They Climb, Bike, Run, Lift, Box Their Way Out of Addiction

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Scott Strode

Phoenix Multisport

Scott Strode, founder of Phoenix Multisport, ice climbing in Ouray, Colo.

The pull of crack cocaine, heroin or alcohol can drive the mortal into the abyss of addiction. So, what exactly does that abyss look like and feel like for a teenager? “It’s a pretty dark place once you’re there,” said Mario Rossi, who should know. He started drugging and drinking at 14, and he crossed the line with overdoses. Rossi said he knew he was in the abyss because he was connected to absolutely nothing and no one, not even himself . . .

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