Our Story

Active For Recovery was founded by AJ Tatum in April 2014. The original goal of Active For Recovery was to share AJ’s experiences of drug and food addictions, mental illnesses, and the journey to breakthrough those obstacles and learn how to thrive. However, something larger needed to be done, so AJ did an experiment. He believed that more should be done to raise awareness of addiction and show that recovery is possible and wanted to help eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery. So, he started an event called Biking Thru Addiction which took place on September 19, 2015 to see if he could gather enough support from the community. The event was deemed a success with 60 registered riders and we continue to grow each year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness of addiction recovery, mental illnesses, and end the stigma surrounding them by hosting active events and supporting those that need help.

We work closely with treatment programs and our board awards grants to those in need during their road to recovery.

Mental Health, Addiction, and Exercise Stats

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • In 2013, among adults aged 18 or older, 43.8 million (18.5 percent of adults) had any mental illness in the past year
  • Among people aged 12 or older, 21.6 million people (8.2 percent of this population) were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year
  • By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide
  • The first behavioral health symptoms typically precede a mental and/or substance use disorder by two to four years, offering a window of opportunity to intervene early and often
  • According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning
  • In studies of clinical populations, completion of addiction treatment, and participation in peer recovery groups are more predictive of long-term recovery than either activity alone
  • By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery, and promote a sense of belonging within the community

Read the full study and more information here.

Additionally, there are numerous studies showing that exercise can help individuals through treatment and recovery.