San Diego, CA
My name is Troy Hoggard. I became involved with YPR around October 2020 and have enjoyed the events put on by the leadership. The yoga event is what first caught my attention. When I first left rehabilitation, I was looking for fun environments and new friends who have a similar past with the drive to change. Overall, it was a need to grow socially and spiritually. I Wasn’t aware of YPR’s existence, I was turned to it by some marketing flyers. YPR has enhanced my long term recovery by including physical activities like surfing, biking, and yoga, all of which are with other men and women in recovery who I am proud to call my friends.
My mental wellness has been strengthened enormously just simply by getting out and socializing, which in the past was not something I could do without using a substance of some kind. My spirituality has grown tremendously in Balboa Park while doing yoga. Meditation is something I could not do, to be with myself and not have my mind running has been a great side effect that I have received from this program that has been provided by YPR. To my surprise my experiences working with YPR have always been positive, leaning towards returning to events when they come up. I have tried many programs, and in many cases I find it hard to enjoy myself. This has not happened in any of the events I have taken part in with YPR. YPR inspires me to try new things. I don’t fully know myself yet and overtime I am finding things I enjoy doing that I never thought I would. I have been challenged to speak with people I normally would not. My ability to just say hello to someone I have never met has come back. This is a skill I lost over time while self-isolating in my home. I never thought the words (sobriety and happiness) belonged in the same sentence but over this time I have found that they do.
YPR has enhanced my long term recovery by including physical activities like surfing, biking, and yoga, all of which are with other men and women in recovery who I am proud to call my friends.