Exactly what Ben just said. Your story is inspiring & has so much potential to impact the lives of others who are struggling as well. People at Big O must have thought I was super sad because I had a couple tears rolling down my cheek while reading this ha.. You’re a badass Adam, keep progressing & sharing your story. Reach out & I know you’ll impact a lot of lives with your experience.

  4. Simone Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, Adam. Fundamental life alrerations take both strength and courage, and in the past eight weeks you have displayed both, in abundance.

    • Adam Boren says:

      Thank you to everyone who posted comments or spoke with me personally! I am blessed to be surrounded by people that have shown me what it means to live a meaningful life. You all inspire me to be a better person. I will forever be grateful for your example and wisdom that you share with me on a daily basis!

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