By Mark Astor 2 years agoNo Comments

Every now and then our team of lawyers at come across professionals in the business of fighting addiction that we think are worthy of special recognition; Game changers in our Industry, Life changers to many. So as part of our recurring editorial “Life changing – Life Changers”, please let us introduce Michael Gonzalez.

Michael is in the business of saving lives, working primarily on the frontline with the entertainment industry and high profile clients, living with them and helping them get back on track.  “The easiest way to describe it”, said Michael, “If I am there it’s because they are out of control and out of options…because I don’t work with easy cases”.

At Michael’s Company Recovery First Interventions, they offer real solutions to help treat loved ones deadly dependence upon alcohol and drugs. They act as a trusted partner, offering a customized and comprehensive plan of action to help addicts find their way out of the darkness of addiction, and into the light of recovery.  These custom plans often times are built on a foundation of regimented exercise, because most addicts have deep-seated emotional issues they must address, and exercise helps many addicts through those early dark days, providing a healthy substitute for compulsive behavior.

Exercise on its own is not a cure for addiction but growing evidence suggests it plays an important role in helping addicts recover and avoid relapse. Many treatment centers use exercise as part of their treatment, and there’s science to back up their approach. Scientists have found that intense exercise causes a release of endorphins and endocannabinoids (eCBs), a marijuana-like substance that enhances the natural high. ECBs do not increase following low-intensity exercise such as walking.

Studies have found that exercise produces an effect that helps the brain recover from a substance-abuse disorder. Just as drug abuse often leads to a cascade of destructive, negative behavior, regular exercise has a positive ripple effect. Once they start exercising, recovering addicts feel better and look better, which encourages them to improve their nutrition, quit smoking and get adequate sleep. The role of exercise in recovery is a complicated mix of behavior and neurobiology, but scientists have found evidence that exercise affects the brain in many of the same ways as stimulants, opioids and alcohol.

To see why Michael and numerous other Therapists and Medical Professionals think consistent exercise is a critical part of recovery, check out this article in The Crossfit Journal called “Sweat and Sobriety”.

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