Letter From the Publisher

This month, we’re taking a closer look at addiction recovery and men’s health. The stats on recovery are concerning. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that more than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Doing the math, that’s 16 percent of the U.S. population. Equally concerning is that traditional recovery methods don’t seem to work for the majority. Statistics show that more than 60 percent of drug addicts returning to use within the first year.

New holistic approaches are now being implemented to increase the recovery success rate. No surprise, successful recovery is not just about treating the substance abuse, but diet and lifestyle also play huge roles. Many experts observe that addicts often fail to take care of their basic needs. Poor nutrition and lack of exercise are compounded by the effects of the addiction, which then has a spiral effect leading to worsening mood and emotional state, which then deepens the addictions and makes it harder to break the habits. Successful programs are now starting with changes to diet and nutrition including nutritional supplements to boost mood, along with exercise to provide a new focus and sense of worth. Group walks, hikes and cycle rides are part of these successful treatment programs. If you know somebody struggling (and most of us do), learn more in this month’s feature, Rethinking Recovery.

Another area we cover this month in “Yoga for the Bros” is the fact that more men are finally embracing yoga. Which is odd, when you think about it, because looking at it historically, men were originally the primary practitioners of yoga. As the owner of a yoga studio, I’m happy to report that we also see an increase in the numbers of male students of all ages (20s to 70s). The men I speak to after they start practicing are very amazed and appreciative of the changes they feel. They enjoy all aspects including the gain in physical strength and flexibility, the sense of community derived from classes with fellow students and the spiritual calm they discover after practicing just a couple of times per week. If you’re a dude of any age and thought yoga was only for the ladies, give it a fair shot for 30 days and then write me if you don’t feel better!

June also brings us the opportunity to honor our fathers. We wish all the fathers in the world a very special day and express gratitude for all that you have taught and provided. I am super excited that my father (with my mother, brother and sister) are all visiting me this month so that I will get to spend Father’s Day with them here.

I love you, Pop,




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