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Beating LIFE’S Obstacles: Pro skateboarder can help recovering addicts in Pacific Seaside



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Professional skateboarder Brandon Turner flies over a trash can on his board. Turner is a recovery coach at Healthy Life Recovery in Pacific Beach. COURTESY PHOTO

Professional skateboarder Brandon Turner flies around a trash can on his board. Turner is a restoration mentor at Healthier Existence Recovery in Pacific Beach front. COURTESY Photo


Professional skateboarder Brandon Turner was a target of early achievement and the excesses of his life style, which in the end led to substance abuse, run-ins with the law, and incarceration.

The now-sober Turner is back on his ft – and skateboard – supporting others steer clear of the mistakes he made by means of Healthy Daily life Restoration, a San Diego rehab middle at 4747 Mission Blvd.

Turner and Healthy Daily life have teamed to generate a joint plan that offers lessons and a supportive local community for equally recovering skaters and sufferers interested in mastering the activity as a way to stay lively and wholesome in the course of their recovery.

Turner, who claims to have hopped on his very first skateboard at age 2, said he was a victim of also substantially, also quickly. “I experienced a great deal of achievement at an early age with sponsorships and touring the globe as an beginner skater with a group and fellow teammates placing out video clip initiatives,” he stated.

But Turner obtained tripped up by the unfavorable pitfalls of the skateboarding way of life.

“It can develop into a quickly lifestyle with a lot of partying and the misfit mentality of getting a rebel against the law and finding ticketed and arrested,” he claimed. “It just finished up catching up with me. Then it escalated. I did not understand I experienced become dependent on working with medication and alcohol. And then it turned an daily detail.”

Incarceration finally compelled Turner to look for help and obtain himself.

“It took some time for me to actually turn out to be humble sufficient to just take (sobriety) strategies from men and women that cared about me,” he mentioned.

Of rehabilitation, Turner said: “It gave me a chance to combine myself on a religious journey, to where I’m now getting sober and going again and serving to other folks. I wished to open up up my very own skateboarding software for individuals like myself who were being going by means of substance-abuse or psychological-wellbeing troubles, display them what I did (to recuperate) by means of my practical experience.”

The skateboard prodigy now is effective with men and women from all walks of existence to “help them locate a various outlet, a distinct life style, exhibiting all the beneficial factors of skateboarding though dwelling a beneficial way of living. In essence, showing them that you really do not have to throw your existence absent and get into difficulties with the regulation and go to jail to be amazing or validated in the streets.”

Turner now is effective with clientele on a weekly program getting them out skating or to grab a bite. “We have conferences, go about some curriculum when it arrives to giving them the equipment to remain satisfied and keep sober,” he stated. “We give them the electrical power to know that they’re not by yourself. With group aid and by keeping on your own accountable, you do not have to drop into the entice of self-pity or ego.”

Of his recovered way of life, Turner said: “I sense personally incredible and I’m constantly learning and expanding. I really feel like I have found my life’s goal. In the earlier, I would be in self-pity, why is this happening to me? But now I want to give back to some others and exhibit them how I did it.”

Turner has discovered even better accomplishment in the skateboarding business the 2nd time about.

“I’m still an active expert skateboarder,” he said. “I have a clothes line, I’m driving for a corporation traveling and carrying out video assignments, and I’m staying creative in a good way.”

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