Today’s guest is Tom Shanahan. Over 8 years ago Tom’s substance abuse and the stresses of being a trial attorney landed him in treatment where he was introduced to the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. He immediately recognized the importance of health and fitness in his own sobriety journey, which lead Tom to write the book, “Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Nourish and Strengthen Your Recovery.”
Over 8 years ago Tom’s substance abuse and the stresses of being a trial attorney landed him in treatment where he was introduced to the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. He Immediately recognized the importance of health and fitness in his own sobriety journey, which lead Tom to write the book, “Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Nourish and Strengthen Your Recovery.”
The book is filled with research and points out many lesser known links between 12 Step programs and physical health, including the fact that Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA had at one point started putting together a list of foods and supplements that should be used by alcoholics if they wanted to stay sober.
When Tom speaks to the importance of making fitness and nutrition a working part of the recovery process he says, “The lifestyle changes need to be made, we’re recovering from a lot more than just the substance. The substance was trying to cover up the poor lifestyle choices.”
Spiritual Adrenaline is a process which integrates the 12 Steps with “outside issues” like healthy lifestyle choices. Related studies have been clear that these same kinds of lifestyle changes can be a huge benefit to those struggling with substance abuse and can contribute to long-term sobriety.
Tom also founded Spiritual Adrenaline Adventures which organizes 12 Step based vacations for those looking for more excitement in sobriety. The next destination will be the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in April of 2020.
You can connect with Tom on Facebook or find him on Instagram @spiritual_adr.
The Spiritual Adrenaline book can be found on Amazon or in your local Barnes & Noble.
For more information on Spiritual Adrenaline or to learn more about Spiritual Adrenaline Adventures you can visit SpiritualAdrenaline.com
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